28th October: Hendrix-Handel double act, music icon Cho & Kovacevich interview

Wednesday 28th October 2015

Classical News

In today’s news, soprano Marlis Petersen says goodbye to Lulu, Jimi Hendrix forms double act with Handel at London museum & pianist Seong-Jin Cho is the newest classical music icon in Korea. Also, Stephen Kovacevich reveals how he ‘attuned to the dark side of life’

The Guardian

Jimi Hendrix forms double act with Handel at London museum

The guitarist’s restored 1960s flat will open to visitors next spring in a building adjoining the 18th-century composer’s former home


Stephen Kovacevich: ‘I’ve attuned to the dark side of life’

It may seem a surprising remark from this apparently otherworldly man, but it’s all of a piece with his labours every day at the piano

The Strad

Joshua Bell on performing and directing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto for the first time

The star soloist and Academy of St Martin in the Fields music director will perform and direct the work with the ensemble in London in November

New York Times

Classical Music This Week: The Met and the Mets, Female Conductors and Schiff’s Pedal

With the World Series starting tonight, the Metropolitan Opera got in on the action: Mr. Met, the team’s mascot, led members of the company’s orchestra and chorus in “Meet the Mets” this morning

The Nation

Pianist Cho, Korea’s newest classical music icon

SEOUL – Seong-Jin Cho, the winner of the Chopin piano competition, is a new classical music icon in Korea, setting recording history even before the release of his first solo album


Psychoaktive Klangsubstanzen

Offenbar sind wir in der Lage, im Gemenge der auf uns einströmenden Schallwellen winzige Details wiederzuerkennen, unser Gehör im Nu „scharf“ auf sie einzustellen und so einen musikalischen Komplex zu isolieren, der „eigentlich“ doch gar nicht hörbar sein dürfte. Wie gelingt uns das?


Ehrenpreis der Deutschen Musical Akademie für Peter Weck

Der österreichische Autor, Produzent frühere Intendant der Vereinigten Bühnen Wien, Peter Weck, ist mit dem Ehrenpreis der Deutschen Musical Akademie ausgezeichnet worden. Weck wurde damit für seine herausragenden Leistungen im Musical-Bereich gewürdigt


Roberto Minczuk gibt künstlerische Leitung des Brasilianischen Symphonieorchesters ab

Der umstrittene Dirigent Roberto Minczuk hat nach monatelangen Querelen den Posten des Künstlerischen Leiters beim Brasilianischen Symphonieorchester aufgegeben, bleibt aber Chefdirigent

The New York Times

Soprano Marlis Petersen Is Saying Goodbye to Lulu

Quitting while ahead is never easy, but walking away while on top is truly rare. So it was startling to hear Marlis Petersen, the German soprano who reigns in the daunting title role of Berg’s “Lulu”

South China Morning Post

Bassist prejudice: Hong Kong’s MTR eases ban on cellos, larger musical instruments still not allowed

Trial scheme allows for registered instruments to be carried aboard, but larger guzheng and double bass will remain banned from trains


Sinfini MusicShould bobbing your head in time be allowed at classical concerts? What about clapping between movements? Coughing?

BBC Music MagazineVery sad to hear of the death of organ builder Peter Collins. An incredible craftsman and a wonderful man.

Classic FM9 problems only music teachers will understand:


Hendrix rented the attic flat at 23 Brook Street, in the centre, long after Handel lived next door. The two buildings have since been knocked together. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA/The Guardian