Never short of confidence or savoir faire , the young Handel seems to have set out to become the supreme musical cosmopolitan. After a thorough grounding in the contrapuntal tradition of his native Saxony, he honed his command of form and fluid, long-arched melody during his glittering three-year sojourn in Italy.
Renowned choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker adapted her acclaimed 1982 performance, Fase: Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich for The Tanks at Tate Modern last month as part of the gallery's ongoing Tanks: Live programme .
When Sarah Grange first conceived the idea of initiating an operatic project for the ground-breaking Tète-à-Tète: The Opera Festival in Hammersmith, she can have had little inkling of quite how remarkable this particular artistic journey would turn out to be. Her chosen subject for A Quiet Life was the life of Annie Jump Cannon, a ground-breaking American ‘blue stocking’ who was born in Dover, Delaware in December 1863, the daughter of Wilson Cannon, a shipbuilder and state senator.
This year Gramophone featured some of the world's most striking new concert-halls in its January issue. One of them was the newly opened Harpa Concert Hall in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík. James Jolly went to experience Harpa at first hand and made this video blog - with contributions from the hall's artistic director Steinunn Birna Ragnarsdóttir and the music director of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra Ilan Volkov.
This month in Gramophone , we celebrate the life and career of Glenn Gould , who passed away 30 years ago this year. We've spoken to his closest friends and colleagues as well to those who have been most influenced by his recordings (including pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy, composers Steve Reich and Gavin Bryars, conductor Vladimir Jurowski, and singer Petula Clark). To fully comprehend the breadth of Gould's genius is no easy thing.
Poor Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912): in agreeing to a one-off fee of 15 guineas for the publishing rights to his 1898 cantata Hiawatha's Wedding Feast , he missed out on a fortune. In the years preceding the Great War, Novello sold in excess of 140,000 copies of the vocal score alone, the royalties from which would have secured the young composer and his growing family a far more amenable and stress-free lifestyle. Instead, the impecunious (and by all accounts, extremely affable and generous-spirited) Coleridge-Taylor was obliged to take on a variety of duties.
The Sixteen 's new season brochure is published this week, with striking photographs commissioned by Josep Molina . The ensemble - comprising both choir and period instrument orchestra conducted by founder Harry Christophers - also runs Genesis Sixteen, a leading training programme for young singers. The first Genesis Sixteen group to graduate performs a residency in Oxford’s Magdalen College beginning on August 2.
In the July 1945 of The Gramophone , Cpl Jerome J Pastene – who contributed a regular letter from Boston – paid tribute to one of the great figures in the city's, if not the USA's, musical life, the conductor Serge Koussevitzky (1874-1951) who was in charge of the Boston Symphony from 1924 to 1949. We revisit that article today, on Koussevitzky's birthday.
On Thursday, July 19, the London Mozart Players and conductor Hilary Davan Wetton gave the world premiere of the South Holland Symphony , a work by Duncan Chapman composed in collaboration with local communities from the Lincolnshire district of South Holland. The 20-minute work was the result of a number of workshops led by Chapman drawing on the remote landscapes of the area.