Jul 03

Marcello Mencarini’s unique classical music archive is now at Lebrecht

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Marcello Mencarini has placed his unique and extensive classical music photographs (almost all in colour) with Lebrecht Music & Arts. We are, of course, more than delighted to represent this essential and specialist collection. These thousands of photographs are the jewel in the crown of the Mencarini archive, starting in 1979 and continuing through to the early 2000s. This covers the period of the great conductors, musicians and singers of the last part of the 20th century, when record companies were still booming and the classical music industry was thriving. Lebrecht is proud to have this association with the Mencarini archive.

The classical music coverage began as a result of Marcello Mencarini working for L’Espresso magazine where he photographed music personalities, and also in 1983 when he was working for Fare Musica. After that there was no looking back and his name was closely identified with the specialist world of music.

Naturally the strongest contingent of musicians are Italian and the archive includes virtually every Italian musician who was active during this time. Performers range from Italian soprano Mirella Freni, photographed in 1980 and 1990, legendary singer Mario del Monaco and composer Franco Donatoni, to Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly rehearsing with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam in 1991, Italian composer Luciano Berio in 1982 and 1988 with his scores and also conducting, Italian conductor Carlo Maria Giulini rehearsing in Rome in 1989 – and hundreds more. And, of course, he photographed famous concert halls in Milan, Naples, Rome, Turin, Vienna, Bratislava where all these musicians performed.

Other artists he captured in the prime of their careers include opera singer Nicolai Ghiaurov in his dressing room at Scala, Milan, Myung-Whun Chung conducting in Rome in 1998, Valery Gergiev early on in his meteoric career, Hungarian conductor Ivan Fischer, Hungarian composer György Kurtàg and his wife Marta playing piano in 1991, informal and conducting photos of Leonard Bernstein in 1983 and 1989, Christa Ludwig the German mezzo-soprano in 1983, American opera singer Shirley Verret, conductor Peter Maag in 1989, Lorin Maazel in 1992, the young Mischa Maisky in 1992, Hungarian soprano Eva Marton, Carlos Kleiber conducting in 1987, Argentinian composer Mauricio Kagel in 1982, Hans Werner Henze conducting in 1991, Philip Glass in 1989 and 1998, and on to Greek composer Iannis Xenakis with his scores in 1982.

This classical music archive fills in all those gaps that you can never usually track down.


The classcial music archive also includes some of the major choreographers and dancers of this period: American choreographer Meredith Monk in 1979, Italian ballet dancer Roberto Bolle, choreographer Maurice Béjart, Lindsay Kemp in 1993, haunting photos of Rudolph Nureyev in 1985, Russian ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, American choreographer Bob Fosse, American dancer and choreographer Louis Falco, Merce Cunningham in 1995, Spanish flamenco dancer Joaquì­n Cortés at the Teatro Olimpico in 1995, and of course, the ubiquitous Pina Bausch, the German choreographer.

Rudolph Nureyev


Jul 03

Marcello Mencarini’s Famous Archives: Representation by Lebrecht Music & Arts


Lebrecht Music & Arts are thrilled to announce our exclusive representation of the photo archive of Italian photographer Marcello Mencarini.  He is steeped in the history of the Italian photographers’ world, describing himself as ‘photographer, filmmaker, journalist, performer, project manager, art director’. It is probably impossible to recreate or relive this period in photography’s history, but his career is one that young photographers still dream of attaining.

It all began in 1974 when, with Roberto Pieributi, he set up the advertising agency Freelance. By 1979 he had moved to L’Espresso magazine, producing photo journalism features on the musical, literary and cultural  personalities of the day. He went on to work closely with the monthly classical music magazine Piano Time and to collaborate with the renowned photo agency Grazia Neri. He was a frequent visitor to the Venice Art Biennales, and later, in 1997 to 2003, produced a photographic series that asked international artists to draw themselves with a digital camera.

Very early on in the development of the new digital technology he understood the implications and potential of these new tools.  In 2001 he developed Kilo, a website where users could upload their videos and share them with other users in the community.  He set up the first professional reportage solely using camera phones at the September 2002 Venice Film Festival.  And this list only begins to tap the surface of the many projects realised by Marcello Mencarini over forty years of working in the photography industry.

What is particularly special about Mencarini’s photos is that even the early ones  were shot in colour while other photographers were still working in black and white.

