More establishment than experimental, classifying the late composer is no easy task
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Friday 22 October 2010
Sadly, the saxophone is rarely present in classical orchestral surroundings. Indeed, three of the five pieces performed here by Cretan saxophonist Theodore Kerkezos with the LSO were commissioned in the early 1900s by sax evangelist Elise Boyer Hall, in a bid to create a repertoire for the instrument.
Sunday 17 October 2010
The second offering from Denmark's OBG starts slowly, its focus on the melancholy voice of Anna Bronsted and a ghostly reverbed piano track.
Monday 04 October 2010
Piano competitions don’t always throw up outright stars, but in 19-year-old Bezhod Abduraimov the London International Piano Competition most certainly has.
Friday 24 September 2010
Sunday 05 September 2010
The single string quartet is something of a French tradition.
Monday 23 August 2010
Sunday 15 August 2010
Isserlis's collection flirts madly with profundity and schmaltz.
Monday 02 August 2010
With passport glitches, illness, and death wreaking havoc in concert schedules, we are seeing just how big the available pool of talent is. After all, many now-famous singers and musicians owe their careers to the sudden indisposition of a senior rival. Thus it was that the Navarra String Quartet were given an unexpected Proms debut, and the young Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi had just a day in which to find his modus vivendi with them, in one of the most demanding works in the chamber repertoire.
Monday 26 July 2010
With passport glitches, illness, and death wreaking more havoc than usual in concert schedules, we’re seeing just how big the available pool of talent is.
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 06 June 2010
- 1 Gurdwaras-turned-food banks: Sikh temples are catering for rise in Britain’s hungry
- 2 Council bans use of word ‘Commie’ – but ‘fascist’ and ‘Nazi’ are fine
- 3 The poorest pay the price for austerity: Workers face biggest fall in living standards since Victorian era
- 4 Newly vegan Beyoncé wears fox fur to dine in meat free restaurant
- 5 'I'm experiencing austerity as well', says Princess Michael of Kent