Music review: Brooklyn Rider rocks around Debussy

An address of distinction for young artists these days, Brooklyn is, especially for musicians, a neighborly borough where formal barriers barely exist anymore.

Brooklyn Rider, for instance, made its Orange County debut at Irvine Barclay Theatre Wednesday night but might just as well have performed in a club. It played Debussy and Philip Glass and joined forces with a player of the ancient Japanese flute, the shakuhachi. The quartet could just as well have been on the bill the same night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, where the Iranian kamancheh star, Kayhan Kalhor, happened to be appearing at the same time 45 miles away on his spike fiddle. In fact, it is a good question why Brooklyn Rider and Kalhor weren’t together. Two years ago, they joined forces for a CD, “Silent City,” and it is a knockout.

The dazzling fingers-in-every-pie versatility that Brooklyn Rider exhibits is one of the wonders of contemporary music. All four players are also members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Violinist Johnny Gandelsman has entrepreneurial talent: He started a New York new music series and the Riders’ record label, In a Circle.

Read the full article in Los Angeles Times.

Corruption, intrigue… and that's before the Wagner's even begun

A scandal of Wagnerian proportions has engulfed Salzburg’s music festival, just weeks before Sir Simon Rattle conducts the German composer’s opera Götterdämmerung, a tale of corruption and downfall that now seems particularly apt.

The week-long Easter festival has been shaken to the core after an apparent suicide attempt by its technical chief and the disappearance of the director amid allegations of a massive fraud totalling over €2m (£1.7m).

Austrian state prosecutors announced at the weekend that they were investigating eight people connected with the event on suspicion of deception and embezzlement. “We expect our inquiries to take months,” a spokesman said. “It involves non-existent companies and offshore bank accounts.”

Read the full article in The Independent here.

Corigliano speaks out on ‘Darkness’ rejection

Last week, MovieScore Magazine published the news about Howard Shore replacing John Corigliano as the original score composer on the upcoming Mel Gibson thriller, Edge of Darkness. Today, we have a lot more information for you – from Corigliano himself! One of the most respected and acclaimed composers of contemporary concert music in the world, Corigliano had written three feature film scores prior to Edge of Darkness, with The Red Violin earning him the Oscar ten years ago. The rejection of his Edge of Darkness score was met with great disappointment among fans of his music and in the film music community, and the reasons behind the switch of composers has been somewhat unclear.

MovieScore Magazine can now present to you a revealing interview with John Corigliano himself on his music for Edge of Darkness, and the events that ultimately led to the rejection of the score. Why was it replaced? What did it sound like? Will he ever score another film? Moviescore Magazine asked.

Listen to The Red Violin Caprices on Spotify here.