Thursday, September 30, 2010

When markets turn black...

...then music fans turn puce. Have tickets touts made black market colluders of us all?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Gove calls for music education review

Good words from education secretary Michael Gove re music education in the UK - but how's he going to pay for it?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Perryman Videos

Here are the two parts of my split-screen video chat about music&painting and music&words with kinetic artist Norman Perryman.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Flight past the Green Mountain

Meet Mr Monteverdi. And also meet me and kinetic artist Norman Perryman trying to figure out Skype and split screens, and hear a wonderful radio programme about Faure's Requiem.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Toby Takes the Cake

My write-up of Faust at English National Opera. Please will you welcome: a real romantic tenor who happens to be British?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Marking Spence

My interview from today's Independent with Toby Spence, ace British tenor who's singing Faust from next Tuesday. Also a significant out-take in which Toby voices criticism of the current state of singing graduates from British music colleges. Plus an extract of Fausty music from Gil Shaham.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Darting on at Dartington

The future's bright after all at the Dartington International Summer School of Music.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Meet Katya Apekisheva, Jack Liebeck and Tolstoy...

...An interview with Katya, who's playing at the Wigmore on Wednesday, and a fascinating film of The Kreutzer Sonata to watch.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Hunting Good Will, Not

In support of Intermezzo over her recent correspondence with the Royal Opera House

Seasonal Stuff, Sort Of

My interview with Renee Fleming re the Last Night of the Proms, and some little-known religious Korngold to listen to - admittedly for the wrong bit of the Jewish calendar but it was all I could find.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Beethoven Moments

Composers and deafness: Beethoven and Faure via Michael Berkeley and an experiment by Krystian Zimerman...

Monday, September 06, 2010

Sunday, September 05, 2010

"Wouldn't you just die without Mahler?"

Reflections after Mahler 1 by the Berlin Phil & Sir Simon Rattle at the Proms the other night...

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Pianist in Earthquake

Piers Lane is in Christchurch, New Zealand...

Friday, September 03, 2010

Time-Travel at the Proms

We're going back to 1910, without a tardis in sight. Indeed, the journey more prominently features Sir Henry Wood's bike...

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Meet Steven Isserlis

A link to my latest interview with the great cellist, plus some Youtube of him playing some unbelievably amazing Schumann.