My island would be full of the divine sound of the ukelele
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Friday 06 September 2013
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn't believe,” maintains Rutger Hauer’s expiring replicant in Blade Runner. This extraordinarily bold experience, involving The Heritage Orchestra, famed for their moving interpretation of Vangelis’s “Blade Runner” soundtrack and for working with electronic artists, is somewhat unbelievable, too.
Classical review: Hadland's Beethoven, the Temple Choir's Britten, and Anthony Payne's excellent new Vaughan Williams orchestration
Thursday 05 September 2013
Prom 69 – Hadland, Oslo Phil, Petrenko (****)
Prom 70 – Davies, Morris, Temple Choir, BBC Singers, Hill (***)
Prom 71 – Hughes, Johnston, BBCSO, Vanska (****)
Monday 02 September 2013
“Viva la revolucion!” An incongruous idea, perhaps, amid the Swiss lakes and mountains, let alone Lucerne’s ever-shiny music festival. But there we go: revolution, or its musical history, is the event’s “theme” for its 75th birthday year.
Saturday 31 August 2013
The contained beauty of Christian Gerhaher's voice is but a small part of his art.
Wednesday 28 August 2013
The Venezuelan conductor showed how poor children could become musicians. Julian Lloyd Webber explains how he was determined to do the same here. The result can be seen at the Proms on Sunday
Friday 23 August 2013
Swinging, snooping Brussels is the odd backdrop to this artful comedy of postwar manners
Saturday 17 August 2013
Russian maestro Valery Gergiev performs erratically, but empty seats are the evening’s real surprise
Tuesday 13 August 2013
PCM 5 – BBC Singers/Nash Ensemble/Kok
Prom 39 – Khan/BBC NOW/Atherton
Monday 12 August 2013
What a thrilling start to Jonathan Mills' penultimate International festival: the RSNO in excoriating form, the Festival Chorus, with beefed-up bass section, singing in stirring Russian and clearly-enunciated Latin, all with puppetmaster Valery Gergiev pulling their strings.
Saturday 03 August 2013
"Less is more" is generally a good aesthetic whatever the creative endeavour, as is never looking back.
Friday 02 August 2013
He famously reduced the conductor Josef Krips to tears during rehearsals with the LSO
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