- The historically informed performance practice movement has received another imprimatur of its official success, being transformed from an edgy movement that was (and in some quarters still is) vilified by listeners and traditional musicians alike into something as mainstream and accepted as possible. William Christie, the visionary leader of Les Arts Florissants, has been given a seat in the French Académie des Beaux-Arts. [TV 5 Monde]
- We'll let you know if the strike at many of Rome's museums on Friday continues into this week. We do have some free time for some cultural enlightenment. [Reuters Italia]
- If pressed to choose the world's best orchestra, as Gramophone recently asked a group of music critics, the Royal Concertgebouw would have gotten my vote, too. Berlin and Vienna are hardly surprises either. Perhaps a little surprisingly, Cleveland makes it to seventh, followed by the L.A. Phil at eighth. With the Budapest Festival Orchestra at ninth, the NSO may be regretting not being able to engage Iván Fischer in a more substantive role. [The Times]
- Jessica Duchen has some further thoughts on the matter of the "daft list." [Jessica Duchen]
- It's official -- researchers have located the tomb of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus in the cathedra of Frombork in Poland, where he lived as a canon at the end of his life. [The Guardian]
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