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 21 January 2011
Friday 07 January 2011
The way Radio 3 foists the music of Percy Grainger on its listeners is a perennial mystery, given that its choice invariably focuses on his most irritatingly breezy mode.
Friday 07 January 2011
Wednesday 05 January 2011
Having just praised the Wigmore Hall for bravely flying the flag during most schedulers’ dead-time at Christmas, I must now give a similar accolade to London’s new chamber venue in the wilds of Kings Cross – Kings Place.
Friday 31 December 2010
With the horizon echoing to carols by candlelight, and with the Gubbayfication of the Albert Hall and Barbican, this is the time of year when one gives thanks for the Wigmore Hall, where there is no falling-off in musical quality.
Thursday 30 December 2010
Wednesday 29 December 2010
As a tale of love conquering all, then being conquered in turn by madness, and with the incursion of a third party to form the most chaste love-triangle in history, the saga of Robert Schumann, Clara Wieck, and Johannes Brahms is uniquely fertile soil for drama.
Sunday 26 December 2010
Thursday 23 December 2010
With much-loved classics, familiarity can breed such content that we become blind to their strangenesses.
Friday 10 December 2010
The second volume in Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien's ongoing series of Beethoven violin sonatas sustains the standard of the first, with their treatment of the Violin Sonata in F major, Spring, Op 24, perhaps their most delightful vehicle yet.
Monday 06 December 2010
This was a concert of which one had high hopes. The French soprano Sandrine Piau – a renowned Baroque exponent – would sing Purcell’s sacred songs accompanied by harpsichordist Christophe Rousset and his distinguished Talens Lyriques colleagues, Elizabeth Kenny on the lute and Laurence Dreyfus on the viola da gamba.
Saturday 27 November 2010
Each year, Risor - a small fishing town on the south-eastern coast of Norway - hosts an internationally renowned festival of chamber music.
Tuesday 16 November 2010
Moments of perfection are rare, but you know one when you find it. In the opening concert of cellist Steven Isserlis's Saint-Saëns, Fauré and Ravel series, it was the quietest, most modest piece that stopped the breath. Who would have thought that Fauré's little Berceuse could house that much magic? Isserlis, cradling his muted cello, made it speak with an ineffable fusion of beauty, truth and love. I reckon Fauré himself would have been moved to tears.
Friday 12 November 2010
Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London<br/>Jonas Kaufmann, Wigmore Hall, London<br/>The Marriage of Figaro, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
Sunday 07 November 2010
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