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April 24   -  

Shakespeare in Chinese movies 1931

Shakepeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona became 一剪梅 (One Spray of Plum Blossom) in Shanghai n 1931The Chinese film industry was very well established, serving a huge internal market. Movies were big in China because they ...

April 23   -  

Shakespeare lives ! The Garrick Ode, the Beamish Masque

Shakespeare Lives! The BBC Shakespeare 400 celebrations are called "Shakespeare Lives!" for a good reason, demonstrated by this concert broadcast from the Church of the Holy Trinity in Stratford-on-Avon, where Shakespeare was baptised and ...

April 22   -  

James Cagney in Shakespeare : Midsummer Night's Dream Hollywood

James Cagney in Shakespeare? And Mickey Rooney, Olivia de Havilland and Dick Powell too, in  A Midsummer Night's Dream, the movie (1935). Shakespeare's text was cut and adapted. Mendelssohn's music revised by Erich Korngold, and extra ...

April 21   -  

Exceptionally prescient : Janáček Jenůfa - Belohlávek. Mattila

Highlight of the whole opera season so far this year : Leos Janáček Jenůfawith Jirí Belohlávek his team from the Czech Philharmonic, and Karita Mattila making her debut as Kostelnicka Buryjovka.. British audiences ...

April 18   -  

Interpreting Mahler 9th - Bernard Haitink

In a career spanning over 60 years,  much of which was spent with one of the great Mahler orchestras, Bernard Haitink has probably conducted more Mahler than anyone else. Recordings tend to shape opinion, but recordings aren't "real life" but ...

April 16   -  

Erotic Ralph Vaughan Williams - Fair Child of Beauty

Ralph Vaughan Williams : Fair Child of Beauty, the latest release from Albion Records, the recording label of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society.  All Albion's recordings present RVW rarities, but this disc has a much wider potential ...

April 15   -  

Rattle Messiaen Bruckner LSO Couleurs de la cité céleste

Sir Simon Rattle conducted Messiaen and Bruckner with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall, London.  Rattle's love for these composers shone forth, inspiring the LSO to respond with greater verve than they've sometimes performed of ...

April 14   -  

Sir Henry Wood, radical : New Music at the Proms

How deep must the malaise in BBC Radio 3 and the Proms go, if it's suggested that "revolution" only came in with William Glock?  The whole concept of the Proms predicates on the radical idea that audiences can rise up to the challenge of good ...

April 13   -  

Not pizzazz but pizza : BBC Proms 2016

Generated by machine ? The BBC Proms 2016 season just announced might well have been designed by algorithm. Once,the proms meant pizzazz. Now we get pizza, and not good pizza but frozen, soggy machine product. It's way too early to blame the new ...

April 12   -  

Not the usual Brahms German Requiem - ENO chorus

The ENO Chorus will be doing Brahms Ein Deutches Requiem (A German Requiem) in three churches around London on 15th, 16th and 29th April.  But not the usual Brahms German Requiem. Instead, the relatively less well known "London" ...
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