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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.
Thursday 20 March 2008
Concerts mixing recitations and music tend to prove a mixed blessing, entirely pleasing neither to music- lovers nor to the more literary minded. When a programme also involves a modicum of production – lighting effects, back-projections etc – it can too easily suggest a lack of faith in the music alone to speak.
Saturday 09 February 2008
The recruitment consultancy firm Hat Pin suspended trading in its shares after uncovering accounting errors at one of its divisions.
Thursday 17 January 2008
In 2002, the choreographer Jonathan Burrows began a collaboration with the composer Matteo Fargion. Their duets are small-scale and apparently simple: two men exchanging gestures, speaking in rhythms or walking about. It's gentle and absorbing, with basic means building into virtuoso display.
Wednesday 22 February 2006
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
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