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Shostakovich 10

A wonderful performance of Shostakovich’s 10th Symphony by the CBSO under the mesmerising Andris Nelsons. Shostakovich is a site of ideological battle, his music fiercely contested and debated, with every sort of hidden meaning detected which might make it acceptable to anti-communist listeners. (more…)

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Long-term readers will know that I am fan of TV talent shows, especially those for singers, as reinvented by Messrs Cowell and Fuller some time ago. However of recent years I had become disenchanted, most especially by American Idol which has always been the benchmark, and has produced by much the highest quality of contestant and winner. (more…)

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Any account of the past 20 months which entirely omitted what I have been  watching and listening to would be absurdly incomplete. On the other hand to produce any sort of detailed list, let alone decent exegesis, would not only be impossible because of my poor memory, but would mean that I never caught up! The following is therefore a brief summary of the television, literature and music which has made the most impression and which immediately springs to mind as I look back. A notable and obvious omission from this trilogy is film and the reason is that, while I have seen some good, even very good, films there has been nothing outstanding enough to warrant notice here. (more…)

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Cher Hatred

During the 2010 X-Factor the outstanding performer was a 16 year old from Malvern called Cher Lloyd. She brought modernity, originality and zest, as well as a fine singing voice; it was her modernity, in the form of rapping, which was new for the X-Factor (and which made it certain she would not win – but that’s another issue). Since X-Factor ended Cher has been recording an album which will be released in the autumn, and has recently released the video for a captivating and catchy (and wonderfully defiant) single (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdbyG2MrBHk) entitled Swagger Jagger. (more…)

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September has been a very good month. A score of  7.07 on the Depression Scale which is the second highest ever and by far the best September. This may be partly because I am now marking more generously. (more…)

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The Proms 2010

Consequent upon my ever-growing interest in classical music I have been listening to and watching more of the Proms this year than ever before. And because it has been Mahler’s anniversary year, 2010 has been a particularly good year for me to do so. (more…)

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Over the weekend of 4th/5th September BBC2, along with a host of  television broadcasters around the world, carried a ‘live film’ of Rigoletto with Placido Domingo in the title role. (more…)

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