Anniversaries: Johann Sebastian Bach Born 330 Years Ago on March 21, 1685

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) never left Germany but became internationally respected by his peers during his lifetime and a symbol of pure musicianship for future generations. A virtuoso ...

Music for Easter Season, Part 1: Bachs

Even in my youth, when Christmas came packaged with the anticipation of new toys, I preferred the Easter season. Why? Because I sang in a church choir, and the music of the Easter season is far, far ...

Arts preview 2014: blockbusters

From the world's tallest building to Adele's 'modern jazz'-inspired third album, the big events of 2014 are lining up Television True Detective Crime drama is always looking for new ways of ...

Arts preview 2014: blockbusters

From the world's tallest building to Adele's 'modern jazz'-inspired third album, the big events of 2014 are lining up Television True Detective Crime drama is always looking for new ways of ...

TV highlights 16/08/2013

Big School | Building the International Space Station | Friday Night at the Proms | The Burrowers | Punk Britannia | Low Winter Sun | Hard | Live Golf: Solheim Cup Big School 9pm, BBC1 School-set ...

Best New Classical Albums of 2012

My usual explanation in this space: I am especially interested in piano and choral music, plus symphonies, so that’s what I get the most promos of. Other stuff obviously gets through my filters, but ...

New Top Choice for Bach Motets

Monteverdi Choir/John Eliot Gardiner J.S. Bach: Motets (Soli Deo Gloria) Conductor John Eliot Gardiner's superb and detailed notes for this release (on his choir's own label) open with this bold ...

Anniversaries: Mozart's Requiem Premiered at His Funeral 220 Years Ago

On December 10, 1791, after Mozart had died five days earlier at age 35, there was a memorial service in Vienna, and for the first time some of his Requiem was performed. It was not noted then what ...

Bizet: Carmen – review

Antonacci/Gillet/Richards/Cavallier/Monteverdi Choir/Orr/Gardiner (Fra, 2DVDs) This was recorded last year at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, where Carmen had its premiere in 1875. It in no way attempts ...

BBC Proms | Ultimate Big Brother Final | Dexter | New Tricks | Paul O'Grady Live | Tonight's TV highlights

BBC Proms | Ultimate Big Brother Final | Dexter | New Tricks | Paul O'Grady Live BBC Proms 2010: Monteverdi's Vespers 7.30pm, BBC4 It's 400 years since Monteverdi published the collection of church ...