Classical: New Releases
Saturday 03 April 1999
One tends to think of Spanish piano music as fleeting or Impressionistic and much of it is, though contemporaries Granados and Albeniz have still built up those glimpses of their homeland into large-scale sequences - Granados's Govescas and Albeniz's massive Iberia. Yet Martin Jones's lavish and immaculately shaded accounts never once lose concentration. At a bargain price, this set is a joy. HHHH
Blackford Mirror of Perfection Bournemouth Symphony chorus and Sinfonietta (Sony)
British composer Richard Blackford aims at Mystic Minimalist territory with his oratorio reflecting the life of St Francis of Assisi. Though there's still some real substance here, Ying Huang and Bo Skovhus offer fine solo vocal lines, the Bournemouth chorus and orchestra sings and plays stirringly. At less than 40 minutes a filler could have been provided.
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 5 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
JK Rowling writes new Harry Potter story on Pottermore: Introducing 'Singing Sorceress' Celestina Warbuck
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
American film board gives gay film Love Is Strange R-rating despite no sex or violence
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians