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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SONY: Professional Walkman WM D6C. ‘…. is WAY better (in terms of sound quality) than any bloody iPod!!

One thing that I’ve wanted for a long time is a Sony Pro-Walkman. In fact I’ve wanted one since about 1984 when my dad bought a Sony catalogue home, around the time he bought a Beta Hi-Fi VCR (which I now have ) The price at the time way way out of my reach (£200 […]

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Video of the day: Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra

A complete live performance by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Andrés Orozco-Estrada The Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra’s YouTube channel continues to present some wonderful live performances. A couple of weeks ago we featured their account of Prokofiev’s First Symphony conducted by François Leleux, today it is a complete performance of Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra conducted by […]

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STAX: The sad story of this record label

Beverley Knight tells the story of the fall and the rise and the fall of the legendary Memphis soul label. In December 1967 the legendary soul singer Otis Redding was killed in a plane accident, depriving the musical world of one of its great singers, and costing his record label, Stax, their leading light, both […]

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The Record Producers Leiber and Stoller

Andy Peebles presents a profile of Leiber and Stoller, the American writers and producers who made hits for Elvis Presley, Ben E King, the Drifters and many more. First broadcast in 1982. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rzm8t?ns_mchannel=email&ns_source=inxmail_newsletter&ns_campaign=bbc4_week37&ns_linkname=2content_object_right_2&ns_fee=0 ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal […]

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Richard Thompson: Dealing with backline amps

Richard Thompson talks about getting his sound out of a variety of backline amps—good and bad—on the road (assisted by Henry Kaiser). ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is to buy music and theatre tickets from these […]

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Can any one reading of Wagner’s epic operatic cycle ever satisfy the demands of its huge audiences?

Mike Ashman visits the musical immortals and the younger gods of today to deliver his verdict on the complete Ring on record Revisiting the first act of the 1964 Georg Solti/Decca Götterdämmerung is to be reminded of this first-released Ring’s virtuoso orchestral playing at the service of the score, inventive casting, and the bold attempt […]

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The Karajan Ring: the original reviews (1967-1970)

Alec Robertson’s original reviews of Karajan’s DG recordings of Wagner’s Ring cycle offer a masterclass in critical listening Continues HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is to buy music and theatre tickets from these people HERE

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Video of the day: Daniel Barenboim and Christoph Waltz in conversation

Barenboim and Waltz discuss the importance of the text in the respective creative disciplines Today’s video is a fascinating conversation between Daniel Barenboim and the actor Christoph Waltz in which they discuss the differences between the texts that they use in performance – for Barenboim the score, for Waltz the script. They also explore how […]

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