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Wojciech Kilar: Award-winning writer of film score for 'The Pianist' who had a gift for creating visual images in sound
Tuesday 31 December 2013
Wojciech Kilar was a prolific classical composer who was best known outside his native Poland for his work on scores for more than 130 films, including Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002) and Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992).
Friday 15 November 2013
More establishment than experimental, classifying the late composer is no easy task
Classical review: Prom 49 - Bad parenting has rarely been portrayed with such delicacy or such pummelling power
Saturday 24 August 2013
A fleet performance of the German master’s Third Symphony offers a reminder of its revolutionary impact, two centuries on
Thursday 22 August 2013
The works of Achille-Claude Debussy were considered a seminal force in the classical music of the 20th Century
Monday 11 March 2013
The rate at which a George Benjamin opera gestates is glacially slow, and his long-awaited Written on Skin, triumphantly premiered at Aix last summer, has now reached London. And though a 100-minute, interval-free symbolic drama set to post-tonal music might sound rebarbative, it actually makes a riveting evening.
Thursday 31 January 2013
Given that they’ve slapped their ‘Rest Is Noise’ logo on half the coming year’s output, it’s strange the Southbank Centre should have left it off their series celebrating the centenary of Witold Lutoslawski.
Monday 21 January 2013
Alex Ross’s The Rest Is Noise has shining virtues, but it offers no startling insights, and as a social-political study of 20th century music it follows a well-established tradition.
Monday 31 December 2012
Pianist Lucy Parham is practiced at presenting composers’ lives in words and music with the aid of actors, and Debussy is her latest. Not such an easy nut to crack as Schumann – no equivalent of the Robert-and-Clara household diaries – but as a letter-writer Debussy held forth with an engaging blend of pride and prejudice, hedonism and misanthropy.
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.
Friday 09 November 2012
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Thursday 01 November 2012
For 61 years Wexford has been the emerald of opera festivals, refreshing the repertoire by trawling up underrated gems. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Delius’s birth – and his opera A Village Romeo and Juliet remains rare enough to qualify.
Saturday 13 October 2012
Cellist Sol Gabetta's playing, according to pianist Hélène Grimaud, is characterised by the “light and warmth and vitality” indicated by her first name, qualities not often associated with the instrument.
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.
Sunday 26 August 2012
With Oliver Knussen conducting a programme of his own devising, including his own third symphony and a 60th birthday tribute to him composed by a young admirer, this was very much his Prom - indeed it’s turning out to be his year, with his small but special oeuvre at last being brought into the mainstream.
Tuesday 03 July 2012
‘In a park, at twilight, a tennis ball has got lost; a young man and two girls come looking for it. They start to play hide and seek, chase each other, quarrel and sulk...’
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