Wigmore Hall, London
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Saturday 14 January 2012
The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s intriguing new Prokofiev series is entitled “Man of the People?” and the enigma is all in the question mark.
Friday 13 January 2012
Hailing from the same Bergen, Norway music scene that spawned The Whitest Boy Alive and Røyksopp, Casiokids deal primarily in a similar style of cool, clean electropop, with tracks such as "Det Haster!" and "London Zoo" employing airy, high-register vocals – not unreasonably in their native Norwegian – over nimble, ticking synthscapes.
Wednesday 04 January 2012
Great pianists often gravitate to chamber music in their maturity, as though the satisfactions of communal music-making finally outweigh the thrills of solo achievement.
Tuesday 06 December 2011
Anyone wanting to test the mettle of British classical music’s up-and-coming young stars might begin by checking out the annual parade of talent put on at Christmas by the Park Lane Group.
Friday 02 December 2011
The greensward is a massive 40-foot high slope in The Heart of Robin Hood, the RSC's captivating new Christmas show.
Monday 07 November 2011
Brahms's Double Concerto in A minor for Violin and Cello was in its day a very unfashionable form, since concertos were expected to pit a lone soloist against the massed forces of an orchestra. But its intimate dialogue had a suitably intimate inspiration.
Thursday 01 September 2011
Graham Fitkin is one of our most versatile composers, and since he’s been commissioned to celebrate the Olympics, the Cello Concerto he has written to showcase the talents of Yo-Yo Ma - plus the (dubious) acoustic possibilities of the Royal Albert Hall – is of more than passing interest.
Wednesday 24 August 2011
Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley are at once the least likely musical combination, and also among the most fertile.
Friday 24 June 2011
The jazz leanings of her husband's quartet, the Matthew Barley Ensemble, exert perhaps too great an influence over this set from violinist Viktoria Mullova, which mingles gypsy-influenced jazz compositions by the Modern Jazz Quartet and Weather Report with several of Bartók's folk-derived pieces and Zoltan Kodály's three-part "Duo for violin and cello".
Sunday 12 June 2011
Wieder-Atherton's recital with fellow cellists Sarah Lancu and Matthieu Lejeune fashions an elegaic narrative from music by "two geniuses outside their own times": Claudio Monteverdi and Giacinto Scelsi.
Wednesday 11 May 2011
The way the Arditti String Quartet played it, the London premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s ‘The Tree of Strings’ was full of drama, both intended and unintended.
Sunday 01 May 2011
Johann Rufinatscha slipped into obscurity a decade before his death.
Friday 18 March 2011
This is a strange combination of apparently contrasting composers' styles, the formal but highly emotional lines of Monteverdi's 16th-century madrigals, transcribed for cello trio, interspersed with the more austere, angular extemporisations of Scelsi's modernist "Trilogy" for solo cello.
Wednesday 16 March 2011
A founding member of the Electric Light Orchestra died when a 63-stone bale of silage rolled 200 feet down a field and landed on his moving car in Devon.
Sunday 12 December 2010
A perfect present for that difficult-to-please boho friend.
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