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Saturday 07 April 2012
Bosnians walked silently and sobbed on Sarajevo's main street yesterday, leaving flowers and gifts on 11,541 red chairs arranged in seemingly endless rows – the number representing the men, women and children killed in a siege that ended up being the longest in modern history.
Monday 26 March 2012
‘Some people say Vivaldi wrote the same concerto five hundred times,’ said Steven Devine before starting his harpsichord recital in the Purcell Room. ‘And if that’s the case, you’re in for a pretty boring morning.’
Monday 26 March 2012
One of the founders of Scotland's biggest rock festival, T in the Park, is in talks to establish the festival in China.
Monday 19 March 2012
Out of Russia, always something pianistically new. When 20-year-old Daniil Trifonov won the Tchaikovsky competition last year, it was clear he was extraordinary.
Friday 16 March 2012
For a two-hour opera, not an awful lot happens in Werther – boy is denied girl, and sulks his way to suicide – but the status of Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther as the foundation stone of Romantic self-absorption means Massenet's opera is more character study than narrative.
Friday 02 March 2012
When Frederick II assumed the Prussian throne, his Berlin court became one of Europe's main centres of musical endeavour.
Thursday 01 March 2012
Popular music may be a young person's game but from time to time older performers come tonational attention long after what might be regarded as their sell-by date. Gordon Haskell, Ted Hawkins and Seasick Steve are good examples, and so too is the blues singer and slide guitarist, Louisiana Red. He had been a journeyman musician for many years before he triumphed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1975 and soon was seen as an elder statesman of the blues.
Saturday 18 February 2012
The future of live music in Hyde Park was in doubt last night after some of the world's biggest music acts threatened not to play at the central London venue if proposals to limit noise levels are enforced.
Tuesday 17 January 2012
Lady Rosalind Runcie, widow of the late Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Runcie, was a warm-hearted, irrepressible woman who was determined not to be pigeon-holed as a traditional "clergy wife".
Sunday 15 January 2012
You think twice about even letting kids walk the dog round the block these days which is a shame. I don't know whether Swallows and Amazons [Hannon has written the music for a new stage version] was quite fanciful for the 1930s – to let children go off on their own for a fortnight – but it wouldn't happen now. There's a lot of interesting themes going on [in Arthur Ransome's book] – mores concerning what you can let children do. I don't how much has really changed and how much is media-induced paranoia.
Tuesday 10 January 2012
Simon Fox, the chief executive of HMV, has said the group still has to "convince" the City it has a future after it posted another slump in underlying sales over the Christmas trading period.
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