Sunday, March 24, 2019

Music

Home Listening: a Feast of English Tudor and Jacobean Music

• Pleasure might be a first priority when listening to music, but it’s also a direct route into history. This is especially true of English Tudor and Jacobean music, which gives a sharp parallel insight...

Japanese Musician Creates Unique Drum Beats by Tapping on Vintage Tape Recorders

Japanese musicians Ei Wada, Haruka Yoshida, and Masaru Yoshida create reverberating drum beats on the outstretched tape of cracked open reel-to-reel tape recorders from the 1970s and 1980s. The group, appropriately named Open Reel Ensemble, produces an...

Harpist Zeena Parkins Translates The Visuals Of Lace Fragments Into Notation For Instruments

Delicate and fine, Shetland lace was made popular in the 19th century by British royalty — most notably Queen Victoria, who sported shawls and stockings knitted from the soft fabric. Earlier this year, while visiting Glasgow,...

Ferneyhough: La Terre Est Un Homme / Plötzlichkeit Review – Massive and Mesmerising

While not quite a musical scandal on the level of the premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, the first performance of Brian Ferneyhough’s La Terre Est Un Homme in Glasgow in 1979 is remembered as...

British Music Stars Break Overseas Sales Records

Sales of British music outside the UK surged 11% to a record £365m last year. The popularity of British music abroad has hit a record high as artists including Adele, David Bowie and Coldplay brought in...

Pearl Jam’s former drummer isn’t happy about that Rock Hall snub

When the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announced yesterday that grunge mainstay Pearl Jam was nominated for admission into its semi-august halls, the organization listed six people as potential inductees: Eddie Vedder, Mike...

A Rosenkavalier of masterly élan from Kirill Petrenko and the Bayerische Staatsoper at Carnegie...

Written a mere few years after the bleeding-edge operas Salome and Elektra, Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier hearkens back to 18th-century Vienna, regressing in musical language to a retrenchment in an unabashedly tonal idiom and portraying an altogether different world....

Berlioz: Les Troyens CD review – electrifying performances set a new benchmark

Though it is one of the landmarks in 19th-century French music, and one of the grandest of all grand operas, new versions of Les Troyens, Berlioz’s vast Virgilian epic, come along all too rarely. John Nelson’s...

A New Hand-Painted Music Video by Carine Khalife for Makeunder

Artist Carine Khalife (previously) just completed work on this swimmingly beautiful music video for Great Headless Blank, the title track of a new EP from Makeunder. The video was created using a paint-on-glass method...

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...

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