Monday, May 27, 2019

I'm on Radio 3 In Tune today

Radio klaxon: I'm on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' today to preview the Ghosts of War concert in Oxford on Saturday. Talking to Tom Service about Jelly, Kelly, Schumann and Bartók. With Jelly d'Arányi as heroine, the concert moves from the death of her beloved FS Kelly at the Battle of the Somme in 1916 through her traumatic discovery of the Schumann Violin Concerto in the 1930s, its composer's incipient descent into madness, and the work's conscription for propaganda purposes by Goebbels, to the Concerto for Orchestra that Bartók wrote in exile, years after creating both his sonatas for violin and piano for Jelly, with whom he was infatuated at the time.

It's a good escape from all these politics. It's about tragedy, waste, madness and the rise of fascism.

And breathe.

Here's my review at The Arts Desk of the last of Benjamin Grosvenor's 3 Barbican concerts, last night at Milton Court with the Doric Quartet. Last time's was so spectacularly wonderful that I found myself quite disappointed... just imagine Keir Starmer on piano, Dominic Grieve on cello and as first violin Jeremy Corbyn?!?