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The Greatest Video Game Music 2

Classical Music

Nov 15 2012

A video game soundtrack, much like one for a movie, requires the context of the original source to be fully appreciated. Movie visuals can enhance a...

Clifford Curzon: Complete Recordings (Decca, 24-CD set)

Classical Music

Oct 16 2012

London-born pianist Clifford Curzon (1907-1982) studied at the Royal Academy of Music and was knighted in 1977. A poetic and sensitive artist, he was a...

'Conducting Business' by Leonard Slatkin

Classical Music

Oct 16 2012

(Amadeus Press £19.95) Leonard Slatkin is a familiar musical force in London. He has conducted all of its orchestras, was chief conductor of the BBC...

Cape Crusaders: Isango Ensemble

Classical Music

May 4 2012

'I imagine that 99 per cent of white South Africans have never been in a township,' says my guide cheerfully. 'They think you will be killed there. It's...

Aida inspired by Egypt

Classical Music

Feb 8 2012

There is an air of excitement in the papyrus shop. Stephen Medcalf is having his photograph taken by the brother of a recently deceased Egyptian man, posing...

High Jinks: Andrew Watts sings Klaus Nomi

Classical Music

Feb 8 2012

If any classical singer was cut out to pay tribute to the outrageous cabaret performer Klaus Nomi, it is surely Andrew Watts. The countertenor is uneasy...

Northern Echoes: Sir Thomas Allen

Classical Music

Feb 8 2012

Ever wondered what opera singers dream about? Sir Thomas Allen reveals that recently he dreamed that he came on stage for the second act of Rossini's 'The...

Aussie Rules: The Australian Chamber Orchestra

Classical Music

Nov 24 2011

The actor Russell Crowe tells of how, at a party, his friend the Australian violinist Richard Tognetti played some solo Rachmaninov on a Stradivarius, then...

Just say 'Yes': Wallen and Greer's new opera

Classical Music

Nov 22 2011

'It all begins in my pyjamas,' announces Errollyn Wallen, surveying the pleasing sight of a busy rehearsal space festooned with suitcases and singers. The...

BBC Proms: Classics of the silver screen

Classical Music

Aug 9 2011

When is film music not just film music? When it has its own BBC Prom. At least, that's what Keith Lockhart thinks as he returns to the Royal Albert Hall...

Benjamin Grosvenor: Piano Prodigy

Classical Music

Aug 9 2011

The single Steinway grand piano dominates Wigmore Hall's modest stage as a murmuring audience awaits the acclaimed performer in this live Radio 3 broadcast...

Luke Bedford's Divine Inspiration

Classical Music

Jul 13 2011

'Of man's first disobedience and the fruit of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste brought death into the world and all our woe, with loss of Eden...' So...

Prom Queen

Classical Music

Jul 13 2011

Looking around a modest office in Broadcasting House, just north of Oxford Circus, I see about 20 people calmly working away. Surely this can't be the team...

Opera Holland Park: Opera for the people

Classical Music

Jun 3 2011

Passing through Holland Park's scented pathways, between copses filled with birdsong, wild flower meadows and ornamental gardens, it is easy for forget that...

Iestyn Davies: An audience with the fairy king

Classical Music

May 17 2011

'Come to the show. I'll be the one on stage corrupting young boys,' shouts Iestyn Davies - a parting shot as he heads back into rehearsals at ENO. The...

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