Is there still a bit of Tony Blair left inside Ed Miliband? The question bugged me as I listened to the Labour leader doing what he does best – giving a speech to a predominantly sympathetic audience – in London today.
Western Art Movements Before 20th Century
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Friday 06 April 2012
Wake up to the power of colour.
Tuesday 03 April 2012
A long-forgotten work by Paul Cézanne is expected to fetch up to £12.5m at an auction next month.
Sunday 25 March 2012
Eugène Ysaÿe's 1924 sonatas anticipate the memorial beauty of Karl Amadeus Hartmann's Suites for Unaccompanied Violin by three years and the desolate fury of Bartók's Sonata for Solo Violin by two decades.
Friday 23 March 2012
Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas
Friday 11 November 2011
There is always a subtext when Pierre-Laurent Aimard plays a recital, but it is seldom as resonant as the one underlying his two linked concerts at the Southbank. It is based on an album called The Liszt Project, in which he juxtaposes piano works by Liszt with 20th-century works reflecting the prophetic nature of his music.
Saturday 22 October 2011
The grand re-opening of the world's finest collection of Impressionist paintings has been blocked by striking staff at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.
Friday 15 July 2011
Conversazioni I presents a programme of baroque pieces reflecting the patronage of Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni, a well-connected young Venetian related to Pope Alexander VII who chose to indulge his passion for music through copious commissions of Albinoni, Handel, and both Scarlattis.
Friday 03 December 2010
Possibly the reason that this topic has been left until No.245 in this series is to do with the question of how the hell you define it. Ferber's definition runs to 120 words. You'd highlight: "imagination"; "natural world"; "rebel"; "individual" and "emotional".
Friday 23 July 2010
If he is remembered at all, Pater is known for his influence on Oscar Wilde. In his introduction to this "incendiary" text of 1873, Matthew Beaumont describes it as being seen in the "bourgeois imagination" as "the literary equivalent of Zuleika Dobson".
Tuesday 09 March 2010
Circa 1300, Giotto was the next big thing. Dante mentions him in The Divine Comedy as the artist who now "has the cry". He was more than a trendsetter: he was an original of the most radical type. He began the whole tradition of European painting, transforming it from the flatness of the Greek-Byzantine icon to the rounded solidity of a Roman statue. Realism is the word.
Sunday 16 March 2008
Philippe Herreweghe's 1986 recording of the Bach Motets has long been in the small pile of discs to be grabbed in case of a fire. Thanks to Trinity Baroque, that pile is now a little bigger. Prepared by tenor Julian Podger and performed conductorless by single voices and an expressive continuo team of violone and organ, this disc has unparalleled immediacy and drama. With interpolated chant and chorales to compensate for the omission of "Lobert den Herrn", and stunning performances of two chorale preludes on the organ of St Wenzel Church, Naumburg, by James Johnstone, the quality is simply extraordinary.
Sunday 03 February 2008
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