Music Composing And Composers
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Bob Allison: Eurovision contestant who was fielded as one half of the British answer to the hitmaking Everly Brothers
Wednesday 01 January 2014
The Eurovision Song Contest was inaugurated in 1956, and although the UK didn't win until Sandie Shaw's "Puppet on a String" in 1967, there were several near misses. The Allisons came second with "Are You Sure" in 1961, beaten by Jean-Claude Pascal's "Nous les amoureux".
Monday 30 December 2013
Wigmore Hall, London
Monday 23 December 2013
This final performance was an all-out assault on the emotions
Sunday 13 October 2013
A first outing since 2007’s Versatile Heart, and there’s been no discernible falling off. The voice will never return to its pre-dysphonic mobility, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a highly expressive instrument of significant tone – mournful, knowing and creased with experience.
Wednesday 11 September 2013
In the late 1960s, a decade or so after the desert city of Jaisalmer received its first paved road, the railway arrived. The authorities extended the track from the town of Pokhran and celebrations were planned for the arrival in Jaisalmer of the first train. They turned to Sakar Khan to create and perform a special piece of music.
Classical review: The final Proms cover the waterfront, and the Last Night is the best in years thanks to Marin Alsop
Monday 09 September 2013
Prom 72 – Calleja, Orchestra Verdi, Zhang (***)
Prom 73 - Cooper, Lewis (*****)
Prom 74 – Sonnleitner, Vienna Phil, Maazel (***)
Prom 75 – DiDonato, Kennedy, BBCSO, Alsop (*****)
Friday 09 August 2013
Once again, the protean malleability of J.S. Bach's genius is demonstrated by the unusual transcription of his work - in this case, the Violin Sonatas and Partitas - to another instrument, the mandolin. The Punch Brothers' mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile was first drawn to Bach by the rhythmic “groove” of Glenn Gould's 1981 re-recording of The Goldberg Variations. Thile's country and improv roots lend more rubato accents than some might prefer, but he liberates the pieces from their conservatoire corsets. The dazzling deftness of his fingering in the Presto and Double Presto sections evokes a kind of giddy delirium and his feathery technique wrests the tenderest of emotions from the second Sonata's Andante.
Sunday 04 August 2013
One of the City's best-known financiers has called for the UK to withdraw from the European Union, describing Brussels red tape as a "drain on the economy".
Saturday 03 August 2013
The voice is scrunched a little tighter now, and frayed, and the tunes seem worn to the bone, but… Well, you can't keep a good man down.
Tuesday 09 July 2013
Comparison between the two sides shows that England should have the batting strength to win a third series in a row
Saturday 22 June 2013
Here's a surprise. After a decade of fine, restrained albums that interrogated the indignities of mid-life malaise, the 52-year-old Cole kicks against the pricks of his advancing years.
Wednesday 01 May 2013
Stephen Dodgson composed music in most forms, though his more than 40 scores including guitar ensured him a specialist following among guitarists. His First Guitar Concerto, written in 1956 for Julian Bream and played by a teenage John Williams, was set for popularity, but tended to be eclipsed by Malcolm Arnold's Concerto, which Bream introduced soon afterwards.
Monday 15 April 2013
The French organ virtuoso Marie-Claire Alain was that rare jewel: a teenage musical prodigy who matured into one of the finest and most sought after recitalists and teachers.
Sunday 03 March 2013
We've got a special one here.
Friday 25 January 2013
Those familiar with Prokofiev mostly through Peter and the Wolf will be shocked at the Modernist invention of his lesser-known early piano works, delivered with enthusiastic conviction by Roger Woodward in these 1991 recordings.
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