The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: Famed diva, composer and conductor die. Are music contests ageist? Hi-def broadcasts move beyond the Met. What composers would be great dinner guests? | November 13, 2010

By Jacob Stockinger

It’s Saturday – so here is my weekly news update with some clips that I hope you find as enjoyable and informative as I did:


Famous and best-selling Polish composer Henryk Gorecki (below) dies at 76:órecki


Musicians are also losing their jobs. So maybe this should come as no surprise. But the famous Young Artists Competition is sued for age discrimination.


Many symphony orchestras and ballet companies are following the Met’s lead with successful big screen hi-def broadcasts:,0,548456.story


Opera diva mezzo-soprano Shirley Verrett dies at 79:


Musical America names the winners of its prestigious 2011 awards, who include Anne- Sophie Mutter (below):


Famed Russian conductor Rudolf Barshai (below) dies at 86:


Which composers would you like to have dinner with? National Public Radio’s classical music blog “Deceptive Cadence” has some good answers from various musicians. But why doesn’t anyone choose Chopin?

Posted in Classical music


  1. Love the Gorecki 3rd symphony, loved Verrett – heard her a number of times in SF – and really liked Barshai. I heard him conduct his version of Mahletr’s 10th here in Tokyo a few years ago, and I thought it was excellent – sort of Mahler meets Shostakovich. There is an interesting recording of it with Barshai conducting. RIP tutti.

    Comment by Larry Wells — November 19, 2010 @ 6:24 am

    • Hi Larry,
      Good to hear from you.
      Ironic, isn’t it?
      The Gorecki Symphony No. 3 “Sorrowful Songs” seems especially appropriate this week, given the losses to classical music.
      Hope all is well.

      Comment by welltemperedear — November 20, 2010 @ 10:58 am

  2. Hello,

    Last Saturday, November 13, those who love opera had the opportunity to see in a local cinema “Don Pasquale,” broadcast live in HD from the Met in New York. If you had the chance to see it, you are now being invited to participate in a study about this experience.

    My name is Florin, I am a doctoral student in Toronto, Canada. I wish to know your thoughts and feelings, and to learn about the reasons you attend this kind of event, about the kind of experience you are having while attending a music concert, opera, theatre, ballet or else. Please, offer us 20 minutes of your time and let us know how was it. Just go to:

    I am grateful for your willingness to participate in this study, where I work with colleagues at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, and University of Innsbruck in Austria. I hope to hear from you. Thanks!


    Comment by Florin — November 16, 2010 @ 8:14 am

    • Hi Florin,
      Thank you for reading and writing.
      I hope my readers will follow the blog you provide and help your study.
      You might also want to check out my post last Saturday about how similar broadcasts are being used by more symphony orchestras and even ballet companies.

      Comment by welltemperedear — November 16, 2010 @ 8:19 am

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