Miscellany

Herbert von Karajan

(Curated classical music news and views from around the internet.)

  • Classical musicians the world over know IMSLP (the free International Music Score Library); now the founder speaks….
  • The George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition is well underway; performances are about to begin….
  • You, too, can help save the house of Georges Bizet (in French)….
  • The soon-to-be-released complete recordings of Herbert von Karajan on Decca and Deutsche Grammophon are poised to set a Guinness record….
  • The Albany Symphony has just received a donation of $7 million; meanwhile the Detroit Symphony gets $15 million….
  • Critic Tim Page writes a review of the massive new biography of Toscanini….
  • Sarasota Orchestra’s music director Anu Tali is stepping down; her next stop (in December) is Pacific Symphony….
  • After 25 years as a trail-blazing music director of the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas will retire….

Miscellany

(Curated news and views from around the web. Click on the highlighted links to read the full articles.)

In The New Yorker, David Denby writes a fine summing up of the career of conductor Arturo Toscanini, on the occasion of the maestro’s 150th anniversary and the publication of a mammoth new biography by Harvey Sachs…. The Canadian guide to classical music slang intersects with our own only intermittently, but it’s still amusing…. Beethoven’s Ninth means different things to different people, including, probably, the leaders attending the G-20 summit…. Tom Service has written a guide to contemporary classical music, taking 50 composers and their music one at a time…. Italian conductors still make headlines: Riccardo Muti has led a joint concert in Tehran with the the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra and the Tehran Symphony Orchestra …. Mason Bates’s new opera “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” will have its premiere at Santa Fe Opera this month…. A new recording (well, a reissue and remastering) features the music of — gasp — music critics. Some can.