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...)