What's that, Beethoven? You say you want us to read the news?
What's that, Beethoven? You say you want us to read the news? iStock
Last week was light in the news department and heavy in the saturated fat one. But things have picked up this week. The child molestation scandal involving Russian conductor Mikahil Pletnev seems to have drawn to a close. And orchestras are still struggling — though that may or may not qualify as news anymore.
- Child molestation charges have been dropped against Mikhail Pletnev, who was arrested last summer in Thailand on suspicion of assaulting a teenager.
- This year's $100,000 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition has gone to Louis Andriessen for his opera La Commedia.
- Colleagues reflect on working with Peter Mark, the ousted artistic director of Virginia Opera, in the Virginian-Pilot. Mark also tells his side of the story.
- Concert Review: Ivan Hewett calls London Philharmonic conductor Vladimir Jurowski an "electrifying phenomenon." And he found Helene Grimaud's recent recital at Festival Hall in London to be "often thrilling."
- Mahler Recommendation: The Telegraph continues to mark Gustav Mahler's sesquicentennial — this week, Hewett suggests some favorite recordings of the Eighth Symphony.
- Ask A Conductor: On Dec. 8, conductors around the world will log onto Twitter at the same time to answer the world's questions about music, conducting and whatever else askers can think of.
- Guerrilla Orchestra: Classical musicians continue to bring music into public spaces — next Friday, spontaneous orchestras will appear throughout the UK.
- Unnecessary Violence? An English National Opera production of Don Giovanni, which contains two rape scenes, has been described by a reviewer as "brutal, ugly and cruel."
- Soprano As Writer: Singer Danielle DeNiese has written her first article on the Huffington Post. Anne Midgette wonders what direction DeNiese's writing will take.
- Jessica Duchen delves into the life of Peter Pope, a brilliant composer who renounced music when he joined a religious sect.
- The Next Opera Superstar: Western opera is enjoying ever-widening appeal in China, where officials want to transform the new National Center For The Performing Arts into a world-class opera venue.