Music the artform and artists

Botswana musician savouring Samba prospect

Botswana's budding traditional musician Rejoice Gaonakala will performance at next year's World Cup in Brazil.

Africa Review

An ode to the Bollywood music revolutionary

When you talk about the works of R D Burman (Pancham Da), there are many dimensions that you touch upon – RDB-Gulzar, RDB-Kishore Kumar and RDB-Rajesh Khanna.

The New Indian Express

How Stravinsky's Rite of Spring has shaped 100 years of music

The Rite of Spring was a revolutionary work for a revolutionary time. Its first performance in Paris, exactly 100 years ago on Wednesday, was a key moment in cultural history – a tumultuous scandal.

The Guardian

Paris Turns to Classical Music to Chase Away Loiterers

Later this month, Paris will become the latest in a string of international cities to pipe classical music into its train stations in an effort to chase off vagrants and youthful toughs who loaf about and ostensibly make life unpleasant for rail travelers.

WQXR

Henri Dutilleux

The French composer Henri Dutilleux has died, he was 97. With the death of Elliott Carter late last year, Dutilleux represented a generation of musicians with roots almost back into the 19th century; certainly his music can be seen in a direct line from that of his great predecessors Debussy and Ravel.

Limelight

Roch Modrzejewski: Opera's guitar hero

With his virtuosic new recording of opera tunes, Poland's Roch Modrzejewski has revived a much-neglected corner of the guitar repertoire.

The Telegraph

Musical world celebrates Wagner's 200th birthday

Opera houses the world over are scrambling to pay tribute to Richard Wagner, the controversial German composer often referred to as Hitler's favourite, who would have turned 200 this year.

Bangkok Post

A Benjamin Britten Centennial

Benjamin Britten (b. Nov. 22, 1913) introduced many young people to classical music in grammar school with his The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. That alone would make for a lasting career and reputation, but his influence and musical accomplishments are vast.

WQXR

For Acclaimed Wagnerian, Less Excess

On a cool afternoon in March, a crowd filled the Festspielhaus here to see the German conductor Christian Thielemann lead the Dresden Staatskapelle in Wagner's "Parsifal."

The New York Times


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