The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: UW cellist Parry Karp gets a rave in Elgar. Child molestation charges are dropped against Mikhail Pletnev. Chicago Symphony maestro Riccardo Muti says no to Rome Opera. Dutch composer Louis Andriessen wins a major award. Mozart improves bananas and sake.

December 4, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

Today’s news clips are a mix of the local, the regional, the national and the international. Here’s hoping they engage you:

ITEM: UW-Madison and Pro Arte cellist Parry Karp (below top) — who will perform early Beethoven. mature Mozart and Glazunov with the Pro Arte String Quartet this Sunday on “Live From the Chazen” —  gets a rave review for his first-ever performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto (below bottom, in a historic performance featuring Jacqueline Du Pre and Daniel Barenboim) with UW alumnus and conductor Kenneth Woods (below middle) in Wales.

ITEM: Charges of child molestation against pianist-conductor Mikhail Pletnev (below) are dropped:

ITEM: Ailing conductor Riccardo Muti (below) says he is too busy in Chicago to sign a contract with the Rome Opera:,0,5194523.column

ITEM: Dutch composer Louis Andriessen (below) wins major award:

Hey, I didn’t give the award to him.

ITEM: The New York Philharmonic and its music director/conductor Alan Gilbert (below) will offer the 2010-11 season on iTunes with an iPass:

ITEM: An international artist management company launches a new record label that sounds promising with a roster famous names including conductor Kent Nagano (below):

ITEM: Japan uses Mozart (below) to ripen bananas and improve sake:–japan-turns-to-mozart-to-improve-sake-taste

Can’t you just hear them saying: Hurry up and ripen!

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