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July 31   -  

Classical cover art: the good, the bad and the ugly

Matching music with images is a tricky art in any genre. Classical has some remarkable examples, for better and worse, of how fine the balance can be. / When classical music covers go wrong they really go wrong. There are some corkers out ...

July 23   -  

Take that, Take That! Violinist André Rieu sets new music-concert record at UK cinemas

The immaculately coiffured fiddler took £1.1m at British cinemas this week, making him more popular than One Direction and Take That / And there was me thinking the Proms were the big deal in classical music in the summer. Such hubris! The ...

July 21   -  

The Hallé's Priceless Classics – how much is an orchestral concert worth? You decide

The Hallé is throwing open the doors of Bridgewater Hall to try to introduce new audiences to classical music. It’s a bold initiative worth applauding / Not a totally new idea, but a good one: the Hallé Orchestra’s ...

July 20   -  

Pierre-Laurent Aimard opens a world of imagination in Ligeti's piano music

The composer’s favourite interpreter has provided an online guide to two of Ligeti’s pieces – and it’s something no admirer should miss / Another week, another site that demonstrates a brilliant use of the possibilities ...

July 16   -  

Dadaville at the First Night of the Proms – and six great Proms premieres

In the spirit of the concert series’ opening night, Tom Service honours the long tradition of presenting new music at the Proms / The First Night of the Proms starts – well, after the rip-roaring high spirits of Carl Nielsen’s ...

July 15   -  

Sounds of the solar system: probing Pluto's predicted score

As a Nasa spacecraft arrives at the unexplored planet, we revisit the musicians who have composed their own interpretations of the darkest reaches of the solar system / We are starting to discover what it looks like, as the data from the New ...

July 13   -  

Clapping Music, the App: your chance to perform Steve Reich like a pro percussionist - if you've got the chops...

Here’s your chance to perform Reich’s minimalist work like a pro percussionist – if you’ve got an iPhone and the rhythmic chops … / Here’s a brilliant – and infuriatingly addictive – way to lose a ...

July 9   -  

Hear the painting? How about seeing the music?

The National Gallery’s new Soundscapes exhibition puts masterpieces to music so visitors can experience them in a new way. We boldly go where no curator has gone before with unexpected musical and visual pairings that are guaranteed to ...

July 7   -  

One hell of a way to make a Royal Opera debut

Russian soprano Ekaterina Bakanova stepped in to sing Violetta at Covent Garden with only hours’ notice, and gave the performance of her life / There are always advantages to seeing a show at the end of its run rather than the opening ...

July 7   -  

Music as stress reliever? Fine, but I like music that makes me stressed!

New research from the Royal College of Music definitively proves that performing and listening to music relieves stress, but experiencing stress and intensity is a vital part of much classical music / Most of us have known this for years, but ...
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