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13 hours, 32 minutes ago   -  

Alberto Remedios obituary

Operatic tenor known for his lyrical interpretation of Siegfried in Wagner’s RingRising from an apprenticeship as a welder in Liverpool’s dockyards to a pinnacle of international success on the world’s opera stages, Alberto ...

15 hours, 28 minutes ago   -  

Aimard / Stefanovich / Austbø / Arditti Quartet review – clarity and ferocity

Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh Pierre-Laurent Aimard bowed out of the festival with a nod to its distinctly European flavour, ahead of displays of blistering power and staggering virtuosity / Rarely has the importance of Benjamin ...

19 hours, 8 minutes ago   -  

On my radar: Alf Dubs’s cultural highlights

The Labour peer on walking in the Lake District, the book he was ashamed he’d not read, and a great British chippy run by KurdsLast month, David Cameron accepted an amendment to the immigration bill, stipulating that the UK will accept a ...

21 hours, 8 minutes ago   -  

Aldeburgh festival review – Britten’s not the only talent

Michael Tippett, long overshadowed by Aldeburgh’s founder, finally got his place in the Suffolk sun / Two composers independently uttered cries from the heart last week, one in the grandeur of a Park Lane hotel, the other in the muggy ...

21 hours, 8 minutes ago   -  

Rachmaninov: Vespers CD review – intense drama and fervour

Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Fifth Av, NY/John Scott (Resonus)The untimely death last year of the celebrated organist and conductor John Scott robbed the choral world of a major figure. Now, in his memory, Resonus Classics is releasing a ...

21 hours, 8 minutes ago   -  

Muffat: Missa in Labore Requies CD review – energetic and expressive

Cappella Murensis/Les Cornets Noirs/Strobl (Audite) / The recent discovery of Alessandro Striggio’s huge 40-part Mass has whetted the appetite for other multi-choir works: Georg Muffat’s late 17th-century piece in 24 parts is ...

21 hours, 9 minutes ago   -  

Purcell: Come All Ye Songsters CD review – richly expressive

Carolyn Sampson, Elizabeth Kenny, Jonathan Manson, Laurence Cummings (Wigmore Hall Live)Versatile and ever engaging, soprano Carolyn Sampson shines in this showcase of contrasting Purcell songs, recorded live at Wigmore Hall last year. She and ...

June 25   -  

Philip Glass on David Bowie: 'He was a master unto himself'

In a spectacular tribute to David Bowie, the US composer’s Heroes symphony is being performed at midnight on Saturday at Glastonbury’s Park stage. Ahead of the set, he discusses his longstanding friendship with the late musician / I ...

June 25   -  

Erik Satie: Prepare yourself …

Although scorned by the French music establishment, Erik Satie’s innovations can still be heard in minimalism, muzak and even Aphex Twin. Nick Shave on the maverick composer at 150 / On 9 September 1963, 70 years after it was written, ...

June 25   -  

Franz Liszt, 13, delights Manchester audience: archive, 25 June 1825

25 June 1825: The performance of Master Liszt was received with a warmth of applause which must have been highly gratifying to his feelings / Messrs. Ward and Andrews’s second concert took place on Monday evening last, ...
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