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Sunday 17 May 2009
The fifth volume in Gianandrea Noseda's authoritative Liszt cycle with the BBC Philharmonic, this is also the most technically and interpretively exacting programme.
Friday 27 February 2009
Rachael Yamagata's second album comes as a double, the nine moody love songs of Elephants followed by a burst of five more brusquely energetic rock songs on Teeth Sinking into Heart.
Sunday 08 February 2009
Tuesday 16 December 2008
When Joyce DiDonato sweeps on with tousled blonde mane and in a skimpy scarlet bodice, you know this Southern belle means business of a steamy sort. We saw her at Covent Garden as the scorned Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni: her sulphurous rage incinerated everything it touched. So when she gives a recital entitled Furore: Handel's Scenes of Madness, we know roughly what to expect.
Sunday 30 November 2008
In contrast to the big band orthodoxy of Maria Schneider and Vince Mendoza – all woodwind sighs and whispers – composer Barratt has a refreshingly heavy touch.
Tuesday 29 April 2008
The casual listener would perhaps enjoy Jimmy Giuffre's folksy, bluesy clarinet playing, but to jazz historians he was perhaps more potent as a writer and arranger. His "Four Brothers", written for the saxophone players in Woody Herman's 1947 Second Herd, including Stan Getz and Zoot Sims, became one of the everlasting jazz classics. He was perhaps best known for the trio he led on clarinet that played attractive and basic jazz like his famed "The Train and the River", which, in one of the best bits of jazz cinema ever, opened the film Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960), a documentary record of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.
Sunday 24 February 2008
As the 1880s drew to a close, Brahms destroyed a number of manuscripts and announced his decision to retire. Then he heard Richard Muehlfield play.
Tuesday 29 January 2008
It's the mark of a truly proactive music director that their presence is felt even when they are not conducting. Vladimir Jurowski's first season in charge of the London Philharmonic has seen shrewd programming and some real collector's items – like Alexander Zemlinsky's tone poem Die Seejungfrau ("The Mermaid"), enthusiastically exhumed here under Emmanuel Krivine.
Friday 18 January 2008
Neither strictly hippies nor 17 in number, Berlin's 17 Hippies have for 12 years been a mainstay of Germany's world-music scene, wowing audiences across Europe, and as far afield as Russia and Japan, with their energetic pan-ethnic performances. Currently numbering around a dozen players, their diverse backgrounds afford a truly international blend of influences, with lyrics delivered in German, French or English, and all manner of cultural hybrids occurring in the music.
Friday 30 June 2006
Saturday 13 May 2006
Monday 17 April 2006
Sunday 16 April 2006
Wednesday 02 November 2005
Sunday 30 October 2005
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