Classical Music News – 15th August

Monday 15th August 2011

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music news.

New York Times

Virtuosos Becoming a Dime a Dozen

In the last decade or so the growth of technical proficiency among young pianists has seemed exponential. The new generation that can play anything includes Yuja Wang.

LA Times

L.A. Philharmonic has welcome mat out for guest conductor

Orchestra members are looking forward to Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos’ Hollywood Bowl concerts this week. ‘The chemistry works very well,’ the Spaniard says.


Songs without Words

And – in some cases – symphonies without conductors?

Jessica Duchen

I love you, Nigel Kennedy

‘Blimey, guv – good old Nigel is at it again. In an age when much of the world feels toothless and truthless, he hasn’t lost one bit of his bite or his bark.’

The Guardian

A masterclass with Bernard Haitink

What makes a great conductor? Tom Service joins Bernard Haitink’s Lucerne festival masterclass, only to find that the maestro himself is still looking for the answers.

The Guardian

Flautist Carla Rees loses instruments in Croydon riot fire

Renowned musician’s flat containing music library and at least ten flutes, some custom-made, burned to ground.

The Times

Vatican archive to display Mozart honour

A lambskin parchment conferring a Papal knighthood on the boy-prodigy Mozart is to be put on public view for the first time as the Vatican opens up its secret archives.