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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Sunday 10 February 2013
Can theatrical hang-out Joe Allen – barely changed in decades – still put on a show?
Monday 04 February 2013
It’s not quite the day the music died, but it is the week that Harrods killed off its piano department after 118 years. And while the Knightsbridge emporium wouldn’t be the first port of call for every would-be pianist in the market for a new instrument (“would madam care for an elephant with that Bechstein?”), the fact that it is closing its piano store’s doors is indicative of a wider trend.
Friday 25 January 2013
A Fine Frenzy is the nom-de-disque of Californian singer-songwriter Alison Sudol, whose gently keening vocals invoke a strain of Pacific coastal wyrdness.
Friday 25 January 2013
Sooner or later, every prog-metal band feels the need to record a double-album, and the results invariably expose the paucity of their inspiration.
Wednesday 23 January 2013
Amit Drori’s Savanna looks like a mechanical Eden. Enchanting robot creatures nose the air and investigate the stage: a trundling tortoise, a springbok made of springs. There are “ohhhs” of wonder and delight as each new animal emerges.
Tuesday 22 January 2013
Few pianists give as little away with their body-language as Ashley Wass does in his neat dark suit: impassive from start to finish, he even acknowledges tumultuous applause without cracking a smile.
Friday 18 January 2013
When a recording of Molly Drake singing her composition "Poor Mum" was made public a few years ago, it was immediately evident from where much of her son Nick's talent, not to mention his intonation and fragile worldview, had derived.
Nicolas Hodges, Christian Dierstein, Andrew Watts, Helen Tunstall, Melinda Maxwell, Kings Place, London
Thursday 10 January 2013
It was goods-in-the-window time for the House of Birtwistle at Kings Place. On our way down through the bowels of this temple to commerce and culture, we passed the premiere of a portrait exhibition by Adam Birtwistle, before arriving in the auditorium for a concert of pieces d’occasion by his father Sir Harrison, some to be played by the musicians for whom they were composed.
Sunday 30 December 2012
Forty years in the making, four CDs and 260 minutes long, Mississippi-born trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's Ten Freedom Summers proved hard to beat for strength and depth.
Monday 24 December 2012
Loving Miss Hatto, Sun, BBC1 // Mr Stink, Sun, BBC1
Friday 21 December 2012
“Does anyone want to hear another love song? Because I’ve got lots”, quips Ed Harcourt.
Monday 17 December 2012
Classical music is an acquired taste. I have not quite recovered from the extraordinary experience of hearing a live performance of a 100-year-old concerto at the Royal Festival Hall last week, but I know that the notion that classical music can be as exhilarating in its own way as a Rolling Stones revival sounds off-beam to most of the population.
Album: Carmina Quartet, Teo Gheorghiu Dvorák: Piano Quintet in A major, String Quartet in F major "American" (Sony Classical)
Saturday 15 December 2012
The 1887 Piano Quintet was Dvorák's second attempt at the form. It's most notable for its incorporation of folk themes, particularly the second movement "Dumka", which furnishes pianist Teo Gheorghiu his greatest opportunity, his delicately expressive approach eschewing grand gestures but ensuring that the haunting melody remains suitably foregrounded.
Saturday 15 December 2012
In the photograph album that accompanies Vanessa Wagner's interpretations of his piano "Etudes", Pascal Dusapin's apprehensions of the world are stricken with shadowplay, quizzical compositions rendering reality abstract, 3D reduced not just to 2D, but drained of moment.
Thursday 13 December 2012
Few can have done such extensive fieldwork into the matter of men than artist, writer and fashion-designer Molly Parkin.
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