Classical Music News – 20th September

Tuesday 20th September 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.

The Times

The Passenger at the London Coliseum

Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s 1968 opera The Passenger, based on a novel by Zofia Posmysz, has a grim authenticity, says Richard Morrison.

The Telegraph

Night of Hunters: Tori Amos achieves the impossible – a pop/classical crossover that doesn’t make you cringe.

Pop/classical crossover is a ‘banana skin’ but Tori Amos makes it look easy, says Lucy Jones.

The other Rachmaninov Third and its deep sadness

Seventy five years after the piece was written and premiered, Stephen Hough thinks the composer would be happy and content to know how much his music and this piece is loved.

Why the Israel Philharmonic isn’t world-class but the Rotterdam Philharmonic is

This last weekend Michael White managed to hear something British audiences the week before did not, except with difficulty: the Israel Philharmonic, uninterrupted. Unfortunately, he was left feeling underwhelmed.

Slipped Disc

The violinist who was executed in the Tower

Daniel Hope has a new radio documentary coming up about a German-Brazilian violinist who was convicted of spying in the First World War and executed in the Tower of London. Norman Lebrecht reports.