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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Herbert Blomstedt: The interview

Michael White (Gramophone magazine) writes: Like popes, conductors tend to carry on until they drop; and although Herbert Blomstedt insists that’s as far as comparisons go, he does happen to share with the current incumbent of the Holy See an 85th birthday this year – which (very like the pontiff) he’s facing in robust health, […]

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DONOVAN: interview. The singer is releasing a greatest hits album to mark his 50th year in folk

Nick Dureden writes: There is a lot of fun to be had in listening to Donovan’s latest greatest hits offering, Donovan: Retrospective, released to mark his 50th anniversary in music. Though essentially a facsimile of his many and varied hits collections over the years, his songs remain sublimely evocative of the era from which they […]

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AN ORCHESTRA OF PIANOS: Maxime Le Guil: Recording Vincent Delerm’s Les Amants Parallèles

Paul Tingen (Sound on Sound magazine) writes ….. Under the guidance of engineer and producer Maxime Le Guil, Vincent Delerm forsook grand orchestration for the humble piano — bowed, plucked and hammered… We had three principal constraints when making this record,” explains engineer, mixer, and co-producer Maxime Le Guil. “The first was that it was […]

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HALL & OATS: Reappraised

Paul Lester (The Guardian) writes: The spotlights and the shoulderpads, the bushy moustaches and the floppy mullets, the vests, the soft-focus, the dry ice … no one who lived through the 1980s will be able to forget a Hall & Oates video. In I Can’t Go for That, for example, tall, blond Daryl Hall and […]

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NOEL GALLAGHER: He admits rift with Liam was ‘Achilles heel’ of Oasis on Desert Island Discs

Jess Denham writes: Noel Gallagher has admitted that forming Oasis with his “irritant” singer brother Liam led to the Britpop band’s downfall. The 48-year-old guitarist spoke to Radio 4’s Kirsty Young about the famous family feud while taking part in Desert Island Discs on Sunday morning.“You gain some kind of strength from being in a […]

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NICHOLAS PAYTON: In conversation

New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton has never conformed to anyone or anything. Reading his Facebook posts and Twitter “tweets”, you sort of get an idea about how un-traditional he is. He speaks his mind and, should someone attempt to challenge him on his views, is hardly lost for words. His outspoken nature has allowed him […]

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