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Book review: Music in the Castle of Heaven: a portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach, By John Eliot Gardiner
Friday 27 September 2013
A great interpreter restores to life the mysterious musician who has always inspired him
Monday 15 July 2013
Google has used its search page doodle to celebrate the 407th anniversary of the birth, in Leyden, Holland, of the Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn.
Friday 12 July 2013
Tuesday 21 May 2013
Luxury brand Loewe celebrates the brighter side of life with a new limited-edition collection, says Rebecca Gonsalves
Saturday 04 May 2013
The great Anthony Burgess used to live in Monaco. He was friendly with Princess Grace but wasn't wild about the Porsche-posing throng who hung out there. Asked how it felt to be "one of the Beautiful People", he replied, "Beautiful People? I have no time for those irrelevantly gilded with adventitious photogeneity".
Friday 03 May 2013
It's a tribute to the power, variety and sheer quantity of music from the 17th and 18th centuries that the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music has not featured Vivaldi's The Four Seasons since 1990. The event, probably London's best-loved annual celebration of early music, has had plenty of other choices. This year, though, its artistic director, the music critic Lindsay Kemp, settled on the theme of “nature's voice” as the unifying strand. That opened the floodgates.
Thursday 04 April 2013
The Rijksmuseum, the National Museum of the Netherlands, is finally set to reopen to the public, with Rembrandt van Rijn's masterpiece "The Night Watch" reclaiming its place of pride.
Tuesday 02 April 2013
In the Easter splurge of Bach, John Eliot Gardiner’s ‘marathon’ was always going to stand out, and it marked the culmination of a lifelong crusade.
Friday 29 March 2013
It's rather apt that John Eliot Gardiner's marathon cycle of Bach cantatas should finally be completed with those written for Ascension Day, recorded at St Giles Cripplegate 12 years after the original “pilgrimage” recordings of 2000. The four cantatas feature mostly new soloists but sustain the series' high standards.
Monday 18 March 2013
For three years, visitors to Buckland Abbey in Devon would have barely glanced twice at a portrait of Rembrandt hanging on the walls, believing it to be the work of one of the Dutch master's pupils.
Wednesday 13 March 2013
Teen pop idol Justin Bieber is unlikely to be heard on highbrow Radio 3, but he will be this week when one of his hits gets a classical makeover.
Monday 18 February 2013
Shakespearean actor Simon Russell Beale is lending a touch of class to Comic Relief by appearing in a string of comedy sketches on Radio 3 about the lives of five great composers.
Thursday 31 January 2013
Heartthrob actor Dominic West is to go from The Hour to turning back the clock by reading a daily poem from the Baroque era for Radio 3.
Thursday 24 January 2013
Saturday 22 December 2012
The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage undertaken in 2000 by John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir, performing all of Bach's cantatas on the appropriate days in churches across Europe and America, is one of the great musical achievements of recent times.
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