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The Weekend's Viewing: BBC2 tackles the mysteries of life and charts the story of music...all in a weekend
Monday 28 January 2013
Howard Goodall's Story of Music, Sat, BBC2 // Wonders of Life, Sun, BBC2
Tuesday 22 January 2013
The queues for the plastic champagne flutes might have rivalled those at Terminal 5 last weekend
IoS classical review: Orchestra of the Age of Englightenment/Fischer, Royal Festival Hall, London
Academy Cello Ensemble, St James's, Piccadilly, London
Sunday 13 January 2013
And then there was music … (and Haydn's God proves a very jolly creator)
Sunday 13 January 2013
This soundtrack to Peter Strickland's Berberian Sound Studio is the last record by Broadcast, purveyors of icy-sharp electronica: singer Trish Keenan died unexpectedly in 2011.
Friday 04 January 2013
To ‘record’ derives from the Latin recordari, ‘to remember’, and that’s what medieval English minstrels did with the instrument to which they gave this name.
Saturday 15 December 2012
A grooving gun for hire conjures up a magical mix
Sunday 25 November 2012
Jos van Immerseel and Anima Eterna Brugge explore the timbres of the Parisian orchestra on the cusp of the 20th century in this absorbing period-instruments performance of three of Debussy’s most famous works.
Friday 19 October 2012
Anyone still ready to dismiss Hot Chip as geeks or middle-class ironists would be disabused of that notion as soon as the south London five-piece appear.
Saturday 06 October 2012
In Lieblicher Bläue (In Lovely Blueness) takes its title from the Hölderlin poem used as the text for Hans Werner Henze's "Kammermusik 1958", a lengthy suite for solo tenor, guitar and small ensemble.
Saturday 01 September 2012
Performed by Morton Feldman's original ensemble at a posthumous celebration of his work held at the 2000 season of June in Buffalo – the annual new-music festival he established in 1975 – this version of his classic "Crippled Symmetry" perfectly captures the poise at the heart of his music.
Sunday 26 August 2012
Ludus Baroque's second recording under Richard Neville-Towle pairs the grand Song for St Cecilia's Day with the more intimate Cecilian cantata Look Down, Harmonious Saint, using the Concerto Grosso in B flat as a bridge.
Saturday 04 August 2012
Following up their debut recording of Alexander's Feast, the Scottish period ensemble Ludus Baroque present another Handel piece, the composer's setting of Dryden's celebration of the patron saint of musicians, "A Song for St Cecilia's Day".
Friday 03 August 2012
With Exhibition Road turned into a fair - acrobats and jugglers, exotic foods and folk singers, and the charity-cycling Olympianist pounding out his music from the back of a lorry - the Proms must work to keep their audience.
Saturday 28 July 2012
As in his Symphonie Du Jaguar, French-Caribbean composer Thierry Pécou draws on both the musical stylings and the myths of South American culture in these works, his percussion interplay driving along pieces like "Paseo de la Reforma" and "L'Arbre aux Fleurs" with an insistence that recalls not just Reich and Glass, but also the batucada percussion ensembles of Brazilian carnivals.
Saturday 14 July 2012
Flying solo again following several recordings with his sister Julia, Angus Stone delivers what may be his masterpiece in Broken Brights, an album that seamlessly inhabits the resurgent Laurel Canyon sound.
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