Monday, December 28, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

About Time, Too

Today The Times took a leaf out of my 'Bog off, Bruckner' idea and got arts figures to pick the classics they hate. Here's a little response.

Monday, December 21, 2009


It's the Winter Solstice and it's time for the annual JDCMB Ginger Stripe Awards Ceremony!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Rodolfo the Red-Nosed Tenor

Piotr Beczala drops out of Boheme opening night half way through. Why do singers never have 'normal' colds, only 'severe' ones?

Friday, December 18, 2009

Nut, cracked

The Baryshnikov Nutcracker from American Ballet Theatre, 1977, starring the man himself with the glorious Gelsey Kirkland. Watch and marvel. Happy Friday Historical Christmas!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It's All About the Music

How often do you hear opera directors say that? Meet one who does: the marvellous John Copley. Here's my interview with him, via What's On Stage:

Monday, December 14, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday historical: meet Arthur Rubinstein

Interview with Rubinstein for his 90th birthday, film in 2 parts. Unmissable: an inspirational, marvellous man.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Any Questions?

I'm putting out a call for reader questions - please drop 'em into the comments box at the Standpoint site by Sunday evening and I will do my best to answer them next week. Questions should be polite, reasonable and pertinent, please! and posted to Standpoint via the link, not on Blogger.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Friday, December 04, 2009

Sad stuff,,,and cheering stuff too

The sad stuff involves my two pieces in the Indy this week - a look at Chopin's thoroughly nasty side out today, and a review of the worst piano recital I've heard this year, out yesterday. The cheering stuff involves two great concerts coming up tomorrow in London and Leeds, and a wonderful Friday Historical video showing Cziffra playing Liszt's Gnomenreigen. Personally I'm off to ballet class.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Fun Time?

My pal wrote an article about how someone criticised him for his "self-indulgent" hobby: playing the piano! What is the world coming to? Some angry words, plus a bit about Roger Scruton.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Xmas presents...

If you fancy giving a signed copy of one of my novels as an Xmas present, I can do 'em. Paperbacks of all four available, plus the Hungarian Dances CD and hardbacks of 'Rites of Spring'. Email me for details or tweet to @jessicaduchen ...