Blues music: Interview – Paul Rishell / Annie Raines

From the archives – several years ago Paul Rishell & Annie Raines were interviewed by Y6 pupils* at Russell Hall Primary School, West Yorkshire following their workshop at the school and prior to their appearance in Keighley. * Thanks to Laura, Daniel, Natasha, Emily, Holly, Scott, Lauren & Lucy. Who or what encouraged you to […]

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Old music: Gram Parsons – A Song for You

Peter Walker writes as follows:  “The song is absolutely hopeless, beyond despair. It’s the saddest song I’ve ever heard.” That was Rolling Stone magazine’s description of A Song for You in March 1973, reviewing the album on which it featured, GP. They meant it as a compliment. Sadly, the studio version of A Song for […]

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Bartók: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion CD review – deft playing of most tuneful material

  Kate Molleson writes … Cédric Tiberghien’s Bartók series has been an ear-opener – expressive and sharp-witted performances that clinch the music’s essence in original terms. The French pianist has saved some of Bartók’s most straight-up tuneful material for last, and this instalment includes the Three Hungarian Folksongs from the Csík District (melodies Bartók learned […]

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From the archives: Kate Bush’s first album of new material in six years mixes yetis, snowmen and made-up wintry words. The reclusive star tells Andy Gill why she has the chills

“It’s always been a very big part of me, especially when I was a little girl,” she confirms. “I had an incredibly full life with my imagination: I used to have all sorts of trolls and things, I had a wonderful world around my toys, and invented people. I don’t mean I had imaginary friends, […]

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Zu Audio DL-103 MC phono cartridge – test review. Stereophile Magazine

In 1962, when tennis rackets were made of wood, newspeople were known for challenging the government, and the off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks was in its second year (the show closed in 2002), Nippon Columbia’s Denki Onkyo (or Den-On) division introduced to the professional audio world a brand-new moving-coil phono cartridge. Developed in cooperation with the Japan Broadcasting […]

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ELGAR / BAX: For the Fallen CD review – a special, spacious inevitability

Andrew Clements writes ….. The latest addition to Mark Elder’s British music series continues his exploration of Elgar with a couple of the works composed during the first world war. A Voice in the Wilderness is one of a triptych of small-scale pieces with narrator that Elgar composed between 1914 and 1917 (all of them […]

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