Cultural Life: Ian Bostridge, Singer
Friday 29 October 2010
Music: I heard Brahm's 'Sextet for Strings No. 2 in G major' at a concert recently and I completely fell in love with it. Recently I've been doing a tour of Hugo Wolf songs called 'Spanisches Liederbuch' with two singers and a pianist, so I've also been enjoying listening to the other singer, Angelika Kirschschlager, a mezzo-soprano.
Films: I go away a lot and I often take DVDs. I think Hannah and her Sisters is one of Woody Allen's masterpieces. The more you watch it the more subtlety there is. There's one particular bit where Michael Caine is running along the road in New York straight past a road sign that says "Walk". It's all those little details that you start noticing.
Television: I don't watch much TV but I squirmed my way through the former prime minister Tony Blair's interview with Andrew Marr a few months ago. Although there was a much better, more confrontational interview with him on Radio 3's 'Night Waves'.
Books: I've just re-read Madame Bovary which was very weird because I haven't read it since I was in my late teens. I found it unbelievably cold and heartless. It's brilliantly written and constructed. I enjoyed it page by page, but it was difficult to get through.
Theatre: The last piece of theatre I went to was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in Eastbourne. I was amazed the standard was so high. You could have been in the West End. The children adored it. I was worried that nobody could measure up to Dick Van Dyke's performance as Mr Potts but the actor who did it had his own distinct charm. My daughter, who is three, is obsessed with the film; we've watched it 30 or 40 times. It's really made me appreciate the genius of Van Dyke.
Three Baroque Tenors is released by EMI Classics
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Woman accidentally shoots herself in the head while posing for a selfie
- 2 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 3 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 4 Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
- 5 16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
Eurovision 2015: Graham Norton returns with another cutting commentary - his best lines
Eurovision 2015: The best moments from Australia's random entry to Lithuania's gay kiss
Clarkson, Hammond and May Live: Top Gear trio returns with a blend of fireworks, AC/DC and 'automotive pornography'
Eurovision 2015 winner: Sweden beats Russia and Italy to take the title from Conchita Wurst
Eurovision 2015: Estonia seemingly enters Louis Tomlinson from One Direction
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland