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Friday 15 July 2011
Conversazioni I presents a programme of baroque pieces reflecting the patronage of Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni, a well-connected young Venetian related to Pope Alexander VII who chose to indulge his passion for music through copious commissions of Albinoni, Handel, and both Scarlattis.
Friday 10 June 2011
The gamine soprano follows up last year's Diva compilation with this excellent set on which she revisits the Baroque music that first drew her into performance.
Monday 30 May 2011
On a permanently purple-tinged stage, Villagers create a show of rich contrast.
Sunday 08 May 2011
Power pop, with a hint of glam, and a fair amount of Last Shadow Puppets-like orchestral baroque – what did you expect from the first Miles Kane solo album?
Sunday 27 February 2011
Richard Neville-Towle delivers a toothsome account of Alexander's Feast with Ludus Baroque.
Friday 10 December 2010
His recent Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You album found Dev Hynes, aka Lightspeed Champion, emulating Todd Rundgren at his most excessive and baroque.
Friday 03 December 2010
Friday 08 October 2010
Antonio Vivaldi wrote so many concertos that news of yet another lost one pitching up usually raises an eyebrow as much as it raises expectations. There are already more than 500, after all, and this composer, a practical sort of fellow, was no stranger to the idea of musical recycling.
Sunday 03 October 2010
More cultural curio than lost classic, this is the 40th- anniversary edition of an album that, though often mentioned in the same breath as Forever Changes, was not available to buy until 2005.
Friday 10 September 2010
When Amsterdam-based writer Geert Mak first returned to Jorwert, the small Frisian village where he grew up, he came across a photograph of a farmer's yard taken in in 1931.
Friday 06 August 2010
From the appearance of his Oxford intrigue All Souls – as if Proust had redrafted Morse – fans of Marías have saluted the Spanish novelist as a peerless talent. This final part of an astonishing trilogy confirms his Your Face Tomorrrow sequence – translated with supreme skill by Margaret Jull Costa - as one of the most original achievements in recent fiction.
Friday 02 July 2010
Ashkenazy here follows his acclaimed version of the 48 Preludes and Fugues of The Well-Tempered Clavier with another cornerstone of baroque keyboard endeavour, the six Bach Partitas "prepared for the soul's delight of music-lovers", according to the composer's own rubric.
Thursday 17 June 2010
Italian researchers believe they have found the remains of Caravaggio, but 400 years later some of the mysteries surrounding the death of the master artist may never be solved.
Sunday 02 May 2010
Christina Pluhar and L'Arpeggiata join forces with Corsican vocal ensemble Barbara Furtuna and assorted soloists for a fascinating programme of motets and meditations on the Passion.
Sunday 28 March 2010
Try this game: play the Allelujah from the soprano concert aria "Exsultate Jubilate" to a friend, and see if they detect that the top C – and every other note – is being sung by a man.
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