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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Monday 01 November 2010
Jonas Kaufmann confounds our expectations on so many levels. His is a lyric tenor with a dark, grainy, dramatic core enabling a disarmingly wide range of French, Italian, and German repertoire in all its sensitivities. In his native German, the rarefied world of Schubert lieder marries the art of a terrific actor to the privacy of intuitive storytelling. We do not know to what extent the apprentice miller-lad’s obsession with Die schöne Müllerin is all in his imagination, but we do know where it tragically leads.
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Barbican Hall, London<br/>Markus Werba, Wigmore Hall, London<br/>London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London
Sunday 31 October 2010
Monday 18 October 2010
It was Stephen Kovacevich’s 70th birthday party and his highly individual guests represented past, present, and future.
Saturday 16 October 2010
Monday 04 October 2010
Did you know that ‘Smile’, composed by Charlie Chaplin for ‘Modern Times’, reached No 2 in the UK charts when Nat King Cole recorded it, and that it was Michael Jackson’s favourite song?
Monday 20 September 2010
Orchestral musicians are very like squaddies and schoolchildren, most notably in their penchant for ya-boo jokes: witness their puerile digs about the poor sods who play that instrumental Cinderella, the viola.
Thursday 09 September 2010
Friday 13 August 2010
This year's winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society's Young Artist Award, Iestyn Davies here applies his strong, precise countertenor to a mixed programme of works by several composers, centred around Handel's Nine German Arias, whose three-line settings he has arranged for the Ensemble Guadagni's period textures of harpsichord, theorbo, organ, violin and viola da gamba.
Monday 19 July 2010
Finally liberated from his early-music pigeonhole, John Dowland has become everyone's property: while Harrison Birtwistle does his number on him, Sting comes up with his.
Saturday 10 July 2010
A teeming, perspiring crowd and a first prize of nearly £100,000 for one of the most frantically contested handicaps of the year will together make the Knavesmire no place for faint hearts this afternoon. What a test of nerve, then, awaits Martin Lane when hoisted into the saddle on Wigmore Hall before the John Smith's Cup.
Friday 02 July 2010
With his waistcoat and tails, watch-chain, and cloud of grey curls, Andras Schiff walks on stage like a survivor from Imperial Vienna, but his cellist colleague Miklos Perenyi is the pointer to this concert’s real provenance.
Saturday 26 June 2010
Wednesday 16 June 2010
It may be thirty years since ‘early music’ escaped from its ghetto, but we are still finding fresh worlds within it.
Saturday 12 June 2010
Dmitri Hvorostovsky dedicated his first Wigmore recital in many years to the great Russian mezzo Irina Arkhipova – a voice which by all accounts set this hall vibrating for days after the event. It’s interesting what the size of a hall and the type of acoustic can do for a voice.
Monday 24 May 2010
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi - now best known for his ‘Stabat Mater’ - had a short, colourful, tragic life.
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