Saturday, March 23, 2019

Music

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...

Australian Violin Prodigy, 10, Named Youngest Ever Winner at Menuhin Competition

Ten-year-old violinist Christian Li from Melbourne, Australia, has become the youngest ever competitor to win first prize in the junior category at the 2018 Menuhin Competition – the world’s most prestigious violin competition for...

Vatican’s Sistine Chapel Hosts First Live Online Concert

The Vatican's Sistine Chapel, an artistic Renaissance jewel, opened up to the digital age on Sunday with the first live concert streamed over the internet from the famous sacred space. It was a performance of...

BBC Concert Orchestra/De Ridder review – Tyondai Braxton needs to lighten up

He has an austere reputation – the highbrow math-rocker, the conservatoire-trained composer, the son of the rigorous, joyless jazz saxophonist Anthony Braxton – but much of Tyondai Braxton’s best work has a touch of whimsy...

Bernstein, Bach and NY Disco-punk: 2018 Proms Lineup Revealed

There will be plenty of Beethoven, Bernstein and Bach at the 2018 BBC Proms, but also a good helping of pagan-gospel, disco-punk, DIY indie and feminist rap. The festival is set to be more with...

The Gender Agenda Review – Venables’ feeble Musical Gameshow Parody

Philip Venables’ new piece was the London Sinfonietta’s contribution to events marking the reopening of Queen Elizabeth Hall, in London. But it is a huge disappointment, coming after the 2016 premiere of the opera 4.48 Psychosis,...

Piotr Anderszewski Review – Diabelli Variations are a Totally Enthralling Musical Journey

Ever since Piotr Anderszewski took himself out of the running for the 1990 Leeds Piano Competition, walking out during his semi-final recital when he was one of the favourites to take the first prize, his name has been...

Chineke!/Parnther Review – Exhilarating Reopening for the QEH 4 / 5 stars

The refurbished Queen Elizabeth Hall was reopened by the Chineke! Orchestra, whose debut concert, three years ago, was one of the last events to be held in the QEH before its temporary closure. The hall itself now...

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