sun 25/07/2021

Classical Features

theartsdesk Q&A: horn player Sarah Willis

graham Rickson

Horn player Sarah Willis joined the Berlin Philharmonic in 2001. She juggles her position with spells of teaching, interviewing soloists and conductors for the Berlin Philharmonic's Digital Concert Hall and hosting an online series of Horn Hangouts, interviews with musicians streamed live on her website and archived on YouTube.

Read more...

'She spoke through her violin': Steven Isserlis on extraordinary meetings with Ida Haendel (192?-2020)

Steven Isserlis

So Ida has left us – a legend has departed. What a violinist! What a woman! Magnificent, unique, incorrigible – she was a law unto herself.

Read more...

‘We are still standing and planning for the brightest future we can’: Svend McEwan-Brown on the survival of a festival

Svend McEwan-Brown

They say that you discover who your true friends are when you find yourself in direst need. East Neuk Festival, our success story on the Fife coast, which should have been happening this week, faced the deepest crisis in its 16-year history this spring when, due to the pandemic, 2020’s festival was cancelled.

Read more...

'Composing supports children to understand music from the inside': educator Nancy Evans on a revolution in primary schools

Nancy Evans

Next month (July 2020) marks 20 years since I started work at Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, initially as their first Education Manager and then in my current role as Director of Learning and Participation.

Read more...

'We must channel the energy and pain that is being expressed right now': Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE on time for action on diversity in classical music

Chi-chi Nwanoku

The worldwide reaction to the horrific murder of George Floyd via the renewed focus on the Black Lives Matter movement is not a minority issue. It concerns people of all ethnicities, education and economic backgrounds who want a better, fairer world.

Read more...

The power of resilience: flautist Noemi Gyori on positive ways to face adversity

Noemi Gyori

The magnitude of challenges that the entire classical music industry is facing due to the coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented. In the twinkling of an eye, cultural life became suspended. Many of us, mostly freelancers and entrepreneurs, smaller organizations, but even employees of large orchestras across the world are now dealing with stark financial and psychological pressure.

Read more...

'This experience has revealed just how much I love music': pianist Paul Lewis on life in lockdown

Paul Lewis

As an instrumentalist, you can sit down and play music and escape from the stress. It’s a privilege to be able to do something that takes you to a different place – you’re removed from everything that’s happening.

Read more...

The music of isolation: conductor Ian Page on 18th century 'Sturm und Drang'

Ian Page

My latest recording with The Mozartists is the first in a seven-volume series [reviewed by Graham Rickson in his Classical CDs Weekly column] exploring the so-called “Sturm und Drang” (literally translated, “storm and stress”) movement that swept through music and other art forms between the early 1760s and the early 1780s...

Read more...

First Person: Gabriel Prokofiev on 14 years of his Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra

Gabriel Prokofiev

For most people a turntable, or record player is used to play back old vinyls bought from a market or second hand store, or perhaps a carefully packaged reissue of a classic album. We gently place the needle at the beginning of the record and are careful not to scratch the vinyl when we turn it over. But for a turntablist or DJ it is a musical instrument, and they handle it with much greater confidence and familiarity.

Read more...

Tuning the focus inward: violinist Esther Yoo on performers facing their demons in a crisis

Esther Yoo

COVID-19 hurls the artist into the unknown. June is the time of year where I, like many, look back on everything I have accomplished over the last two quarters and look forward to my plans and goals for the next six months. As my birthday happens to fall in mid June, it’s a particularly opportune moment for me to think about my personal timeline and envision how I want to commence a new year.

Read more...

Pages

latest in today

Reissue CDs Weekly: Chris Barber - A Trailblazer's Lega...

The book included with this splendid box set dedicated to British jazz innovator Chris Barber includes a series of quotes paying tribute to his...

Off the Rails review - go for the scenery, not the script

Mamma Mia! hovers unhelpfully over every frame of Off the Rails, a road...

Reclaiming Amy, BBC Two review - Winehouse family and friend...

“My worst fear? What am I scared of?” Amy Winehouse ponders. She pauses thoughtfully: “Myself.”

Ten years to the day since she died, ...

Album: Anne-Marie - Therapy

Anne-Marie Nicholson is a hard-working young woman from Essex whose career description is “Global Girl-next-door Pop Star”. She has incrementally...

Le Comte Ory, Garsington Opera review - high musical style a...

Play it straight and you’ll get more laughs: that’s the standard advice on great operatic comedies like the masterpieces of the Gilbert &...

Album: Jackson Browne - Downhill From Everywhere

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost 50 years since I splurged a day’s Saturday pay on For Everyman, Jackson Browne’s second...

Lava, Bush Theatre review - poetic writing, mesmerically per...

What’s in a name? In Benedict Lombe’s incendiary...

Riders of Justice review - revenge, coincidence and the mean...

All events are products of a series of preceding events. Or is life just a chain of coincidences? And if so, what’s the point in anything?...