mon 30/03/2020

Features & Interviews

Classical Music/Opera direct to home 4 - Rattle in the ether

David Nice

He may no longer be the Berlin Philharmoniker's Chief Conductor, but by a combination of serendipity and foresight on the orchestra's part, Simon Rattle's last concert in Berlin for the foreseeable future was filmed without an audience and led the way for other, smaller-scale ventures before

Sondheim at 90 Songs: 5 - 'Every Day A Little Death'

Sam Marlowe

“Whipped cream with knives” is how Harold Prince, who directed the Broadway premiere of A Little Night Music in 1973, famously described this particular Sondheim show. And nowhere is that borne out with more exquisite agony than in this duet between two unhappily married women.

Sondheim at 90 Songs: 4 - 'America'

Aleks Sierz

Ever since I heard the quintessential prog rock group The Nice do a psychedelic instrumental version of “America” in 1968, I have loved this song....

Classical music/Opera direct to home: 3 - Two...

David Nice

We're learning fast what works and what doesn't with online arts offerings in a time of coronavirus. A distinguished young pianist I know rightly...

Sondheim at 90 Songs: 3 - 'Johanna' (...

Graham Rickson

Along with many others, my first exposure to Stephen Sondheim’s art was through watching the film of Bernstein’s West Side Story as a child. The...

Notes on a no-show - Nico Muhly

Jenny Gilbert

New dance inspired by his music was the first casualty of the darkened Sadler's Wells

Sondheim at 90 Songs: 2 - 'Epiphany'/'A Little Priest'

David Nice

Is there a better climax to a musical first act than the terror-plus-wit in 'Sweeney Todd'?

Sondheim at 90 Songs: 1 - 'I'm Still Here'

Marianka Swain

We're celebrating the great man's birthday with favourite numbers - mine's from 'Follies'

Sondheim at 90: adults will listen

Matt Wolf

The composer-lyricist has left an indelible legacy

'Pause. Notice. Breathe': Elena Urioste on self-love in a time of coronavirus

Elena Urioste

The violinist on how her yoga practice has informed her life and playing

Classical music/Opera direct to home: 2 - Boris Giltburg and Igor Levit

David Nice

Two top pianists give live recitals in their music rooms at different times of day

Classical music/Opera direct to home: 1 - Budapest's Quarantine Soirées

David Nice

First of regular notifications about what you can watch online in the dark days

First Person: Electra Perivolaris on composing for BBC Radio 3's 'Seven Ages of Woman' project

Electra Perivolaris

On setting a Heather Dohollau poem to music for International Women's Day 2020

First Person: Hassan Abdulrazzak on the real-life drama behind American deportation to the UK

Hassan Abdulrazzak

A provocative fact-based play locates truth in transcripts

Actress Noémie Merlant: 'This is something that hasn't been told yet'

Demetrios Matheou

The star of 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' talks about a film that asserts the female gaze, behind and in front of the camera

Oscars 2020: a 'Parasite' love-in caps a night of firsts

Matt Wolf

South Korean triumph dominates a generously-spirited Oscar night

Young people's guides to the orchestra: the making of 'Not Now, Bernard & Other Stories'

Bernard Hughes

Composer Bernard Hughes on how an idle conversation between friends became a new album of premiere recordings

theartsdesk in Brussels - jazz, openness and youth at the start of the cultural year

Sebastian Scotney

A packed cultural calendar and poignant reminders of affection for the British

Bridging the cultural divide: Armenian conductor Sergey Smbatyan on marrying east and west

Sergey Smbatyan

As the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra arrives in London, its artistic director reflects

'Divinity is all around us': soprano Susanna Hurrell on Ravi Shankar's 'Sukanya'

Susanna Hurrell

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Indian master's birth with a return to his opera

Planting seeds for change: Helen Wallace on a year of seminal events at Kings Place

Helen Wallace

Women composers to the fore in the innovative arts centre's 'Nature Unwrapped'

Celebrating the musicals of Jerry Herman (1931-2019)

David Nice

An immortal lyricist and composer leaves us plenty to be joyful about

theartsdesk in Zurich and Tallinn: celebrating great Estonians

David Nice

A Swiss inauguration for Paavo Järvi, a significant birthday for Erkki-Sven Tüür

theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Semyon Bychkov in Prague

David Nice

A tutorial on Smetana's epic of Czechia from the man its leading orchestra calls 'daddy'

Remembering Mariss Jansons (1943-2019)

David Nice

The great Latvian conductor has died at the age of 76, but he leaves a powerful legacy

10 Questions for Techno Musician Carl Craig

Joe Muggs

Catching up with the prince of Detroit techno as he revives an old alter ego

Is this Jimi Hendrix’s greatest posthumous release? Producer Eddie Kramer talks about a legendary live album

Tim Cumming

The complete set of Hendrix's Band of Gypsys performances at the Fillmore East is released this week

theartsdesk in Warsaw: musical perspectives on culture beyond communism

Gavin Dixon

Troubled history beneath the surface in festival of music from Poland and its neighbours

'Shakespeare is mistakenly considered something for the elite': director Claire McCarthy on 'Ophelia'

Owen Richards

Upcoming adaptation shines a new light on Shakespeare's famous tragic maiden

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