Friday, July 20, 2018

Music

Matthew Aucoin, Rod Gilfry and Walt Whitman in the wilds of Beverly Hills

In an adventurous foray out from their downtown home, LA Opera’s experimental Off Grand series “in concert” performance of Matthew Aucoin’s Crossing took over Bram Goldsmith Theater at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in...

Contemporary Album of the Month – Jon Hassell: Listening to Pictures

In the late 70s, long before terms such as “world music” or “cultural appropriation” were in common usage, the trumpeter and composer Jon Hassell devised the term “Fourth World” to describe his music. It...

Britten Sinfonia/Adès Review – Barry’s Histrionics and Exuberant Beethoven

Aclassical concerto is sometimes described as a conversation between soloist and orchestra – in which case Gerald Barry’s Piano Concerto is a full-on slanging match. This 2012 work received its London premiere in a performance...

London Sinfonietta/Rundel Review – Premieres see the Orchestra Playing to its Strengths

A50th-anniversary season for the London Sinfonietta that began brightly last autumn has rather fallen away in 2018. Its designated birthday concert in January was underwhelming, while its first appearance in the reopened Queen Elizabeth Hall last...

Pianist Lauren Zhang wins BBC Young Musician

A 16-year-old pianist has won this year’s BBC Young Musician award. Lauren Zhang, who lives and studies in Birmingham, competed against 18-year-old saxophonist Robert Burton and 18-year-old cellist Maxim Calver to win the title in...

English Symphony Orchestra

Acarol, written for the winter solstice in 2015, and anticipating the spring to come, was the starting point for David Matthews’s new symphony. It’s his ninth, but, as if determined to avoid the grandiloquence that...

Sharks Love Jazz but are Stumped by Classical, Say Scientists

Researchers at Sydney’s Macquarie University have discovered that sharks can recognise jazz music. In a paper published in Animal Cognition, the researchers, led by Catarina Vila Pouca, trained juvenile Port Jackson sharks to swim over...

Llŷr Williams’s Beethoven at Wigmore Hall

Britain’s music lovers have many reasons to be thankful for London’s Wigmore Hall, not least for the Monday broadcasts of lunchtime concerts on Radio 3 (1pm, repeated on Sundays and available on iPlayer). These offer a...

Grażyna Bacewicz: Chamber Music Review – Eloquent Polish Composer Finally Gets her Due

The last few years have been good to the music of Grażyna Bacewicz. Championed by musicians from her native Poland and elsewhere, including Krystian Zimerman, this pioneering composer seems to be beginning to win the international...

Ensemble Variances Review – Pécou’s Intricate Reflections on the Slave Trade Resonates

Thierry Pécou’s quartet Outre-mémoire (Beyond Memory) was written in 2003, conceived as a commemoration of the slave trade. Bristol new music festival’s decision to programme the piece in a city whose very prosperity was based...

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