The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: Can a violin help devastated Japan recover from earthquakes and tsunami? Conductor Riccardo Muti and pianist Emanuel Ax receive major honors. A composer dies. And a controversial music biographer dies.

May 7, 2011
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By Jacob Stockinger

This Saturday brings another mish-mash of news with both the living and the dead as well as the honored.

ITEM: The world’s most expensive Stradivarius violin (below is another Strad, a painting of the violin maker and the precious label) will be put up for auction and is expected to get $10 million – all of which will go to the relief fund for victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami:

ITEM: Computer music pioneer Max Mathews (below top) and the voice of Hal 9000 (below bottom) in the film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Max Mathews, has died at 84:

ITEM: Classical music biographer Joan Peyser, whose study of Leonard Bernstein raised some hackles, has died at 80:

ITEM: Some honor recently reduced the chatty pianist Emanuel Ax to silence. What was it?

ITEM: Chicago Symphony maestro Riccardo Muti’s run of good luck since his recovery from illness and return to the CSO podium continues with a major prize:

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