Aptly for a Bulgarian composer educated in England, the music of Dobrinka Tabakova pivots on the cusp of East and West European, as well as sounding both ancient and modern. As with many modern composers, there are echoes here of Arvo Pärt, both in the tintinnabuli effects occasionally discernible in the turbulent first movement of her “Concerto for Cello and Strings”, and in the ascetic but radiant tone of her string trio “Insight”.
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Thursday 02 February 2012
The Turkish military is seeking two "physically perfect" women under the age of 25, both of whom must be "firm", "robust" and "flawless" in every respect, according to the Turkish daily newspaper Vatan.
Wednesday 01 February 2012
Appearing late at night and least where you’d expect it, the Night Shift division of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment has been making waves ever since its creation six years ago.
Sunday 22 January 2012
This serious, simple production of Handel's opera is strong on storytelling and character, but suffers from musical hiccups
Friday 20 January 2012
Mikhail Simonyan was born in Russia, of Russian/Armenian extraction, but has lived in America for several years – hence the Two Souls reflected in these performances of violin concertos by Khachaturian and Barber. Recorded with the LSO under Kristjan Järvi, Simonyan's intention was to bring out the qualities that embody the cultural roots of each composer: thus, he commissioned a new cadenza for Khachaturian's concerto by Artur Avanesov, to emphasise the Armenian flavour, and treated the dashing final movement of Barber's concerto in a looser manner than usual, suggestive of rustic American fiddling. The first movement of the Khachaturian is especially impressive.
Sunday 15 January 2012
Emerging musicians get a welcome platform, but please change the record
Friday 13 January 2012
Lanterns on the Lake's first album, released earlier this year, was called Gracious Tide, Take Me Home.
Wednesday 11 January 2012
It was almost as if the London Symphony Orchestra had enjoyed advance notice of Antonio Pappano’s well-deserved Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours list.
Monday 09 January 2012
In 2004 Susan Tomes published a memoir entitled ‘Beyond the Notes’.
Tuesday 03 January 2012
A composition – ‘putting together’ – can be paint on paper, or notes in a piece of music.
Monday 26 December 2011
In a small town "somewhere between Brussels and Bruges" a trapeze artist disguised as a laundry worker has been murdered. So opens Hattie Naylor's new musical, The French Detective and the Blue Dog, at Theatre Royal Bath's children's theatre, the egg. But this is a production that could have done with a bit longer in the incubator.
Monday 19 December 2011
Ever since his elaboration of a tramp’s rendition of ‘Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet’, Gavin Bryars has been a master of the re-use of what one might call ‘musiques trouvees’, sometimes ranging as far as Japanese gagaku.
Sunday 18 December 2011
The most memorable albums of the year, plus the top DVD releases
Friday 16 December 2011
Music whose shock-value is an integral part of its power should not be heard too often, and when it’s plundered and parodied like Beethoven’s Ninth, this holds particularly true: three times a year is enough.
Album: Ensemble Recherche, Hiromi Kikuchi, Milano Musica Festival Vol. 4: Kurtág, Sciarrino (Stradivarius)
Friday 16 December 2011
Another intriguing selection from Milan's Music Festivals, this programme pairs a solo violin work by György Kurtág with a dramatic song-cycle by Salvatore Sciarrino.
- 1 Heading for America? Prepare for the longest US immigration queues ever
- 2 Notes from a small island: Is Sealand an independent 'micronation' or an illegal fortress?
- 3 You thought Ryanair's attendants had it bad? Wait 'til you hear about their pilots
- 4 'Swivel-gate': David Cameron goes to war with the press over 'swivel-eyed loons' slur
- 5 It’s official: thanks to Stephen Hawking's Israel boycott, anti-Semitism is no more
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