Friday, October 21, 2016
The superstar Chinese pianist on the rigours of childhood practice, mum’s home cooking and sharing a flat with his dad and some miceFood is so important in Chinese culture. Millions of books say what you should eat in each week of each season, on Monday rather than Sunday, full-moon or half-moon, rain or thunder. Food is the number one subject talked about every day, even more than the economy.In the cultural revolution of the 60s, my future parents – who were middle-class musicians – were taken away to work on distant rice farms in the countryside for five years, where they ate very little. So, I was the only child – because of the one-child laws – of parents who’d had their career dreams shattered. I have no memory of my father smiling. Continue reading...
The Chinese state news agency Xinhua has reported that a Lang Lang dinner in New York raised $2,049,000 for his education foundation. Supporting acts at the dinner included Michael Feinstein and Lisa Fischer. The achievement has not appeared in any western media.
“Ms. Lang, 41 years old, graduated from the Juilliard School in 1997 with a job in hand, dancing for acclaimed contemporary choreographer Twyla Tharp . But soon the reality of being a professional dancer—repeating the same dances on tour, without time to develop new work—ended the dream. ‘I toured the world,’ she said. ‘And I just didn’t like being a dancer.'”
The complete awards, presented last night: Female singer of the year: Anna Netrebko Male singer of the year: Philippe Jaroussky Instrumentalist (clarinet): Martin Fröst Instrumentalist (cello): Sol Gabetta Instrumentalist (piano): Grigory Sokolov Instrumentalist (flute): Stefan Temmingh Instrumentalist (violin): Pinchas Zukerman Conductor of the Year: Antonio Pappano Ensemble: Berliner Philharmoniker Bestseller of the Year: Jonas Kaufmann
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff A high-spirited cast reprise the classic musical with mischief and crowdpleasing comedy, backed by a luxuriant orchestra intent on enjoying themselvesAnother op’nin’, another show …” Welsh National Opera has taken on Jo Davies’s staging that Opera North premiered just a year ago, but Cole Porter’s take on The Taming of the Shrew was a shoo-in for WNO’s Shakespeare-themed autumn season and a suitable antidote to its earlier Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice. Sam and Bella Spewack’s book, with their deft winding of Kate and Petruchio’s love-hate relationship into the post-divorce spats and subsequent reconciliation of director/actor Fred Graham and leading lady Lilli Vanessi, makes this a musical with high energy and spirits to match and Quirijn de Lang and Jeni Bern reprise their Opera North success in these roles. Continue reading...
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: I am not the right person to be reviewing this album, but then I’m not sure the right person actually exists. This is a Sony crossover project that falls smack between the tracks. How does one rate it on a scale of one to five? Obviously five stars for production. Read on here. And here. And here.