London's Southbank Centre hosted Darbar Festival 2012 from September 27 to 30 - a weekend of Indian music, talks, food and yoga. The festival showcased some of the country's most acclaimed classical musicians, many appearing for the first time in the UK.
This year the Sight and Sound film journal selected Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958) as the best film of all time, knocking Citizen Kane (1941) that favourite of 50 years standing into second place. Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975) was the composer of both titles as well as two films further down that list, Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1975) and another Hitchcock title, Psycho (1960).
To Tori Amos , her songs aren’t just songs – they’re women. ‘They’ve only ever been women,’ she says emphatically. ‘Some of them might have different sexual preferences, but they’re always female.’ Not only that, you wouldn’t want to mess with any of them: ‘Mutiny will happen if I choose a favourite,’ Amos says, in all seriousness.
Vladimir Horowitz was a unique presence, one which set the musical and, more particularly, the pianistic world ablaze. Composers and performers, creators and recreators alike vied to define his quality and status and usually ended lost in a sea of hyperbole. For Rachmaninov he was, quite simply, the 'only player in the world of my Third Concerto'. Prokofiev listened in amazement to Horowitz's recording of his Seventh Sonata, and Samuel Barber reeled under the impact of Horowitz's 'first' performance of his Sonata.
Today’s a significant anniversary in the history of recorded music, writes Andrew Everard : the world's first CD players were announced in Japan on October 1st, 1982. And despite the rearguard action fought by some record companies – and some audiophile reviewers who went into full, barricade-manning denial at the time – it’s still with us as a highly successful medium for recorded music, the antecedent of modern DVDs and Blu-rays and the precursor of today’s digital download trend.
Sotheby’s London is to host an exhibition of the work of Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, the leading 19th-century French violin maker, from October 25 to 30, 2012, in conjunction with the bi-annual auction of Musical Instruments on October 30. The exhibition will bring together approximately 20 stringed instruments, including a cello and three violas, and consists primarily of instruments from the world’s two leading private collectors of Vuillaumes – CM Sin and Olivier Jaques.
George Butterworth famously claimed ‘I’m not a musician, I’m a professional dancer,’ and commented that dancing gave him more artistic fulfilment than anything else. In 1911, Butterworth’s passion led him to become a co-founder of the English Folk Dance Society along with Cecil Sharp, who was 16 years his senior, and the sisters Helen and Maud Karpeles. The society’s purpose was to preserve and promote English folk dances in their original forms, and in 1912 and 1913 Butterworth devoted much of his time to collecting morris and sword dances with Sharp.
BBC Radio 3 has unveiled this year’s new entrants to its prestigious New Generation Artists scheme, which for the first time includes a classical guitarist.
Sonica 2012 , produced by Cryptic , launches in Glasgow with a 10-day showcase from November 8-18 as part of The Year of Creative Scotland . The programme is 'dedicated to developing and promoting world-class sonic arts, all with a strong visual element'.
The renovated central section of London's Royal Festival Hall organ has been reinstalled to the auditorium thanks to Southbank Centre 's 'Pull Out All The Stops' campaign, which has thus far raised £750,000 towards the complete refurbishment and reinstallation of the instrument. The campaign to sponsor the organ’s pipes, ranging from one foot to 32 feet long and from £30 to £10,000, was launched two years ago to help Southbank Centre restore the organ to its former glory.