Some time ago I searched for the author of the brilliant first novel Here (Away From It All), by Maryann Forrest, which I’d owned as a teenager. When I asked Independent on Sunday readers to help me locate her, I received a letter inviting me to lunch.
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Monday 08 April 2013
Ethnomusicologists are like bees, with melodies being the pollen they transfer from culture to culture. In the 1950s the great American ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax went on a song-collecting trip to Italy, and brought back recordings of a wealth of music which is now mostly extinct.
Saturday 06 April 2013
In a leaden park-and-bark reading of a Verdian tale of love and loss, the set has more dramatic range than the principals
Monday 01 April 2013
Topical references in programme notes printed in advance are risky, and Boris Berezovsky’s miserable demise has made Covent Garden’s essayist - for whom he represents the quintessential pampered exile - look silly.
Friday 29 March 2013
Extraordinarily, in a career 22 albums long, this is the first live recording that Sparks have released – and it's typical of their quixotic charm that, despite being famous for the ambitious complexity of their arrangements, it should feature pared-down settings of one voice accompanied by just one keyboard.
Wednesday 20 March 2013
Deputy director of the Tate Alex Beard has been appointed to the top role at the Royal Opera House.
Tuesday 19 March 2013
We should lead children to appreciate the finest in literature, music and all the arts
Wednesday 13 March 2013
Royal Opera House chief claims current crop lack commitment
Monday 11 March 2013
Her portrayal of Tosca in the 1970s was described by one critic as 'valiant and touching'
Saturday 09 March 2013
It's a bouquet of 3D film, opera, and electronic music
Friday 08 March 2013
A heavenly tale that gets under the skin
Monday 04 March 2013
Benjamin Britten’s take on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera is coruscatingly original, yet its only airing scheduled for this centenary year – courtesy of young singers from the European Opera Centre - has briefly come and gone in Liverpool. And if it wasn’t an unalloyed success, Bernard Rozet’s production did at least make a valiant attempt to engage with the multiple challenges which this remake of a remake presents.
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