Sunday, August 30, 2009

Perryman Plays the Field

A preview of tonight's Play the Field Festival in Somerset, where the astonishing kinetic artist Norman Perryman will join conductor Charles Hazlewood and violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky for a live-kinetic-art interpretation of The Four Seasons. Youtube video of Perryman in action included in post.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Saturday sequels

A few follow-ups to recent stories, from the cellist who caught the falling star at Glyndebourne to battling Goldbergs, knitting and Ben & Jerry's...

Friday, August 28, 2009

Donizetti rocks...

Just to prove I didn't get eaten alive by a Monshta in Berlin... I went along to L'elisir d'amore at Glyndebourne yesterday and have now found a nice Caruso recording for our Friday Historical.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

Rusalka falls off stage...

Major drama tonight at Glyndebourne: Rusalka took a tumble and landed in the cello section...

The voice of Friedman

The great Ignaz Friedman talks about, and plays, Chopin: a radio broadcast from 1940, ideal for my more-or-less weekly historical slot for Friday afternoon. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

RIP Hildegard Behrens

Farewell to the great soprano who has died aged 72. I've posted a link to a good obituary and some footage of her singing the Immolation Scene from Gotterdammerung.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

JDCMB wins a badge!

We're in another list of the 100 best blogs, this time courtesy of The Daily Reviewer. They kindly sent me a badge - see left! :-)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Brave New Worlds?

Responding to Alex Ross in The New Yorker on digital remastering and the overavailability of music. Plus a few adventures closer to home with a 78s-playing gramophone...

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Friday, August 14, 2009

Bravo Budapest

Some great YouTube footage with extracts of the first-ever concert by the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 1983... They will be at the Proms on Tuesday.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Wanted: Comic Opera. Must be Funny,

Response on the blog today to a piece in The Times suggesting that there isn't enough fun in opera and that an opera about Abi Titmuss [who?] is the answer... Please leave your thoughts in the comments box at STANDPOINT, rather than here.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Plisetskaya, Shchedrin, Carmen

I have an interview with Rodion Shchedrin on the 'Music that changed me' page of the new BBC Music Magazine and have homed in on the Carmen Suite he created for his wife, Maya Plisetskaya, a little more fully on the blog today. Complete with footage of her dancing some of it.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Sunday, August 02, 2009

JD on TV

I will be on BBC1's Breakfast news tomorrow morning (Monday) live between 8.30 and 9am, along with BBC Music Magazine's editor Oliver Condy, to discuss the Mozart juvenilia that pitched up in Salzburg the other day. Please excuse me while I hurry off to do my hair...