Festival di Sanremo 1990

He covered the great names in the rock and jazz scenes of the 1980s and 1990s.

Frank Zappa performing with his guitar in 1982, Tina Turner in 1990, Patti Smith the American singer and song writer, rock guitarist Carlos Santana in 1985, Rod Stewart in 1990, Sting performing in 1984 in Rome, Nick Cave in 1999, Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell in 1983, Liza Minelli in 1985, Bob Marley in pensive mood in 1980, the seductive Ute Lemper in 1999, the heavy metal band Kiss in characteristic face paint in 1980. Plus many other ‘greats’ of this period such as Elton John, Juliette Greco, Serge Gainsbourg, James Brown, and classic portraits of David Bowie at his peak in 1983.

From the jazz world he photographed American saxophonists Jerry Mulligan and George Adams, Dave Holland the double bassist, trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, and jazz drummer Art Blakey in 1984, as well as many more performing jazz legends.

Jul 02

Franz Kafka manuscripts awarded by court to the National Library of Israel

The long running legal battle for the ownership of the manuscripts that Kafka entrusted to his friend Max Brod to burn after his passing has finally been resolved. The judgment, published Wednesday, ordered Tel Aviv resident Eva Hoffe to hand all the papers in her possession to the National Library of Israel. Brod took the manuscripts with him to Palestine when he fled Nazi persecution in 1939.

He died in 1968 and bequeathed the Kafka collection, including unpublished writings, to his secretary, Esther Hoffe. She was to “publish his work and ensure after her death that his literary estate be placed for safekeeping in a suitable institution,” the court record showed.

In 1973 the secretary was said to have offered the Kafka manuscripts for auction overseas. She died in 2007 and her daughters started legal proceedings claiming the papers. The Tel Aviv district court accepted the library’s argument that “Brod’s last wish was that his life’s work, his material legacy, should be entrusted in its entirety to public archives.”

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Jul 01

Congratulations to Ben Uri Gallery on the celebration of their centenary today

Ben Uri Art Gallery celebrates its centenary year with the exhibition Out of Chaos; Ben Uri: 100 Years in London. It all started on 1 July 1915 in London’s East End when Russian-Jewish émigré Lazar Berson and like-minded local artists and craftsmen formed a society to nurture art and creativity.

For the next 100 years, it’s a story of art, identity and migration . The art collection of 1,300 artworks includes outstanding works by Bomberg, Gerler, Isaac Rosenberg, Kramer, and Jacob Epstein. The dynamic director David Glasser is tenaciously determined to find a new home for this collection. We are sure he will succeed.

Mark Gertler 'Rabbi and Rabbitzen' - portrait of artist's parents.

© Ben-Uri/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Jun 30

LSO PR Supremo Steps Down

Dvora Lewis, public relations supremo of the London Symphony Orchestra, has stepped down.  At her farewell party at the Barbican on Sunday 28 June all the present and past movers and shakers in the classical music world gathered together to congratulate her on 37 years of successful and dedicated service to the LSO and the Barbican.

Photos by Suzie Maeder and Norman Lebrecht

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Presentation being made to Dvora Lewis on behalf of the LSO
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Lebrecht photographers Suzie Maeder and Chris Christodoulou and Elbie Lebrecht enjoy the party
Jun 22

New Artistic Director for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

The Berlin Philharmonic has just officially announced that Russian conductor Kirill Petrenko  has been elected as the next music director of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra ,  Rumours have been circulating since yesterday evening when Die Welt broke the story.  In the orchestra’s May election the orchestra was split between Andris Nelsons and Christian Thielemann.  Petrenko has worked as director of the Bavarian State Opera for the last two years.  He will take over from Sir Simon Rattle when his contract expires in laste 2018.

Kirill Petrenko

Kirill Petrenko

Kirill Petrenko

Kirill Petrenko

Kirill Petrenko

Jun 16

Obituary Photos of Harry Rowohlt from Lebrecht Muisic & Arts 27 March 1945 – 15 June 2015

Harry Rowohlt, German writer and translator, died aged 70.  He was the son of the publisher Ernst Rowohlt. In Germany he was known for his translation of AA Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh. He also published German translation of works by Leonard Cohen, Robert Crumb, Ernest Hemingway, Shel Silverstein, James Joyce et al.

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