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Saturday 29 December 2012
For once, the apparent hyperbole is simple statement of fact: the four albums compiled together here are all indeed masterpieces of baroque music, delivered with grace and majesty by outstanding performers.
Saturday 15 December 2012
In his later years, Stockhausen gave himself more and more to monumental works, such as the 29-hour operatic cycle Licht, a grand mythopoeic fable based around the days of the week, from whose Donnerstag (Thursday) opera derives Michaels Reise um die Erde (Michael's Journey Around The World).
Sunday 09 December 2012
Six decades into his remarkably consistent career, Fame has made one of his best albums: a bare-bones trio recorded in Slovenia with guitarist Primoz Grasic and bassist Mario Mavrin.
Sunday 02 December 2012
Mexican producer Camilo Lara has been making kitsch, cool, funky sonic collages from the old, new, borrowed and blue for six years now.
Saturday 10 November 2012
'Show us your balls, pal!' was Woody Herman's cry to any player who he felt was underperforming
Saturday 20 October 2012
In Da Lontano, trombonist Mike Svoboda explores the expressive range of his solo instrument in ways reflecting the diverse agendas of the composers involved.
Saturday 13 October 2012
Trumpeters were the star musicians of the Baroque era, their shiny, golden tones vital to evoking the glory of victory and the majesty of kings.
Saturday 28 July 2012
The Armonico Consort follow up their dazzling second volume of Naked Byrd acappella pieces with this programme of baroque works for trumpet, soprano and chamber ensemble.
Sunday 22 April 2012
Nikolaus Harnoncourt and CMW offer a history of the waltz and other dances in music from Mozart to Johann Strauss and his contemporary Joseph Lanner.
Friday 30 March 2012
Saturday 18 February 2012
What To Do, See & Buy: Hugh Masekela; Bertinet bakery; Jean Dubuffet; Claire-Anne O'Brien; Alison Dunlop; John Pawson
Saturday 18 February 2012
Saturday 31 December 2011
Between 1963 and 1970 Mike Smith produced six No 1 records for Brian Poole, the Tremeloes, Georgie Fame, Marmalade, Love Affair and Christie. He produced many other hit records too – but he missed out on the Beatles, turning them down at their audition for Decca Records on New Year's Day, 1962.
Friday 16 December 2011
Drums - Ginger Baker
I think we need to go with a vintage drummer such as Ginger Baker, who played in bands like Cream and Blind Faith, because he was a machine. There's no other word for it. I used to play drums, it was the first instrument I learnt, and although I never really got into Cream that much, I used to drum along to what he was doing on record because I thought he was great.
Tuesday 13 December 2011
Police in Los Angeles are advising the city's schools to tighten security after a rash of burglaries in which thieves have broken into music department classrooms and made off with tubas.
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