London’s East End makes a fitting location for a duo obsessed with 1940s heroics, as on their War Room EP, much of which they play tonight.
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Sunday 05 September 2010
Crouch's programme of madrigals, lute songs and motets explores the public outpouring of grief and bitterness at the death of Prince Henry in 1612.
Friday 13 August 2010
Though nominally a Campbell & Lanegan duo album, Hawk is more akin to an Isobel Campbell solo album: she writes the songs, and drives the arrangements, and Mark Lanegan's involvement is more peripheral, with several tracks showcasing Campbell alone, a couple more featuring new duet partner Willy Mason, and one out-of-character instrumental.
Sunday 18 July 2010
Jos van Veldhoven's disc with the Netherlands Bach Society brings together one of the most famous celebrations of the Treaty of Utrecht, Handel's Te Deum and Jubilate, and William Croft's rarely performed Ode with Noise of Cannon.
Tuesday 29 June 2010
I remember reviewing Canadian duo Chromeo’s second album Fancy Footwork and feeling fairly unmoved by the whole thing.
Friday 14 May 2010
The concertina rarely features in classical music outside the work of Astor Piazzolla or Pauline Oliveiros, and its use alongside strings in these four pieces is indicative of the Korean composer Isang Yun's fondness for unusual instrumental combinations. The Taoist principles behind his work are perhaps most evident in the rising figures representing the shift from darkness to light in Duo, or the contrast between the high, bird-like violins and the vibrant chord-clusters of Stefan Hussong's accordion in Concertino. Originally scored for cello and piano, Intermezzo is less diverse, with the cello's bowed lowing occupying similar space to the accompanying accordion drone.
Monday 22 February 2010
Friday 19 February 2010
Discovering a shared love of US folk idioms, solo performers Josh Joplin and Garrison Starr joined forces to create Among the Oak & Ash.
Wednesday 13 January 2010
Michael Corder's The Snow Queen is glittering but bland. Adapting Hans Christian Andersen's tale for English National Ballet, he has chosen sparkling Prokofiev music with traditional designs and classical steps. He gives the dancers plenty of technical challenges, but not much to get their teeth into.
Album: Hilary Hahn, Matthias Goerne, Christine Schäfer, Bach: Violin and Voice (Deutsche Grammophon)
Friday 08 January 2010
Hilary Hahn has been entranced by the combination of violin and voice ever since hearing, as a small child, a Bach cantata performed by such a pairing, their lines intertwining in a way which seemed"magical beyond belief". The violinist has nursed a desire to develop a programme of such duets, realised here with soprano Christine Schäfer and baritone Matthias Goerne. It's rounded out by a couple of trios blending the diverse timbres of all three, the result is an album of intriguing novelty, grace and subtlety.
Sunday 06 December 2009
Only in jazz do you getalbums as bizarre andintermittently wonderfulas this. Apparentlyrecorded amid the clinkingglasses of a Frankfurtrailway station bar in 1999,the duo of Third StreampianistBlake and Italiantrumpet star Rava payhomage to film noir andHitchcock's centennialwith versions of themesfrom Laura,Vertigo andThe Spiral Staircase, aswell as "Nature Boy" anda few well-chosen standards.Seven tracks (out of10) in, Blake plays a killingsolo version of Al Green's"Let's Stay Together" andyou gasp.
Monday 08 June 2009
After watching the All Blacks injury concerns mount, France now must contend with the loss of two experienced players following the climax to their domestic rugby season in Paris last weekend.
Monday 08 June 2009
Waiting 17 years for your first Championship, as Durham did, is hardly excessive by the standards of county cricket. Sussex took more than a century to win their first in 2003, after all, and there are a handful of counties who are still waiting.
Monday 13 April 2009
Friday 19 December 2008
Marking the 150th anniversary of Puccini's birth, this Austrian-German adaptation of La Bohème underlines why opera should be confined to the stage.
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