Tania Kross, "Krossover – Opera Revisited" (Challenge Classics)
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Saturday 05 January 2013
With Hello Cold Goodbye Sun, the Scottish folk group Southern Tenant Folk Union presents its most potent offering since 2010's excellent The New Farming Scene.
Monday 31 December 2012
Soprano Rebecca Bottone is one of the most versatile performers on the operatic stage today. She gets her charisma from her father, the tenor Bonaventura Bottone, but her chameleon ability is all her own.
IoS classical review: Ligeti Quartet, St James's, Piccadilly, London
The English Concert, Christ Church, Spitalfields, London
Sunday 23 December 2012
Young artists spread the joy – but how long can it last?
Tuesday 18 December 2012
"Oh those crazy Russians!" as Boney M once so astutely observed. It might be - 41 degrees outside but YouTube user lifehackertv is not sitting indoors under his slanket watching Homeland.
Friday 07 December 2012
The classical group had music books stolen from the boot of a car while on tour
Tuesday 27 November 2012
“We’re going to disappear from the public radar for about a year,” Guy Garvey announces to anyone in the crowd who hadn’t already heard.
Sunday 25 November 2012
OCMS are some Virginian’s dream of a marketable bluegrass phenomenon.
Barker steps up in style to rouse British spirits in opening day at Glasgow's Sir Chris Hoy velodrome
Saturday 17 November 2012
Britain are up and running at Chris Hoy's place. Opening day in the velodrome named after Scotland's greatest Olympian did not all go according to plan but come the end of the first night of the Track World Cup meeting another healthy treasure chest of British bullion had been stocked.
Wednesday 14 November 2012
A composition created by Blur frontman Damon Albarn will be played on every BBC radio station at the same time today to mark 90 years since the corporation's first ever broadcast.
Wednesday 07 November 2012
Is classical music really for everyone? This was the question posed by the writer and presenter Tom Service, chair of a live debate at the Sage in Gateshead as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival, to which the answer is: if only. Classical music is as much for everyone as quilted outdoor clothing, nannies, shopping at Waitrose and restaurant food that has been "pan-fried" rather than fried in a pan. A person's exposure to it depends on their education, financial status, parental influence and social class. Musical taste barely comes into it.
Tuesday 06 November 2012
There's a rumble throughout much of Alt-J's set: it's the sort of dubstep, bass heavy production that makes them sound oh-so 'now', layered as it is under folky guitar and vocal harmonies. Think James Blake meets Mumford & Sons (but please, let's refrain from the tag 'folk-step', a term more juddering than their basslines).
Saturday 03 November 2012
On Evolution, JLS shift gear and attempt to graduate from boy-band to grown-up R&B combo. But it's a tough old world out there, and they may have sacrificed the very charm that was their major selling point.
Tuesday 16 October 2012
France's Elvis is the perfect gentleman on his first British date
Sunday 14 October 2012
If CHTM includes references to motherhood beyond its title, that's hardly surprising: during its gestation, Wainwright became a mother herself and lost her own (the folk legend Kate McGarrigle).
Saturday 06 October 2012
Beth Nielsen Chapman here provides a song-borne guide to astronomy for reluctant little learners that parents should find fun, too.
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