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Today is International Friendship Day! Click to read more about some of the most famous friendships among composers in music history. Whether bosom buddies like Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams, or something more complicated like Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler, there’s no doubt that these composers enjoyed genuine friendships that would influence their personal and professional lives. more...
Tonight, July 31, is the second full moon of the month, or what we call a blue moon. Of course, a blue moon doesn’t really appear blue; rather, it’s their rarity that makes them special. According to numbers crunched by Western Michigan University, blue moons happen about 8 months out of 228, meaning there’s a 3.5% more... more...
The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) is currently presenting its 25th festival celebrating American tap and contemporary percussive arts, Rhythm World. I sat down with Lane Alexander, CHRP’s artistic director and co-founder, as well as several Rhythm World instructors and guest artists, to learn more about this unique festival, which honors tap’s past while helping it step into the future. more...
It’s a truth universally acknowledged by music students around the world that at any given moment in any conservatory, there’s at least one person in the practice rooms playing Bach, Beethoven, and the songs from Nintendo’s classic game Super Mario Bros. The video game, released in 1985, has some pretty memorable music: six songs composed by Koji more... more...
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From Monteverdi to Ligeti, via Prince, Carla Bley and Stockhausen - the composer whose Re-greening is premiered this week by the NYO - reveals her musical passions
What was the first ever record you bought?
I can’t remember what the first was (though as a teenager I bought a new 7” single every week), but I do remember winning a fancy dress-competition (dressed as Snoopy from the Peanuts cartoon) and the prize was a single of my choice. I chose 007 (Shanty town) by Desmond Dekker & the Aces. The first CD I bought was Haydn Symphonies, including no 104.Continue reading...
Royal Albert Hall, London
Playing everything from memory, unshowy but outstanding Ibragimova held her audience completely captive in this late-night concert
Late-night Bach is a feature of this year’s Proms, with the focus falling predominantly, though not exclusively, on the solo instrumental works. András Schiff’s Goldberg Variations and Yo-Yo Ma’s performance of the Cello Suites in a single unbroken sitting come later in the season. The series opened, however, with the first of two concerts by Alina Ibragimova surveying the violin sonatas and partitas, the first time the cycle has been performed complete at the Proms.
The first partita, flanked by the first two sonatas, formed her programme, minor-key works of severe beauty that traverse vast emotional and intellectual narratives by the sparsest, if most technically demanding of means. Inevitably, one wondered how music more usually heard in venues no larger than the Wigmore might work in the vast spaces of the Albert Hall. But the immediacy and honesty of Ibragimova’s playing has the curious ability to collapse any sense of distance between performer and listener. A lone figure in a simple black dress, playing everything from memory, she held her audience completely captive.Continue reading...
Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh
Moving immersive performances of Britten’s Phaedra and Beckett’s All That Fall, along with his otherworldly Ohio Impromptu, starred in this year’s lineup
A woman is motionless on a plinth, her dark head emerging from a white feathered gown that cascades from her neck to the ground far below her. The first thought is of Winnie in Happy Days, buried to her neck in sand, suggesting a rationale for including Benjamin Britten’s final cantata, Phaedra, in the programme. This festival takes a scenic route around Beckett, pursuing lines of connection with artists who were significant to him. This year, it is the turn of TS Eliot and Racine, on whose tragedy, Phèdre, Britten based his 15-minute piece for mezzo soprano and chamber orchestra.
As the audience surrounds Phaedra in the darkness, she rotates slowly, lamenting her plight: doomed by the gods to be enthralled by her stepson Hippolytus. Layers of sound extend the Ulster Orchestra’s percussion, pizzicato and Ruby Philogene’s intense arias, while the white gown disintegrates in dripping water. All elements combine to create an image of frozen grief exquisitely realised by directors Sophie Hunter and Andrew Staples.Continue reading...
Landlords will be expected to evict tenants who lose the right to live in England under new measures to clamp down on illegal immigration.
The police watchdog is to investigate claims a child sex abuse case was dropped because of threats to expose former Prime Minister Edward Heath.
The main Athens stock index, the Athex, plunges by 22.87% on Monday as trading resumes after a five-week closure.
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