This is what happened in classical music this week:
- Unexpected Result: The winner of prestigious Chopin Competition has been announced — and it wasn't who most people thought it would be. Jessica Duchen doesn't pretend to like the result.
- An Indefensible Position: As the Detroit Symphony strike enters its third week, Mark Gaffney criticizes the orchestra management's decisions.
- Questions in wake of an audition: The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Peter Dobin questions whether auditions are truly as objective as orchestras claim. The answer? Probably not.
- Latin American High Note: Mark Swed of the L.A. Times examines the huge success of Daniel Catan’s new opera, Il Postino.
- The World's Fastest Bumblebee: Violinist Oliver Lewis played Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight Of The Bumblebee in just over one minute, setting a new world record. It’s actually not bad.
- New Appointment: Neeme Jarvi, a star conductor of the Soviet era, has been named artistic director of Switzerland's Suisse Romande Orchestra.
- For Pianists: Here's a huge interactive collection of Chopin manuscripts. Only click if you have hours to watch and listen.
- Strikingly Modern: The Guardian posted a haunting, little known song that might challenge everything you thought about Edward Elgar’s music.