Saturday, May 29, 2010

Happy birthday, Erich!

It's Korngold's birthday! He'd have been 113. To celebrate, here he is...conducting Johann Strauss. Enjoy!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Fun and Games with Opera and Footy

Ooh! Pro-and-contra-opera arguments in full force at The Guardian today. Here's my take on it...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Saving Faust

A link to my column in Standpoint's June edition, which is a cut back version of the talk on musical Fausts I gave last month. Plus a little more about other cutbacks...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Two good reasons to hear 'Visions de l'Amen'

A brief post, as am still mildly anaesthetised. RIP Yvonne Loriod; culture sec Jeremy Hunt says some apparently good things; and we hear Loriod & Messiaen play part of 'Visions de l'Amen' in the hope that he (JH) actually meant them.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Foraging around Faure

I've just been in Paris for two days recording some programmes on Faure for R3's Composer of the Week series...more here, with pics, and a song from Veronique Gens.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

How Schumann's madness changed history...

Includes link to my Standpoint May edition printed article on this little topic, plus Youtube of Menuhin playing the Violin Concerto slow movement.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

In case you're wondering

I've turned JDCMB purple because it is traditionally the colour associated with suffrage suffering, so to speak. Following the "election" there's a movement to show the strong groundswell here in favour of electoral reform, notably the end of the first-past-the-post election system in favour of proportional representation, and this afternoon there's a demo to this effect in Trafalgar Square for which people are being encouraged to wear purple. I can't go, but I'm wearing purple anyway and so is this blog! (Unfortunately I can't change anything myself in my Standpoint blog design, but I would if I could...)

Friday, May 07, 2010

Music While U Wait

While we wait for the election result, here are two great musicians to meet and hug: my interviews with Juan Diego Florez for the Indy & Gil Shaham for the JC

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

'Out of a Grave'

How the director of Haiti's music school survived the earthquake, and how you can help: