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Sunday 08 July 2012
Forget the Aleppo on your TV screen: this Syrian city is also home to an ancient musical tradition.
Tuesday 03 July 2012
I'd certainly be in the mood to Celebrate if I had just received a £400,000 advance for my first foray into publishing. But what can we learn from the cover of Pippa Middleton's forthcoming party-planning bible.
Saturday 30 June 2012
Clearly unafraid of a challenge, with Hello Land! Guillemots offer the first of a quartet of season-themed albums to be released by the end of the year.
Sunday 17 June 2012
Its tertiary title is 1965-76 The Atlantic Years, and that completes the primary information you need.
Saturday 16 June 2012
Bernie Krause, in his engrossing recent book The Great Animal Orchestra, called attention to the biophony of the natural world, notably the birdsong that fascinated Olivier Messiaen.
Caligula, Coliseum, London
King Priam, Dome, Brighton
The Beethoven Encounter, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Sunday 03 June 2012
English National Opera does a good hatchet job on an updated bully, but it is the bliss of new generation music-making that resonates
Saturday 28 April 2012
It's not uncommon for Western composers like Tavener to bring Eastern influences into their work, but much rarer for an Indian classicist to operate in the Western tradition, as Ravi Shankar does here in his Symphony, which follows the classical four-movement structure but incorporates sitar (played by Shankar's daughter Anoushka) and raga scales into the orchestration.
Monday 23 April 2012
The woodwind and keyboard player Greg Ham was responsible for several of the distinctive features that made the Australian group Men At Work such an early Eighties pop sensation.
Friday 20 April 2012
Greg Ham, musician with Australian band Men At Work, has been found dead at his home in Melbourne.
Wednesday 18 April 2012
Chanting, dancing, singing and stamping – welcome to the township take on the Bard. By Ivan Fallon
Wednesday 18 April 2012
A Cape Town theatre company offers an exciting take on the Bard
Friday 06 April 2012
German tenor Klaus Florian Vogt has the appeal of a period film star – the granite chin, the mane of shoulder-length hair and legs that probably look great in swashbuckler's tights – and there's a sunlit, youthful spirit to his delivery that's entirely suitable for the heroic roles anthologised on Helden: soaring, ambitious, morally certain, with little of the gravitas, doubt and compromise one detects in more mature tenors.
Friday 30 March 2012
Named after a piece by the Uzbek composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, Night Music: Voice in the Leaves explores music from the former Soviet Asian republics, played with dexterity and sensitivity by performers including the theremin virtuoso Lydia Kavina, who excels on Iraida Yusupova's "Kitezh-19", in which her eerily plaintive keening is allied to a tape of varispeeded chimes and plucked strings.
Friday 30 March 2012
Not many films get to announce their sequel by having its star, in character, storm a chat show to broadcast the news. But few films of the last 10 years are as universally loved as Anchorman – it's kind of a big deal.
Wednesday 28 March 2012
Handel's Riccardo Primo, aka Richard the Lionheart, may have been a hit on its first appearance in 1727 – not only because of press reports about backstage hair-pulling between the principals - but after eleven performances it was consigned to the vaults, where it remained until its first revival in 1964.
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