Category Archives: Classical Music

Greg Lake…….another great musician dies

“I Believe in Father Christmas” is a song by English musician Greg Lake with lyrics by Peter Sinfield. Although it is often categorised as a Christmas song, this was not Lake’s intention. Lake claims to have written the song in … Continue reading

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Mirga opens with a dazzling first concert at Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Having closely followed the career of Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, I am pleased to publish the review  ( 4 stars) of her first concert as Music Director of the CBSO, published in the Times newspaper dated 18 November 2016. First fire, then a sunrise. … Continue reading

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Khatia Buniatishvili plays Kanchellis “When Almonds Blossomed”

A little while ago a friend of mine in Lithuania sent me a link to a piece of music by the Georgian composer, Giya Kanchelli. This was a piece for solo cello and very atmospheric and brooding. I had come … Continue reading

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George Enescu, Romanian Rhapsody No 2……..and a little thank you to Michael Portillo

A few weeks ago I was watching the first of Michael Portillos “Great Continental Train Journeys” and in that episode he was travelling through Romania.  Armed with his trusty 1913 Bradshaw’s Continental Railway Guide, Michael Portillo ventures east through Romania … Continue reading

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La Boheme in Vilnius, Lithuania.

On my recent rain-soaked visit to Vilnius one of the highlights of the week was to take in a performance of Puccinis La Boheme at the Lietuvos Nacionalinis Operos ir Baleto Teatras with my friend and colleague Renata. I last … Continue reading

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Stephane Grappelli…..pianist extraordinaire

Between 1978 and 1992 I lived in Sheffield and was a regular attender at music events in the city, in particular the Leadmill and the Crucible Theatre. Amongst the artists I went to see were Ornate Coleman (twice), Abdullah Ibrahim, … Continue reading

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Jacques Loussier Trio……Prelude No 1 (musical purists turn away now!)

Back in the mid / late 1960s I was heavily into jazz and particularly some of the avant grade  and jazz/rock stuff coming out of America at the time e.g. Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler,  Miles Davis, Weather … Continue reading

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