Damon Albarn and Rufus Norris have let the subject of their opera Dr Dee – part of London 2012 Festival – become an obsession, says Shakespeare scholar Jonathan Bate.
Ivor Novello gave much pleasure to millions, but why has he been forgotten?
As Gustavo Dudamel’s Simon Bolivar Orchestra helps launch London 20120 Festival, Ivan Hewett travels to Venezuela to witness the music system of El Sistema that produced it – and helps to save children from lives of violence and crime.
The history of El Sistema, the Venezuelan musical education programme which has produced the Simon Bolivar Orchestra.
BBC Music Magazine
Newly published report recommends all ensembles continue but with ‘substantial savings’.
Beethoven’s third symphony – the Eroica – is an exposing piece for any orchestra. Will the newly matured Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra make the grade?
Conductor Gustavo Dudamel is expected to lend his musical talent to a new movie about the life of Simón Bolívar.
The latest edition of the Gramophone Podcast is now online.
Arts Journal – Slipped Disc
The Illinois Philharmonic played happily for more than two decades with Carmen DeLeone, who retired last year.
Somehow none of London’s critical pack found time to attend Valentina Lisitsa’s groundbreaking debut at the Royal Albert Hall.
The saga of who runs opera in one of Germany’s biggest cities – and whether there will be any opera at all next year – took an upturn last night when the city fired the opera intendant, Uwe Eric Laufenberg.
David Greilsammer, known for his inventive programs of piano works, will play one of the late-night concerts at the Mostly Mozart Festival.
(Written on June 22, 2012 )