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Friday, June 23, 2017


Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

May 29

The Met has finally sorted out its flutes. Or has it?

Norman Lebrecht - Slipped discTwo years ago, the Met orchestra was rocked by the resignation of both principal flutes. Denis Bouriakov went to Dudamel’s Los Angeles Philharmonic and Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson to Muti’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra. A years ago, the Met hired two stand-ins on a one-year contract : Demarre McGill, principal flute of Dallas, and Erik Gratton, principal of Nashville. Due to the delays involving tenure, auditions were not held to replace them until last week. On Friday, Gratton won the first place and Chelsea Knox the second. That means Demarre McGill, hugely gifted and popular, is left without a seat in this cruel game of musical chairs. He won’t go long without one. However…. and here’s the twist in the tale … we hear the Erik Gratton is telling friends he’s undecided whether to take the Met job or to return to Nashville, where his wife is associate concertmaster. Nothing’s easy in this musical world.

Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

June 13

Sad news: America’s foremost Verdi scholar has died

Italian media have just reported the death of Philip Gossett, editor of the critical Verdi edition, as well as many Rossini scores. Philip, who died today in Chicago after a long illness, was 76. Many maestros have expressed their gratitude for his deft work in clarifying uncertain passages in Verdi, chief among them Riccardo Muti, who worked with him on Attila and Rigoletto. He wrote two books on Donizetti and a third on performing practice in Italian opera.






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