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The real thing...

If you know my novel Hungarian Dances, you'll know I have a bit of a bee in the bonnet about this type of violinist... Roby Lakatos is the real thing: the descendent of Janos Bihari, the great primás who created many of the melodies snaffled by Brahms and Liszt, but more to the point, an utterly sensational violinist. Show More Summary

aworks weekly top ten :: mostly cage, dylan & caribou

2 weeks agoMusic / Classical : aworks

The Unavailable Memory Of. John Cage/Philipp Vandré - Vol. 37: Complete Short Works For Prepared Piano The Ensemble Chord In C With A Major 7th And A Guitar Base. Duane Pitre - Organized Pitches Occurring in Time These Shadows. Wooden...

Brecht and Weill: the bite lives on

Here's a piece I wrote for The Independent about Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, which opens at the Royal Opera House on Tuesday. It's never been staged there before and it's about time. ItShow More Summary

Dramatic bel canto - Donizetti's 'L'assedio di Calais' in Hackney

Paula Sides, Craig Smith and ensemblePhoto credit Bill Knight Donizetti The Siege of Calais; Carby, Sides, Smith, Doyle, dir: Conway, cond: Silver; English Touring Opera at the Hackney Empire - Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Feb 7 2015...Show More Summary

International Women's Day: Violin Legend #1

This recording is pretty good quality for 1928. This was the year in which votes in the UK were extended to include all women over 21 (not only those over 30). Here is the incredible Jelly d'Arányi - pupil of Hubay, great-niece of Joseph...Show More Summary

There Are No Coincidences

3 weeks agoMusic / Classical : PostClassic

My subject heading is from Jung. Today we went to our usual Saturday breakfast diner. Our favorite table by the window was being vacated, a young guy still sitting there. Nancy brought to my attention that the book in front of him was Music Downtown. This had never happened to me, and I couldn’t resist: […]

Women in Classical Music: More Good Stuff

Jessica Duchen, Guardian: Why the Male Domination of Classical Music Might Be Coming to an End Sara Mohr-Pietsch, Guardian: Women Composers: Genius is gender-blind, and so should we be Conductorland has a whole lot of links to great music composed by women

International Women's Day: World Piano Legends #2

Just found online the radio broadcast from 1963 in which John Amis interviews the glorious Dame Myra Hess, whose cut-glass accent and irrepressible humour are firmly in place. She remembers what happened when she took a "wrong turning" in Brahms 2 with Sir Henry Wood in 1908, a concert for which she received the "large fee" of 3 Guineas. Show More Summary

My encounter with Dobrinka Tabakova - featured composer on BBC Radio 3 and at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival

On Monday 9 March 2015, BBC Radio 3's Composer of the Week programme is devoted to five composers all British, all women, all under 35 - Cheryl Frances Hoad, Dobrinka Tabakova, Anna Klein, Charlotte Bray and Hannah Kendall. The second...Show More Summary

Unusual double - operas by Donizetti and Arnold at the Guildhall School

Donizetti I pazzi per progetto, Arnold The Dancing Master; dir: Lloyd-Evans, cond: Wheeler; Guildhall School of Music and Drama Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Feb 06 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Imaginative double-bill of two rarely performed...Show More Summary

International Women's Day: World Piano Legend #1

If anyone thinks women cannot be the greatest instrumentalists in the world, they need to experience this, right now. Martha Argerich, filmed in 1966, plays Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No.6.(Please note, incidentally, that Argerich will...Show More Summary

Folie a Deux in Bergen and beyond

Mahogany Opera Group's latest show, Folie a Deux, mixes Emily Hall's songs, words by Iceland writer and long-time Bjork collaborator Sjon with Swedish voice artist Sofia Jernberg and Icelandic tenor Finnur Bjarnason to create a show which explores how insanity, electricity and love collide in shared psychosis, 'folie a deux'. Show More Summary

Wigmore Hall Young Producers present Evolution: A Journey through Jazz with Brass Jaw

Wigmore Hall Learning Young Producers 2015 is a group of young people aged 15 to 17 from three secondary schools in Tower Hamlets who have come together, under the auspices of Wigmore Hall Learning to plan, promote, budget for and present a concert at the Wigmore Hall. Show More Summary

International Women's Day continues apace

Great to see International Women's Day really flying this year. There's such a lot going on that I feel quite boggled. Of course, one looks forward to the day when women's equal representation, recognition, pay and respect are taken for granted as human rights and none of this special stuff will be necessary any more. Show More Summary

Mary, Star of the Sea - Gothic Voices

Gothic Voices (Steven Harrold, Julian Podger, Catherine King, Stephen Charlsworth) Mary, Star of the Sea - music from 13th, 14th, 15th century, Joanne Metcalf, Arvo Part, Andrew Smith; Gothic Voices; Cadogan Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 4 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Medieval and contemporary music on a Marian theme from this brilliant ensemble. Show More Summary

London Friday Photo

Norton Folgate Almshouses, Puma Court, Spitalfields, London May, 2014

James Feddeck Replaces Semyon Bychkov at SFS

I bought a ticket for the SFS performances of Bruckner's 8 exclusively to hear what Semyon Bychkov could do with a composer I don't really care for much. A press release from SFS brings bad news: SAN FRANCISCO, March 5 – Conductor James...Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton's Email Problem

I have been working in the high-tech business for nearly 20 years. When you sign up, you are told in no uncertain terms that company business is to be conducted only on the company's email system. You are not to send or receive work-related...Show More Summary

News From Here and There

Conductor Kenneth Woods has some comments on Sir Simon Rattle's appointment to the LSO and on the possibility of a new concert hall in London. Read the comments and also the links....Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts to revive...Show More Summary

How to Not Get My Business

I'm investigating postering services to get flyers posted for my jujitsu classes. My students and plastered various parts of Oakland and Berkeley with flyers in December, and frankly, it was exhausting and unsustainable: we probablyShow More Summary

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