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Everybody's Gone to the Rapture: writing a score for the end of the world

How this very English view of the apocalypse communicates to the player through music, sound and song / Silence is rare in Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – which is strange because everybody is dead. / This elegiac adventure ...

July 29   -  

Adams: Absolute Jest; Grand Pianola Music CD review – musically serious but still enormous fun

John Adams’s Grand Pianola Music succeeds in its referencing of Beethoven’s cascading arpeggios, but the Absolute Jest is limited by the shards of scherzos / It was moving out west in the early 1970s, swapping what he saw as the ...

July 29   -  

Three Choirs festival: Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie review – scintillating, extreme physicality

Hereford Cathedral The Philharmonia’s Turangalîla under Jac van Steen, with Steven Osborne’s piano, had extraordinary impact: a tumult of sounds bouncing off stone pillars / Olivier Messiaen’s ...

July 29   -  

Prom 14: LSO/Gergiev review – Prokofiev piano concertos score mixed results

Royal Albert Hall, London Daniil Trifonov, Sergei Babayan and Alexei Volodin’s treatments of all five works were fine individual achievements that made a less than ideal evening / Following immediately on from Leif Ove ...

July 28   -  

Yo-Yo Ma: Bach, Big Bird and me

He has played for eight presidents and jammed on Sesame Street. But Yo-Yo Ma is now facing his biggest challenge yet – a Bach marathon at the Proms / Something weird happens in Bach’s fifth suite for unaccompanied cello. The ...

July 28   -  

BBCSO/Mälkki/Josefowicz review – committed and astoundingly vivid

Royal Albert Hall, London Luca Francesconi’s very effective violin concerto was played with tremendous commitment by Leila Josefowicz and the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Susanna Mälkki ...

July 28   -  

What would Beethoven have thought of Leif Ove Andsnes's take on his piano concertos?

Andsnes and the MCO’s fresh and sensitive performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos have been an early Proms highlight. But is there such a thing as ‘authentic’ Beethoven? / In the glittering wake of Leif Ove ...

July 28   -  

Brassed off: the music teachers on zero-hours contracts

Redundancies and cuts in funding may leave some children with no opportunity to learn a musical instrumentThis week Michele Lomas will give her last lesson for Wiltshire Music Service. After six years teaching brass instruments to children in the ...

July 28   -  

Paul Kelly honoured at 2015 Helpmann awards as politics meets showbiz

The Australian singer-songwriter accepted the JC Williamson award, thanking and paying tribute to the people who have supported his 35-year career / Helpmann awards 2015: the red carpet – in picturesSinger-songwriter Paul Kelly has been ...

July 28   -  

Helpmann awards 2015: red carpet arrivals – in pictures

Cate Blanchett, Paul Kelly, Kate Miller-Heidke and Judith Lucy were among the winners and presenters on the red carpet at Sydney’s Capitol theatre on Monday. There were performances from Les Misérables and Clare Bowditch and the Paul ...
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