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Classical music Books

Extracts: John Tusa - Pain in the Arts

Ismene Brown

In the midst of ferment as the arts world faces fast-shrinking public subsidy, Sir John Tusa, former managing director of the BBC World Service and the Barbican Arts Centre, publishes this week a...

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Extract: The Show Must Go On (2012)

Gareth Davies

As we approach the end of what feels like a long season of concerts, I cannot think of a more satisfying way to finish than with Bernard Haitink on the podium. All conductors have different styles,...

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Extract: The Show Must Go On (1912)

Gareth Davies

New York City, the movie star, is so familiar now even to those who have never visited that it’s difficult to imagine the impact on the LSO players of arriving there for the first time. As they stood...

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Welsh Week: Dinefwr, Adain Avion, Llangollen, BrynFest

Jasper Rees

This Friday afternoon at five o’clock, the National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke will recite a new poem and initiate a seismic week of Welsh cultural exploration. The inaugural Dinefwr Literary...

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What I'm Reading: Conductor Andrew Litton

David Nice

Newly knighted with the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit for his services to the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, American conductor and pianist Andrew Litton is a musician who believes in the nurturing...

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My Summer Reading: Violinist Vadim Gluzman

David Nice

Some violinists just play; others have a voice. Ukrainian-Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman follows the distinguished line of great Petersburg violinist Leopold Auer - whose 1690 Stradivarius he...

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My Summer Reading: Conductor Vladimir Jurowski

David Nice

Born in Russia in 1972, the London Philharmonic Orchestra's principal conductor has galvanised the capital's music scene with some of the most thoughtful, groundbreaking and carefully prepared...

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My Summer Reading: Tenor Ian Bostridge

Hilary Whitney

The career of acclaimed tenor Ian Bostridge (b 1964) has taken a somewhat unusual trajectory. He was reading for a PhD on witchcraft at Corpus Christi College, Oxford before he decided to turn his...

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My Summer Reading: Percussionist Colin Currie

Colin Currie bangs the drum for Elif Sharif, Alex Ross and JG Farrell Hilary Whitney

Third in line to share their summer reading selection with theartsdesk is Colin Currie (b 1976), the leading percussionist of his generation. A driving force behind new percussion repertoire for more...

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What I'm Reading: Conductor Peter Phillips

Peter Phillips with the Tallis Scholars: 'The way the patriarch runs his family...' theartsdesk

Next to choose some favourite books is conductor Peter Phillips, whose touring lifestyle can make "summer reading" something of a year-round phenomenon. When Phillips founded the vocal ensemble the...

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Extract: Tim Lawrence's Hold On To Your Dreams

Arthur Russell, 5 April 1991. Joe Muggs

Linked to Joe Muggs' interview with Tim Lawrence on theartsdesk, this is extracted from the introduction of Hold On To Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-1992. Arthur...

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