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April 4   -  

Herzliche Ostergrüße 1915

An alternative to the deluge of commercial tat and chocolate bunnies at Easter, the most important feast in the entire Christian calender, a look at what people living in 1915 might jhave felt.  Above, whimsy, hares bringing goodies to soldiers ...

April 4   -  

France Musique's Boulez marathon now online

Revisit France Musique's all day Boulez marathon HERE online (until 12/17 !)  And much more to come

April 2   -  

Major Alphonse Mucha retrospective UK

Alphonse Mucha : in Qearch of Beauty", a major retrospective, comes to Britain. li will "explore Mucha’s idea of beauty – the core principle underlying his artistic philosophy. Featuring works mainly from Mucha’s Paris period, the ...

April 2   -  

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March 31   -  

The Tsar's Bride - Barenboim, Milan broadcast

What have things come to, when Ivan The Terrible should now be known as "one of the same characters that inspired Eisenstein", according to the blurb on BBC Radio 3. Ivan the Terrible, supposedly a demonic despot who cast a shadow over all Tsars to ...

March 29   -  

Andreas Schager - shining new Parsifal, Berlin, Barenboim

Andreas Schager made his role debut as Parsifal with Daniel Barenboim in a new production for the Berlin Staatsoper. From all accounts, Schager's the bright new hope in the Wagner tenor world. He sang an outstanding Siegfried in Barenboim's BBC ...

March 28   -  

My Top 10 Hits of the 20th Century

HERE are Pierre Boulez's Top Ten Hits from mthe 20th Century. Anyone can play !  and should, because the fun is in the process of thinking, not in Becknmessering a result. My Top Ten HIts of the 20th Century. In Random Order. Subject to ...

March 28   -  

Boulez Top 10 Hits of the 20th century

Fifteen years ago, a US journalist  John Schaefer, had a good idea. Rather than interview Pierre Boulez, ask him to pick his Top Ten Hits of 20th century music. (more here)  And to his surprise, Boulez agreed. What a fun idea ! ...

March 26   -  

Boulez at 90 : a personal appreciation

Pierre Boulez turns 90 on March 26th. Celebrations started months ago, and will continue for a while.  There's so much interest in Boulez that it would be impossible to squash it all in at once. In January,  François-Xavier Roth ...

March 24   -  

What's really ahead for BBC Radio 3 ?

On Thursday, the BBC Trust published a review of BBC Music stations (full document here). So what really does the future hold for BBC Radio 3? It's striking how much commercial competitors have had an impact on the Trust's recommendations. ...
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