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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.

Proms / proms 2015
« on: April 23, 2015, 11:40:27 am »
A VERY quick look through the listings suggests I needn't bother planning too many trip to South Ken this summer...

Some very strange events in there, though. I mean, Yo Yo Ma doing all six Bach cello suites in one concert (in the RAH?!!), another concert featuring all five Prokofiev piano concerti...

Will probably make an effort to get to John Foulds' "Three Mantras" and Jon Leifs' organ concerto, and quite possibly Mozart's "Seraglio". Fingers crossed that a few more interesting things leap out when I've had a deeper delve tonight.

News and Current Affairs / Rattle
« on: March 03, 2015, 10:15:13 am »
Newsflash on the BBC website - the worst kept secret in music, Rattle confirms that he's joining the LSO in 2017...

20th Century / Feldman
« on: December 10, 2014, 09:57:04 am »
Unpleasant (if 'unpleasant' is an appropriate word) news about Morton Feldman.... (I don't read Italian, so I haven't read the original interview)

20th Century / Arthur Butterworth
« on: November 25, 2014, 12:43:01 pm »
I read that Arthur Butterworth has died.

One of those names that seems to crop up in the annual litany of complaints that the Proms are neglecting various swathes of English music. Can't imagine any of his works would fill the seats at the Albert Hall, but I must say that the three pieces of his that I know (the viola concerto and the 1st and 4th symphonies) are fine works.

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