The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: New opera “Il Postino” sells out; a Strad sets a record; a Vivaldi concerto is discovered; Detroit strike continues; beer goes with their Beethoven; and “objective” orchestra auditions are biased

October 30, 2010

By Jacob Stockinger

So far, reaction toward posting a week’s end roundup of classical music news continues to be favorable.

So I’ll try it a third time and see what you think.

It makes up for how traditional media are short-changing the arts – but not politics or sports, you can be sure — and especially classical music. And it is an easy read that can be done in chunks at different times.

So I hope you enjoy it.

Let me know one way or the other.


New Latin America opera “Il Postino” sells out — below, superstar tenor Placido Domingo in the role of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda — and sets the world abuzz in a swelling up of Latin American culture:,0,1472909.story


A Stradivarius violin (below) sets a world record price at auction:


Now in a strike that is almost a month long, is the management of the Detroit Symphony (below) taking dumb and self-destructive positions?

Meanwhile, Cleveland Symphony musicians join their Detroit colleagues in solidarity:


The manuscript of a long-lost Vivaldi manuscript for flute concerto (below) has been discovered in Scotland:


Should Beethoven come with a beer? A new study shows that how concerts are presented must change to attract younger audiences.


Are orchestra auditions as objective as some claim? The answer might surprise you.

Do you have reactions to any of these stories?

The Ear wants to hear.

Posted in Classical music

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