As the Royal Opera opens its new Don Giovanni, Jessica Duchen argues that its theme of moral vacuity is as relevant now as in Mozart's day
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Monday 20 January 2014
No wonder he was widely considered the finest conductor of his day, he was certainly the best-loved of them all, writes Jessica Duchen
Saturday 18 January 2014
Taverner Consort & Choir, Andrew Parrott "Carlo Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responses for Good Friday" (Avie)
Saturday 11 January 2014
Fires Of Love, "Remember Me My Deir" (Delphian)
Tuesday 07 January 2014
A real-life rags to riches story?
Friday 03 January 2014
Michael Church picks this years must-hear classical
Wednesday 11 December 2013
Cultural Life: The singer on her favourite music, film, tv and theatre picks
Wednesday 27 November 2013
Let me begin with a disclaimer in the hope that it will absolve me from the daft, the ignorant, the downright imbecilic statements that are likely to follow. My knowledge of classical music is, to put it generously, sketchy. What I know about Benjamin Britten, the subject of Radio 3's latest season devoted to a single composer, wouldn't fill a Post-it note.
Sunday 24 November 2013
The novelist Ian Rankin OBE is best known for his Inspector Rebus and Malcolm Fox crime series. His latest Rebus book, Saints of the Shadow Bible, is out now. Here he tells Charlotte Cripps about his current reading, watching, and listening...
Wednesday 25 September 2013
Mozart, despite his infant brilliance, was not the all-time classical prodigy. As a performer he was beaten to the wire by the English infant phenomenon William Crotch, who gave his first performance at the age of two. And with Saint-Saens composing waltzes at three, Mozart’s compositional start at five looks relatively sedate. Indeed, as Bayan Northcott suggests in his book “The Way We Listen Now”, the boy Mozart’s rigorous training and easy command of the standard genres and musical clichés of the day meant that he was comparatively late in finding his own true voice. The Wigmore performance of an opera he wrote at eleven gave us a chance to test that theory against reality.
Stuck on hold to your local council? Your spirits will be lifted by Lighthouse Family and Simply Red
Monday 23 September 2013
Simply Red, Lighthouse Family and Katie Melua tracks are especially effective, according to Lincolnshire County Council
Friday 20 September 2013
Christian Blackshaw occupies a unique niche on the piano circuit. His brilliant early career was powered by the ability, which he had absorbed from his great mentor Clifford Curzon, to make every note sing. His wife’s illness then took him out of the game, which he has now re-entered.
Monday 16 September 2013
Signifying their subversive intent with a lower-case title, quartet-lab aim to revolutionise the quartet repertoire. They are led by the charismatic Pekka Kuusisto, whose credentials as a jazz and folk violinist are as impressive as those for his classical work. Maverick Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey has long pioneered unusual arrangements, and with Kuusisto’s Finnish compatriot Lilli Maijala as violist, and with the Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja - who inherited a wider musical perspective from her cimbalom-playing father – these are all seasoned innovators.
Friday 13 September 2013
The first Dolby filter cost £700, around £11,000 today; he soon began working on a home model
And the winners aren't... Ig Nobel prize 'celebrates' silly science - from penis amputation research to star-gazing dung beetles and walking on water
Friday 13 September 2013
The Ig Nobel prize winners have been announced, with stargazing dung beetles, penis amputations and rodent guzzling recognised in an award ceremony that celebrates the sillier side of scientific research.
Classical review: The Secret Marriage - British Youth Opera triumphantly deliver a rarity by Cimarosa
Thursday 12 September 2013
While the big companies trundle out their hackneyed revivals, British Youth Opera ploughs its own furrow, first with a large-scale production of Britten’s “Paul Bunyan”, now with Domenico Cimarosa’s “The Secret Marriage”, an 18th century opera buffa which no major English company has staged in recent memory.
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