One of that select band of British pianists to achieve international recognition, Bernard Roberts was in constant demand as a recitalist, chamber musician, accompanist, concerto soloist and teacher. He was acclaimed by audiences and critics, the remarkable breadth of his industry bringing greater recognition for the instrument itself and proving pivotal in inspiring generations of aspiring performers.
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Wednesday 12 December 2012
The late Ravi Shankar became known in the West through his association with The Beatles. But there was far more to the man George Harrison called the "godfather" of world music. He was a champion of crossover in its fullest sense. His sitar spoke to all our souls.
Wednesday 12 December 2012
Ravi Shankar, the composer and sitar player who befriended the Beatles and acted as bridge between Indian music and the West, has died in southern California. He was 92 and had recently undergone heart surgery.
Monday 10 December 2012
Perennially racked with terrors which he drowned in alcohol, Sibelius’s first ambition was to be a violinist, but nerves got the better of him.
Friday 16 November 2012
A rare 18th-century violin worth £140,000 has been stolen from its owner's flat. The instrument, a Nicola Gagliano dating back to 1747, is possibly one of only three in the world.
Wednesday 14 November 2012
Five blokes, mainly of full build, most with facial hair, including two fiercely hammering away at banjo and mandolin. With such an unfortunate name, this Minnesota-based bluegrass outfit need to be hot not only to distract us from the fact they are called (grit teeth) Trampled By Turtles, but also to obliterates any parallels with Mumford & Sons.
Tuesday 13 November 2012
Private patronage was always the trigger for the composition of classical music, and it’s good to know the system is still alive and well: George Law decided to celebrate his 80th birthday by commissioning a piano quintet from Jonathan Dove.
Saturday 10 November 2012
Recorded in old-timey style, with voices and instruments gathered around a single microphone, Hands of Glory is a smaller, more intimate work than Andrew Bird's recent albums, with originals and covers delivered in mild bluegrass harmonies over understated rockabilly grooves.
Friday 09 November 2012
Dietmar Machold jailed for six years for swindling creditors out of an estimated €100m
Saturday 03 November 2012
Once positioned as Blue Note's heiress to Norah Jones's crown, Kristina Train occupies a much more flexible position on this second album, most of which has been co-written and produced by Martin Craft with little of the overt jazz duties that marked her debut.
Wednesday 31 October 2012
The Independent's writer on her play about the Messiaen Quartet
Melnikov, Faust and Queyras play Haydn and Dvorak, *****; Christanne Stotijn sings Rachmaninov and Musorgsky, ****
Tuesday 30 October 2012
Trapped in a long and loveless marriage with a woman who hated music, Haydn had to look elsewhere for affection, and during a stay in London he was smitten by a stylish 60-year-old widow to whom - since she was a fine pianist - he dedicated a set of piano trios.
Thursday 25 October 2012
It’s good when chamber musicians break the mould and dare to do something different, and Philip Venables’s ‘Romanticism’ deserved a hearing, particularly as it was a Wigmore commission.
Wednesday 17 October 2012
It’s a family kind of place, the Grosvenor Museum. This being Chester, there is a child-friendly section on the Romans.
Saturday 06 October 2012
With women in the classical world ignored or treated as objects, Jessica Duchen says it's time for a new prize solely for them
Wednesday 03 October 2012
Actor 'knocked out' after sharing best album prize
Liam Neeson's Downton dreams
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
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Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
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