Lang Lang interview

There was a bit of a fracas during Lang Lang’s Proms appearance. As he bounced back on stage for an encore, a heckler in the arena hooted derisively. An embarrassed murmur ran through the audience. There was some nervous laughter. But the pianist took it in his stride and began a Chopin Etude, seemingly unruffled. […]

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NINA SIMONE: What Happened, Miss Simone? Episode #1 of 5

Inspired by the Oscar-nominated TV documentary, Alan Light’s biography draws on Nina Simone’s early diaries, rare interviews, childhood journals and input from her daughter Lisa Simone Kelly to paint a picture of the classically-trained pianist who became a soul legend, a leading civil rights activist and one of the most influential artists of our time. […]

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BLUES MUSIC: Richard Johnston Interview (2003) Beale Street’s One Man Blues Band

Reverend Keith A. Gordon writes:  Richard Johnston doesn’t need much room on a stage to perform. Tucked in behind a foot-operated drum kit, he’ll pick up a guitar, lean over towards the microphone and begin wailing the dirtiest, lowdown country blues you’ve ever heard. In a space barely the size of a postage stamp compared […]

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Teodora Gheorghiu: There’s no magic to opera singing

As Teodora Gheorghiu prepares to sing in Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne, she tells Rupert Christiansen how she overcame an illness that threatened her career. It may only be something they put in the water, but over the last century or so Romania has produced an extraordinary succession of velvety lyric sopranos: notable names in this […]

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JACK WHITE: Talking about the Mississippi blues artists: ‘They changed the world’

\Jack White learned his craft listening to the blues legends of the 20s and 30s on albums released by a tiny Scottish label. And now he’s rereleasing Document Records’ archive on vinyl. t was shortly before Christmas when Gary Atkinkson met Jack White just after the latter came off stage at the Winter Gardens in […]

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VLADIMIR HOROWITZ: An affectionate piece about the renowned pianist

Born in Russia, Horowitz emigrated in 1925 and in 1939 made his home in New York. His technical and flair won him a huge following and his concerts sold out within hours. He performed and recorded with Arturo Toscanini (who became his father-in-law). During his career he recorded for RCA, CBS and, late in life, […]

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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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Taylor Swift: ‘Sexy? Not on my radar’

THE GUARDIAN: She’s gone from ringletted country artist to feminist role model and the world’s most charming pop star. As she returns with her catchiest material yet, she talks awards-ceremony etiquette, autobiographical lyrics and why she puts nice before naughty. In Manhattan’s chi-chi Sant Ambroeus restaurant, the pair of smartly dressed women at the next […]

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PETE TOWNSHEND: The TVD Interview

  Jennifer Carney writes: The way I see it, there was rock music before Pete Townshend got hold of it, and rock music after he got hold of it, smashed it to pieces, rebuilt it, and smashed it again. Townshend spent his musical life wresting respectability from critics, pushing the boundaries of convention, and simultaneously […]

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