2nd July: Harrison Birtwistle, Baaba Maal and Jean-Philippe Rolland

Monday 2nd July 2012

The Guardian

Harrison Birtwistle: the music of myth

Harrison Birtwistle’s music has always drawn on the rituals and stories of English folk. But is the bucolic Latitude festival ready for disembowelling and murder?

Jessica Duchen

An operatic top ten

What makes a really good opera production?

LA Times

‘Wilhelm Furtwangler: The Legacy’ is 107 CDs of musical hypnotism

The CD box shows the enigmatic German conductor’s passion.

Toscani collection illustrates conductor’s great heights

RCA’s remastered 48-CD set is irresistible.

Financial Times

The bright continent

Africa Utopia is the month-long showcase that its curator Baaba Maal has dreamt for a decade.

New York Times

Surround Sounds Through the Centuries

Alan Gilbert’s ‘Philharmonic 360’ at Park Avenue Armory.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Abbado, injured in a fall, gives rare interview

The conductor, 79 last week, refused to permit photographs of his facial scratches and bruises but appeared otherwise in good health when he spoke to the Berliner Morgenpost.

The hot young violinist who’s dividing China in two

This is Li Chuan Yun, also known as  Chanyun Li, who many Chinese think is the country’s violin equivalent to Lang Lang.

Lang Lang contracts out his tweets and facebook page

Lang Lang signs to Inverne Price for Social Networking.


Fabulous Figaro as Glyndebourne returns to its boots

Seventh production in 78 years a visual and vocal treat.

Jean-Philippe Rolland joins at EMI Classics as A&R president

Succeeds Andrew Cornall from July.