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Alfred Brendel lecture: 'A Pianist's A to Z' in memory of Isaiah Berlin

Alfred Brendel lecture: ‘A Pianist’s A to Z’ in memory of Isaiah Berlin

Pianist Arthur Schnabel, faced with the question: ‘Do you play with feeling or in time?’ replied, ‘Why shouldn’t I be feeling in time?’ Alfred Brendel spoke at Wolfson College, Oxford, for the Isaiah Berlin memorial lecture on Thursday 30th May. Brendel’s lecture was warm, light-hearted and insightful, and brought to life central musicological and performance issues...
National Geographic London Store Cultural Calendar

National Geographic London Store Cultural Calendar

Amid the whirring of the coffee machines and the intense crowds of tourists leaving Harrods, Sunday afternoon at the National Geographic London Store saw flautist Katherine Bryan launch her new CD, featuring the first-ever British recording of American Christopher Rouse’s concerto. Bryan gave a theatrical performance of the highest calibre, including Poulenc, Debussy, Martin and...
Review: ENO Wozzeck

Review: ENO Wozzeck

Carrie Cracknell’s ENO production of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck was a mixture of immensely powerful and marginally confusing in parts – for what is essentially a very simple story line, the plot felt slightly complicated. However, the last thirty minutes, from when Wozzeck finally kills his wife Marie, are hugely intense, powerful and gripping. Imagery and psychological turmoil...
Faster than Sound: bridging musical genres and digital art

Faster than Sound: bridging musical genres and digital art

Faster Than Sound is a groundbreaking series curated by Aldeburgh Music that joins the dots between musical genres and digital art forms and bringing the Aldeburgh festival into the 21st century. In five week-long residencies each year, the Faster Than Sound series places strong emphasis on emerging technologies to help create new cross-art collaborations. The...
notesonnotes global is out!

notesonnotes global is out!

notesonnotes global has just been launched, featuring a daily collection of posts drawn from classical music blogs around the world, spanning musicology, interviews, reviews, new classical music and more… Please let me know if you have any suggestions of more blogs you would like follow and any feedback gratefully received. Thanks!    
Classical music websites directory

Classical music websites directory

The beginning of a classical music websites directory with a few of my favourite sites:   Video & music on demand The Space Interesting collection of vidoes, podcasts and digital essays – a ray of clarity in the digital noise! Particularly interesting is Will Self’s digital essay, ‘Kafka’s Wound’ Classical Clips Database of classical music...
Music and the human condition...a quote

Music and the human condition…a quote

If: Monteverdi was the first composer to find musical expression for human passion; and Beethoven, what a terrible struggle it is to be human and to aspire to be godlike; Mozart the kind of music we’d hope to hear in heaven; Bach is the one who bridges the gap. He helps us to hear the...
Bach Marathon Highlight

Bach Marathon Highlight

The Easter Bach Marathon took place yesterday at the Royal Albert Hall with an amazing collaboration marking Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s 70th birthday. Having tuned in throughout the day, a particular highlight was Gardiner’s explanation and analysis of Bach’s Easter Cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden which brought the work, its background and the 22-year-old Bach...
Power of the Collective in Stravinsky's Rite of Spring

Power of the Collective in Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring

Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, which has sparked countless controversies over its conception, composition and performance, is centered on the idea of the power of the collective over the individual; the haunting ritual performed before the sacrifice of a young maiden. Stravinsky’s preoccupation with rite, ritual and myth pervades many of his large-scale theatre works as...
Wagner & Nietzsche: A Gesamtkunstwerk Relationship?

Wagner & Nietzsche: A Gesamtkunstwerk Relationship?

The relationship between Wagner and Nietzsche was of a polarised intensity.  Nietzsche went from being one of Wagner’s closest friends and admirers, to being his an ardent critic and fervent enemy. In his work The Birth of Tragedy (1868), Nietzsche regards Wagner as the redeemer of Greek tragedy and a force of good on the...
Wagner's funeral music: notes on 130th anniversary of Wagner's death

Wagner’s funeral music: notes on 130th anniversary of Wagner’s death

2013: Wagner Year 2013 is the year of both the 200th anniversary of Wagner’s birth (22nd May) and the 130th anniversary of his death (13th February). Celebrations are taking place around the world to mark his bicentenary, particularly in Leipzig and Bayreuth, and at The Met, Royal Opera House and La Scala. The project ‘From...
Perception of composers: hilarious collection of questions asked in composer interviews

Perception of composers: hilarious collection of questions asked in composer interviews

A hilarious amalgamation of questions that composer Thomas Goss has been asked over the years in interviews, apparently all true… (Start at 0:26)
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