Is there too much music surrounding us? In particular, I’m thinking of the seasonal offerings of Wise Men and Angels and Santa’s sleigh bells which constantly cloud the winter air on our high streets. As a musician, I’m supposed to love music, aren’t I? Can there really be too much of such a good thing?
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Wednesday 04 January 2012
Great pianists often gravitate to chamber music in their maturity, as though the satisfactions of communal music-making finally outweigh the thrills of solo achievement.
Monday 07 November 2011
Brahms's Double Concerto in A minor for Violin and Cello was in its day a very unfashionable form, since concertos were expected to pit a lone soloist against the massed forces of an orchestra. But its intimate dialogue had a suitably intimate inspiration.
Friday 07 October 2011
From John Dowland to Led Zeppelin, JS Bach to Robert Johnson, critic Alex Ross spans many octaves without any sign of strain.
Wednesday 24 August 2011
The hall was packed for the coming-together of Bernard Haitink and Emanuel Ax, two of the most seasoned maestri in the business, to deliver Brahms. But before ‘Piano Concerto No 1’, the great Dutch conductor and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe gave us Brahms’s ‘Symphony No 3’, prefaced by an illuminating programme-interview.
Tuesday 26 July 2011
Can it really be true that Purcell’s ‘Fantasia No 6 in F major’ has never before been played at a Prom?
Monday 18 July 2011
Sunday 17 July 2011
Sunday 29 May 2011
Thursday 12 May 2011
Pinchas Zukerman is a musician through whom history is stamped as through a stick of Brighton rock.
Sunday 01 May 2011
Sunday 17 April 2011
Paavo Järvi's spacious, serene reading of A German Requiem is beautifully recorded.
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