As a hack myself, I ought not to be surprised if I myself become the victim of hackery. But last week I was royally stitched-up and for a moment, I confess, I had a sense of humour failure.
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Saturday 16 June 2012
This double-EP offers differing takes on 17th-century musical strains, pairing one disc of romantically themed pieces by English composers with a suite of five Mexican songs arranged as a tribute to Frida Kahlo.
Friday 20 April 2012
After the Scratch My Back and New Blood albums of orchestrated re-imaginings of his and others' songs, and last year's New Blood Live in London DVD, another two-hour, two-CD live set based on the same material may be a case of Peter Gabriel returning to this well once too often.
Friday 30 March 2012
Named after a piece by the Uzbek composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, Night Music: Voice in the Leaves explores music from the former Soviet Asian republics, played with dexterity and sensitivity by performers including the theremin virtuoso Lydia Kavina, who excels on Iraida Yusupova's "Kitezh-19", in which her eerily plaintive keening is allied to a tape of varispeeded chimes and plucked strings.
Friday 23 March 2012
Alasdair Roberts and Mairi Morrison are part of a golden generation of Scots performers bringing new light to bear on folk music.
Sunday 18 March 2012
Wednesday 14 March 2012
The Birmingham Opera Company is to take to the skies to stage the first complete performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen's opera Mittwoch aus Licht (Wednesday from Light).
Friday 09 March 2012
We want to believe this kid goes into petrol stations and buys everyone a full tank
Friday 02 March 2012
When Frederick II assumed the Prussian throne, his Berlin court became one of Europe's main centres of musical endeavour.
Tuesday 14 February 2012
Gustav Leonhardt was an unassuming, private man, and his instrument, the harpsichord, may seem an improbably modest vehicle to bring about a sea-change in the way the music of an entire era is performed and listened to. But at the outset of Leonhardt's career, in the early 1950s, neither musicians nor instrument-makers gave much thought to the conditions in which composers like Bach and Handel might have worked: Baroque music was performed with little stylistic insight, often on instruments solid enough to withstand enemy fire. Leonhardt's superb musicianship – at the organ as well as the harpsichord, and as conductor, scholar and teacher – combined with methodical, self-effacing rigour to strip away two centuries of accreted performance practice and so allow modern audiences to hear the Baroque as it might have sounded in Bach's own day.
Monday 19 December 2011
Ever since Glenn Gould’s best-selling recording was released in 1955, Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’ have been so popular as to be almost crossover fare.
Friday 16 December 2011
Erin Headley is the leading performer - probably the sole performer, in fact - on the lirone, a 17th century precursor of the cello with between 9 and 14 strings, whose sound was said to move the emotions uncontrollably.
Friday 28 October 2011
Thursday 04 November 2010
West Bromwich defender Pablo Ibanez has won his appeal against the red card he picked up in Monday's Premier League defeat to Blackpool.
Wednesday 03 November 2010
West Brom defender Pablo Ibanez has won his appeal against the red card he picked up in Monday's Premier League defeat to Blackpool.
Tuesday 02 November 2010
West Brom this afternoon confirmed they would appeal the red card issued to defender Pablo Ibanez in last night's 2-1 defeat at Blackpool.
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