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.
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Review: Cilla, ITV TV
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 4 Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand
- 5 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Fifty Shades of Grey movie: New picture of Anastasia Steele unveiled
Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
Cilla, ITV, review: Sheridan Smith embodies the young singer perfectly
Doctor Who, Listen, review: Possibly Steven Moffat's most terrifying episode
Tyler, The Creator says having new U2 album automatically downloaded on his iPhone was 'like waking up with herpes'
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke