BACH: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Violin Concertos

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FdNlhZAYBE “Antonio Vivaldi and Johann ebastian Bach were simply the best violinist to have ever graced this earth true masters of their craft. .. it is a privilege to hear such beauty ! Thank you for posting this.  What a wonderful and thorough recording of all of the concerti. Both in the recording and […]

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KIRI TE KANAWA: At the BBC

The charismatic New Zealand soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa looks back at her life in song through forty years of classic performances from the BBC archives, from her first TV performance on The Harry Secombe Show in 1971 to her appearances on Top of the Pops to sing the rugby anthem World in Union in […]

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Video: Maria Callas’s shattering ‘Vissi d’arte’ at Covent Garden in 1964

Callas sings Puccini’s Tosca with an unrivalled intensity Maria Callas’s 1953 recording of Tosca, opposite Giuseppe di Stefano’s Cavaradossi and Tito Gobbi’s Scarpia, remains one of the greatest of all opera recordings (go here for an insight into the tempestuous recording sessions). And here is Callas at Covent Garden in 1964, in Franco Zeffirelli’s production. […]

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Video: recording Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé with François-Xavier Roth

The conductor explores Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé and explains his novel approach to his new recording The new recording of Ravel’s complete Daphnis et Chloé by Les Siècles, Ensemble Aedes and François-Xavier Roth was an Editor’s Choice in the June issue, with Gramophone’s Mark Pullinger particularly beguiled by their novel use of ….. Continues HERE

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Tony Besgrove remembers The Move – with fondness; Don’t Make My Baby Blue

Pop fans of a certain age (this includes me) may well remember The Move with fondness. They hailed from the Birmingham area, and in 1967 they were the first band to have a chart single played on the then ‘new’ radio station, BBC Radio 1. However they did have a harder, rockier edge to them; […]

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Tony Besgrove’s Essential Viewing: May 2005, Cream played a number of packed out reunion concerts at the Albert Hall.

In May 2005, Cream played a number of packed out reunion concerts at the Albert Hall. These concerts were attended by the great and the good from UK’s rock royalty. This video demonstrates the incredible musicianship still present in the trio – Jack Bruce’s bass and vocals, Ginger Baker’s brilliant drumming, and whilst I’m not […]

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“The Lost Broadcast: The Beat Club ’68 (Full Show)” (DVD) by Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention

  We are told …. This DVD contains a filmed rehearsal of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention at the legendary Beat Club in Bremen, Germany, on 6th October 1968. The music is largely one long improvisatory continuous performance rather than a run-through of their greatest hits, but is punctuated by Zappa directing the […]

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