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Saturday 16 June 2012
Bernie Krause, in his engrossing recent book The Great Animal Orchestra, called attention to the biophony of the natural world, notably the birdsong that fascinated Olivier Messiaen.
Saturday 26 May 2012
German label Wergo is marking its 50th anniversary with this five-CD box featuring one album from each decade of its existence.
Saturday 19 May 2012
Jason Flanagan, one-time employee of Norman Foster, and who is now a director of BFLS Architects, has just rolled out the prototype of Soundforms, a sophisticated, shell-like, soundstage, whose components can be set up in a few hours.
Monday 09 April 2012
If you want proof of the extent to which ‘early music’ is now enshrined in our culture, look no further than the packed Wigmore Hall on Easter Sunday, where the a cappella group Stile Antico were singing Renaissance motets which not so long ago would have drawn a small cohort of sandalled beardies and flower-maidens.
Friday 23 March 2012
Books: I read all the time. I recently read a big book on the nature of seeing and believing by Pylyshyn. I've also been re-reading a book that has been an influence on me: 'Frame Analysis' by Erving Goffman, about how we make sense of things. There's also a whole series of philosophical books by Donald Davidson – particularly 'Essays on Actions and Events' (1980). It's difficult and you need to read it again and again to get it straight. Hand movements are something I'm always thinking about when directing an opera or theatre production. I also read a very good new translation of 'Madame Bovary' by Lydia Davis.
Monday 13 February 2012
The American pianist Richard Goode doesn’t give many recitals, but his uniquely personal vision ensures that each one is special.
Friday 12 August 2011
Sometimes, music requires more than merely combined star power to make it work, as Watch the Throne, the eagerly-awaited alliance between Jay-Z and Kanye West, seems to confirm.
Sunday 24 April 2011
Ilya Gringolts continues his survey of Schumann's chamber music, following a poised account of the Violin Sonatas with a taut reading of the Piano Trios.
Friday 18 March 2011
Guitar virtuoso Charles Ramirez is on supple, sensitive form on this collection of Rodrigo suites, accompanied on the "Concierto de Aranjuez" and "Fantasia para un gentilhombre" by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, before closing with the solo piece "Elogio de la guitarra".
Album: Luciano Berio, Sequenzas III & IV; Différences; Due Pezzi; Chamber Music (Newton Classics)
Friday 25 February 2011
Recorded in 1969 with the Juilliard Ensemble, which he founded while teaching there, these chamber works illustrate Berio's postwar development.
Sunday 28 November 2010
Anyone for the cello as the new saxophone?
Wednesday 13 October 2010
Sunday 22 August 2010
She's still emulating Norah Jones more than Charles Mingus but with this third album the double bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding announces her arrival as a major star.
Friday 23 July 2010
Lustwandel, originally recorded in 1979, is a lost classic of Krautrock that prefigures the more stately direction of semi-synthesised chamber music that the former Cluster member's work was to take in subsequent decades.
Sunday 20 June 2010
Born in 1963, Austrian composer Thomas Larcher has an ear for alluring textures and unexpected contrasts.
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