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Mariss Jansons

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

June 2

Where’s Netrebko? Here she is…

Norman Lebrecht - Slipped discWe reported exclusively that Anna Netrebko has skipped her last Eugene Onegin in Paris to attend the inauguration of Valery Gergiev’s private concert hall on the outskirts of St Petersburg. A Russian website, dp.ru, has a picture of Netrebko toasting her mentor at the opening. Among other celebrities in attendance were the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, the former russian finance minister Alexei Kudrin (he’s chair of the Mariinsky board) and the conductor Mariss Jansons.

Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

June 23

Concertgebouw goes free as video policy fails

As of today, you can watch concert videos on the Concertgebouw site after the orchestra decided there was no point in charging for them. The RCO has also abandoned all further releases on RCO editions, according to its press release. You can watch the free videos here. They include concerts by Jansons, Gatti, Fischer, Nelsons and Blomstedt.




Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

May 7

Reports of a new Joyce Hatto

Remember the British pianist whose highly-praised recordings turned out to be husband-made home copies of releases by major artists? It appears she may have an Italian fan. The pianist Marc Pantillon, professor at the Conservatoire of Lausanne, Switzerland, has drawn attention to a CD of solo Brahms by Maurizio Moretti, professor at Calgiari and at the Schola Cantorum, Paris. Pantillon alleges that Moretti’s new recording is identical to his 2005 release. An Italian pianist, Luca Ciammarughi, supports his contention with comparisons here: Moretti’s release was withdrawn last week by the label, Inviolata, and the label’s owner issued an apology to Pantillon. Moretti has also deleted all of his own postings about the recording. But there’s more. A sound engineer, Alexander Kalashnikov, now claims that Moretti’s release of Tchaikovsky’s Seasons is identical to a 2002 recording that he produced with the pianist Victor Ryabchikov. Moretti’s version appeared on Decca. UPDATE: A third concern relates to his recording of the Rachmaninov 2nd concerto and Paganini Variations with ‘the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, conductor Alexander Petrov’. Ciammarughi finds alarming affinities with the EMI recording by Mikhail Rudy and Mariss Jansons. Professor Moretti is a respected pianist with an international career. He makes frequent appearances on competition juries. We have asked him to respond to these mysterious coincidences. It is possible he is the unwitting victim of some third party fraud, as was the unfortunate Hatto herself. In any event, we await Moretti’s explanation.



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