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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Sara Mingardo/Accademia degli Astrusi, Wigmore Hall, London, ***; Amore, Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, **
Monday 01 October 2012
The Venetian contralto Sara Mingardo is one of a kind, and the nearest approximation to her clarion sound is to be found in the recordings of countertenor James Bowman in his prime; down in the baritone register her voice has masculine firmness, and when she opens up at the top her timbre is thrilling.
Saturday 25 August 2012
Nicola Benedetti believes that film music is the primary contemporary conduit for classical or orchestral music.
Tuesday 21 August 2012
Star Wars and Harry Potter soundtrack composer John Williams is to be honoured at the Classical Brit Awards.
Friday 17 August 2012
Members of a string quartet have clambered aboard four helicopters to practise ahead of the world premiere of an opera which features an airborne performance and a dancing camel.
Tuesday 14 August 2012
Schoenberg’s splendidly unclassifiable ‘Gurrelieder’ was both an attempt to beat Wagner at his own game and a declaration that the game was over.
Friday 10 August 2012
Hundreds of runners wearing specially-designed luminous suits are marking the start of the Edinburgh International Festival.
Thursday 09 August 2012
Edinburgh International Festival gets under way today, with hundreds of runners in luminous suits bringing the landmark Arthur's Seat to life at night during the three-week programme.
Sunday 05 August 2012
Bach's B Minor Mass is too grand for liturgical use, but it was powerful, moving and dramatic at the Royal Albert Hall
Wednesday 25 July 2012
Michelle Obama's favourite label comes to UK shores with a bang, thanks to a campaign that features a cast of industry style icons
Wednesday 25 July 2012
As their intensive Beethoven and Boulez series steams onward, you might expect the players of Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to be wilting a little. Not a bit of it. This fourth concert held the work that many consider Beethoven’s finest symphonic gem, the Seventh – and if anyone’s mojo needed a shot in the arm, that was the place to be.
Sunday 22 July 2012
Kate Youde talks to the students recreating Louis XIII's orchestra
Sunday 15 July 2012
Gibbons grew up in the service of Charles I and survived to serve as Organist of the Chapel Royal under Charles II.
Saturday 14 July 2012
Grasscut push the electropop envelope in intriguing new directions with Unearth, its songs inspired by alliances of people, poetry and places.
Saturday 14 July 2012
Named after the antihero of Camus' L'étranger, Scots combo Meursault operate where strident folk-rock meets etiolated grunge and ambient electronica, a blend perfectly measured for the melancholy broadsides of Something For The Weakened.
Monday 09 July 2012
Classical music’s talent-spotting schemes don’t always work - as witness the fortysomethings desperately trying to recreate their brief fame as 'BBC young musician of the year' - but Radio 3's New Generation Artist scheme is an exception. Successive concerts by two NGA ensembles this week reinforced the point that this title is a copper-bottomed accolade.
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