Cultural Life: Nicola Benedetti, violinist
Friday 21 August 2009
Strangely enough, someone just introduced me to the Andrews Sisters. They are a great post-harmony group. They sing these really beautiful, upbeat songs. I have also been listening to a lot of Brahms and Beethoven, as well as some Michael Jackson.
I just finished 'The Audacity of Hope', Barack Obama's book. It was quite refreshing. There wasn't too much mincing of words.
I haven't been to the cinema recently but I watched Christopher Nolan's 'The Prestige'. It's brilliant. I also want to see 'Revolutionary Road', because I've heard it's good.
I saw Christoph Eschenbach conduct the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany. They played Brahms 2nd Symphony. It was one of those performances I will remember for the rest of my life. I was in tears.
I went to see Gerhard Richter's 'Retrospektive' at the Albertina in Vienna – it was absolutely incredible. I like the way he blurs painting and photography.
'Fantasie' is released 7 September on DG. She will perform with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra at BBC Proms in the Park: Last Night of the Proms, Glasgow Green, on 12 September
To mark Tolstoy's 186th birthdaybooks
Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 Vivienne Westwood says 'Yes' to Scottish Independence by declaring: 'I hate England'
- 3 Welcome to Cameroon, where drinking Baileys can lead to imprisonment
- 4 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 5 Vogue under fire for 'Big Booty' article
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Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
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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