Classical Music Composers
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Saturday 15 December 2012
In the photograph album that accompanies Vanessa Wagner's interpretations of his piano "Etudes", Pascal Dusapin's apprehensions of the world are stricken with shadowplay, quizzical compositions rendering reality abstract, 3D reduced not just to 2D, but drained of moment.
Adele's music owes a debt to Franz Schubert according to new BBC show analysing music 'from the Stone Age to the Digital Age'
Tuesday 11 December 2012
Composer Howard Goodall, who has written and presented the show, says he wants to 'show a straight line that runs through to the present day'
Wednesday 05 December 2012
It’s usually taken as axiomatic that while pianists reach their technical peak at twenty, they need much longer to hone their artistry, and one of the merits of the Southbank’s current International Piano Series is that it’s allowing us to test this view against reality.
Wednesday 21 November 2012
There’s no definitive way to play Beethoven’s piano sonatas: there’s an infinite number, as befits this New Testament of classical pianism. Daniel Barenboim’s way, in his Southbank cycle four years ago, may not have been flawless, but it was utterly beguiling.
Saturday 17 November 2012
The Week in Arts: Has gender-blind casting gone too far? Plus the Mahler moaner and opera for students (bring your own crisps)
Tuesday 13 November 2012
Private patronage was always the trigger for the composition of classical music, and it’s good to know the system is still alive and well: George Law decided to celebrate his 80th birthday by commissioning a piano quintet from Jonathan Dove.
Friday 09 November 2012
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Thursday 01 November 2012
Benjamin Grosvenor may be only 20, but it’s a long time since we had a Southbank debut as keenly awaited as this. Ever since he hit the limelight last year - as the youngest-ever soloist to play in the opening Prom - he’s been trumpeted as British pianism’s brightest hope; this autumn he’s been deluged with awards.
Trpceski, LSO, Petrenko, Barbican, London/ Biss, de Guise-Langlois, Kashkashian, Padmore, Wigmore Hall
Monday 22 October 2012
It’s a fair bet the Barbican was packed less because of the original promise of Sir Colin Davis at the helm - he was ill and Vasily Petrenko had to stand in - than because obaraf Simon Trpceski.
Sunday 14 October 2012
David Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich have forged a compromise between historical performance practice and the highgloss timbre of modern instruments in their Beethoven and Mahler cycles.
Thursday 11 October 2012
Teenage Franz Schubert’s prime goal may have been the composition of songs and symphonies, but he was also a prolific composer of string quartets, and this was virtually a social obligation.
Sunday 07 October 2012
An innovative new production of Handel's opera is not so much a love story as a gory girl-power revenge tragedy, but the musicianship is sublime
Prom 57: Zimmerman/Gustav Mahler/Gatti, Royal Albert Hall
Proms Chamber Music 7: Schafer/Nash/Brabbins, Cadogan Hall, London
Monday 27 August 2012
Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto is full of codes.
Saturday 25 August 2012
Today's concert pianist comes with a bit of added character. Young Georgian prodigy Khatia Buniatishvili has gone for the classic tortured-poet approach, viewing the piano as "a symbol of musical solitude".
Sunday 12 August 2012
Ivan Fischer's exhilarating recording of Mahler's First with the Budapest Festival Orchestra dispels the sick-room air that hung inevitably over last year's centenary commemorations.
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