Ernest Fleischmann, the longtime manager of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a revolutionary force in modern orchestral culture, has died at the age of eighty-five. His monument stands at the corner of First and Grand in LA.
From the Bay Area come glowing reports for the San Francisco Opera's production of Die Walküre, in which the brilliant Swedish soprano Nine Stemme sings her first American Brünnhilde. Above, Stemme sings the Liebestod from Tristan.
In 2005, I wrote a series of posts here on the changing etiquette of concert-hall applause. I summarized my findings in an extended "special report." I returned to the topic back in March, in a lecture at the Royal Philharmonic Society in London. I meant to post the text of the speech but never got around to it. Here's
a pdf. Incidentally, I was delighted by the response to my "Paris" Symphony experiment, in which I asked the audience to behave as Mozart's audience behaved. The very distinguished crowd at Wigmore Hall applauded in the "right" places and then applauded itself for doing so. Some video footage of the incident appeared on the BBC, but it longer seems to be available.
I mention the Bohemian and Prague Quartets' classic pre-war Dvořák recordings, which Ward Marston beautifully remastered for Biddulph. Unfortunately, that issue seems to be out of print. The Emersons' new three-CD set is generally excellent.