It says a lot about how seriously people take the Grammy Awards that a video of Taylor Swift's performance of All Too Well has attracted around 180,000 views, while a 28-second clip of it complete with high kicks from Street Fighter's Ryu has already clocked over 2.2 million.
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Friday 05 April 2013
Album of the Week: Grown-up grooves make Blake a key mover again
Wednesday 03 April 2013
Born in Russia, but rigorously trained in Germany from early childhood: a surprisingly large number of piano stars have emerged via this route, with 26-year-old Igor Levit prominent among them.
Wednesday 03 April 2013
Gordon Stoker was the leader of the Jordanaires vocal group, who were billed alongside Elvis Presley on many of his hit records including "All Shook Up", "It's Now Or Never" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight". Elvis went as far as telling them, "Let's face it, if it hadn't been for you guys, there might not have been a me."
Saturday 30 March 2013
Any idea that the furore about his homophobic and misogynist lyrics might have chastened him evaporates within the first few seconds of his third album.
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.
Saturday 23 March 2013
The violinist's interpretation of Brahms's Sonata in G presents the young composer as a hungry outsider in the marriage of Robert and Clara Schumann.
Saturday 23 March 2013
A genuinely odd collaboration, this, between the classical pianist Dinnerstein and the country singer-songwriter Merritt.
Friday 22 March 2013
Having begun to establish herself via YouTube, Valentina Lisitsa ambitiously chose to make the four Rachmaninov Piano Concertos her musical “calling card”, to which end she and her husband remortgaged their home, hired the LSO and Abbey Road, and recorded them at their own expense.
Saturday 09 March 2013
In which suave synth duo Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson take things in a darker and heavier direction.
Thursday 28 February 2013
The renowned classical pianist and National Medal of Arts winner, Van Cliburn, has died aged 78. His publicist and friend Mary Lou Falcone said he had died at home in Fort Worth, Texas.
Sunday 24 February 2013
A third composer hovers, ghost-like, in pianist Cheng's beguiling recital with the Calder Quartet.
Friday 22 February 2013
One of the more interesting of the tide of Britten centenary tributes, The Canticles features the five vocal settings composed at various points between 1947 and 1974, in which the ostensible religious themes disguise more secular interests – the barely veiled homoeroticism of Francis Quarles' 17th-century adoration of Christ in "Canticle I", the allegorical linking of Blitz and Crucifixion in the Edith Sitwell poem used for "Canticle III" etc.
Thursday 21 February 2013
Little by little Maxim Vengerov is easing himself back into the mainstream, after injury and burn-out. His last Barbican foray - with a concerto - was marred by a loss of nerve at critical moments: this time he was going for broke with a chamber recital where, if anything went wrong, he would have nowhere to hide.
Tuesday 19 February 2013
Stadiums and festival main stages are Muse’s typical performing spaces – in May, they embark on their biggest stadium tour yet – but at tonight’s special concert for War Child, they play to just 2,000 people.
Review: Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century, By Paul Kildia
Benjamin Britten: A Life for Music, By Neil Powell
Sunday 17 February 2013
There is remarkable accord between two new biographies of this prodigious composer who was, by necessity, an outsider
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