Sunday, March 28, 2010

"Iraqi Teenager Seeks Musicians"

A very inspiring story in today's Sunday Times about the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq and its teenaged founder, Zuhal Sultan

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Stuff for the weekend

Reading & listening for Saturday - links to my articles - Chopin Overkill in new Standpoint edition, Wagner in yesterday's Indy and interview with Semyon Bychkov in the JC. Plus Simon Trpceski playing Debussy.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Meet James Rhodes

The British classical pianist has been signed to Warner Bros Records - the pop label. Here's why.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

RIP Lady Walton

Lady Susanna Walton died on Sunday, aged 83. Some interesting stuff to read, and a wonderful extract of the Walton Violin Concerto with Heifetz conducted by the composer.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Trumps for Tristan

ROH's Tristan und Isolde sweeps to victory at the Olivier Awards - especially Isolde.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Faure on TV

I'm on TV tonight, BBC4's Sacred Music programme at 7.30pm, talking about the Faure Requiem. Piece in The Independent too. More here, along with Samson Francois playing the second Nocturne:

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Voice of Schoenberg

A Schoenberg bonanza for Friday Historical: an interview with the man himself, followed by an interview with his wife, son and brother-in-law, the violinist Rudolf Kolisch; followed by part of Pierrot Lunaire...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Meet Alice Sommer Herz, 106

Here's my piece in this week's JC about one of the most extraordinary people I've ever met.

RIP Philip Langridge

Linking to obituary of the wonderful tenor who has died aged 70, plus an extract of him singing Messiah.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Mendelssohn is still there...

and my final blog for Felixcitations - which is, I'm afraid, so last year - has just gone up, having vanished into the ether for a couple of months first. Plus some updates about some amazing people...

Monday, March 01, 2010

Proudly Presenting Pianists Pollini & Pressler

Pollini tonight, Pressler tomorrow, and a link to my JC article about the latter (out in this week's edition).