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News and Current Affairs / Alberto Remedios
« on: June 14, 2016, 08:58:45 am »
Lebrecht is reporting that Alberto Remedios, Siegfried in Goodall's Ring, died at the weekend, aged 81.

News and Current Affairs / Pacifica Quartet
« on: June 07, 2016, 04:44:41 pm »
Just learned that the Pacifica Quartet are losing their first violin, Simin Ganatra.

I've seen them play quite a few times, and they've never been less than exceptional, and some of their performances will stay with me for a very long time (great performances of Shostakovich's 2nd, Schubert's "Death and the Maiden", Ornstein's piano quintet (with Hamelin), and that remarkable occasion on which they played all five of Elliott Carter's quartets in one evening).

She'll be a tough act to follow.

News and Current Affairs / Peter Shaffer, 1926-2016
« on: June 06, 2016, 04:28:11 pm »
Peter Shaffer has died, just a few weeks after turning 90...

News and Current Affairs / European Union Youth Orchestra
« on: May 12, 2016, 11:33:59 am »
EUYO to cease operations in three and a half months after European Union withdraws funding...  >:(

News and Current Affairs / Harper Lee / Umberto Eco
« on: February 20, 2016, 08:42:54 am »
News that Harper Lee died yesterday has only been compounded by the news this morning that Umberto Eco has died.

Jeez, some BIG names going this year, and we're not even two months in. :(

News and Current Affairs / Alan Rickman
« on: January 14, 2016, 12:54:30 pm »

Lemmy, Boulez, Bowie, now Alan Rickman... What a crappy couple of weeks.

Making Music / Maurice Hinson
« on: November 13, 2015, 01:46:41 pm »
I know a lot of piano music as a listener, but beyond a few rudimentary bashes through a tiny handful of pieces, I wouldn't even remotely presume that I can play the piano, and so I've never really gone to the trouble of looking through a lot of the piano literature on the page. But by 'eck, even *I* knew about Maurice Hinson's publications on piano repertoire. Sad, then, to read that he's died...

News and Current Affairs / Roger Smalley
« on: August 19, 2015, 09:09:10 am »
I see that composer/pianist Roger Smalley passed away yesterday... :(

News and Current Affairs / organist John Scott
« on: August 13, 2015, 11:45:49 am »
Oh my, just read that organist John Scott (much recorded on Hyperion, inter alia) has died suddenly in New York, days after finishing a European tour.

News and Current Affairs / Omar and Roger...
« on: July 11, 2015, 11:21:40 am »
I dunno, Omar Shariff yesterday, and news this morning of the death of Roger Rees, so extraordinary in that RSC Nicholas Nickleby almost 35 years ago... :(

News and Current Affairs / Fagin & Dracula
« on: June 11, 2015, 12:47:58 pm »
Blimey, Ron Moody AND Christopher Lee have departed this morning... :(

EDIT - Christopher Lee died at the weekend, apparently, but it's only been announced this morning.

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