Tania Kross, "Krossover – Opera Revisited" (Challenge Classics)
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Friday 03 May 2013
Floraleda Sacchi's harp lends itself particularly well to the minimalist logic of Philip Glass's progressions on this anthology of transpositions, never better than on the “Opening” from Glassworks, where the bass pulse beds beautifully among the mirroring figures of the theme.
Thursday 02 May 2013
Chris Kelly was one half of Kris Kross, the kid duo who helped put Atlanta on the hip-hop map with their 1992 worldwide novelty hit "Jump". Known as "Mac Daddy", Kelly and his friend Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith were barely in their teens when the rapper and budding entrepreneur Jermaine Dupri, himself only 18, discovered them in a shopping mall in 1990.
Monday 22 April 2013
Even if they succeed in beating down the level of costs demanded by the prosecution, Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce will emerge from prison many thousands of pounds worse off than they were when they went in, and will need to earn money.
Wednesday 17 April 2013
Chart star and producer Labrinth is to be honoured at annual music event the Silver Clef Awards.
Friday 12 April 2013
One of my favourite bands of the last five years or so Deerhunter (pictured) return with their first album since 2010's fine effort Halcyon Digest. The new one from the US art-rocking five piece is called Monomania and is due in early May. They recently shared the title track from the album – it can be heard at youtu.be/bYUENZQ84-E. Whereas Halcyon Digest was a relatively controlled, polished affair, here they sound a bit more unhinged and jagged, particularly in final movements as the song spins off into some wild noise. I'm pretty much happy to stick with them whatever move they make, so I'm excited to see how this record turns out.
Friday 05 April 2013
The daughter of a Malian diplomat, Rokia Traoré is perhaps the most naturally cross-cultural of her country's abundant musical offspring, effortlessly blending styles and sounds as easily as she switches between languages.
Thursday 28 March 2013
Stornoway are a four-piece band from Oxford who, with two extra live players tonight, make uplifting folky-indie - although taking their name from a remote Scottish isle is apt given their evident love nature, of the most wind-swept, moon-lit variety.
Monday 25 March 2013
Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience becomes fastest selling album of 2013
Saturday 23 March 2013
Whether Portico Quartet ever were a jazz act is debatable, but they certainly don't sound like one now.
Monday 18 March 2013
When a major pianist tackles the complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas the results are always fascinating. Daniel Barenboim’s Southbank performances in 2008 may have had such startling blemishes that he refused to let Radio 3 broadcast them, but they still glow majestically in the memory.
Friday 08 March 2013
John Cage's Music Of Changes, created using the I Ching to determine pitches, durations and development, is one of the more exacting items in the 20th-century piano repertoire.
Friday 22 February 2013
This book tells the disturbing and important story of how major thinkers abetted genocide
Wednesday 23 January 2013
Max Hole, of Universal Music, is the latest luminary of the arts world to argue that classical music needs to make itself more attractive in order to reach beyond its traditional audience. Among his ideas are that orchestras should get out more and that conductors should be better dressed, drop their batons and address the audience. We remain to be convinced.
Wednesday 09 January 2013
Wednesday 09 January 2013
Intrusive applause can spoil a classical concert, leading conductors tell Simon O'Hagan
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
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- 5 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death