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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Friday 11 January 2008
The good news is that Simon Keenlyside has curbed his usual incessant prowling on the recital platform. Not only was he in resplendent voice for this ambitious Wigmore Hall programme, but the new-found stillness (or relative stillness) drew us more directly into his confidence. The nervous energy was still very much in evidence, but harnessing it physically made for an extraordinary tension in the singing. You can't lie in the recital hall, and the shifty body language always suggested he was doing just that. Not this time.
Wednesday 09 January 2008
It is tricky to write about a concert when told from the platform that the musicians are donating their services for free. As it is for a good cause the Pharos Trust it feels churlish to go into critical mode. But when a group of good players are put together "giving their services", chances are that rehearsal time will be brief. And, alas, this is what struck me in this concert: put fine chamber music players together and something respectable will turn out, but it is unlikely to be exceptional. Chamber music is about blend of sound and blend of approach after significant periods working together.
Sunday 16 December 2007
Sunday 16 December 2007
Thursday 06 December 2007
Friday 19 January 2007
Sunday 07 January 2007
Friday 13 October 2006
Friday 09 June 2006
Monday 29 May 2006
Sunday 28 May 2006
Canterbury Crusaders beat their fellow New Zealand side Wellington Hurricanes 19-12 here to win the inaugural Super 14 final. Canterbury's outside-centre Casey Laulala scored the only try of a match played in thick fog, while their fly-half Dan Carter kicked four penalties and a conversion.
Saturday 27 May 2006
Thursday 23 June 2005
Thursday 30 December 2004
Thursday 09 December 2004
No doubt those who had already heard Steven Osborne's much-praised recording on the Hyperion label of Olivier Messiaen's gigantic two-hour solo piano cycle 20 Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus, approached the Wigmore Hall with high expectations.
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