Category Archives: Music

Nightmare On Elgar Street

Were you to bury your entire face in the wrong end of a French horn – the bell, as it is called – you could scream yourself hoarse while remaining almost completely unheard by those immediately around you. The horn’s capacity to swallow sound is second only to its more conventional capacity to emit. Since BBC Radio 3’s schedule was […]

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Hearing the phenomenal40. First glimpse of Striggio's mass in surround sound

As I’ve mentioned in earlier blog posts, a CD and DVD is about to released by a group of singers called I Fagiolini – the little beans. It contains, among other things, two pieces of music for a phenomenal forty separate voices* (hence my attempt to get the #phenomenal40 hashtag off the ground – help!). One is called Spem in Alium (a well […]

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Preparing for I Fagiolini’s release of a spectacular recording of a Striggio mass for a #phenomenal40 voices

Two weeks ago my car inched its way through the rain-soaked streets of a run down corner of Ipswich, to pick up a particularly special set of eBay winnings – a surround sound DVD system, won for £60. One week tomorrow, a spectacular CD and DVD by the vocal group I Fagiolini will be released. It is the first recording […]

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More must-listen music: War Horse

More music sharing. The National Theatre’s War Horse is currently playing in the West End, and greatly deserves each of the five star ratings it has received. Music is in itself a character in the story, and the production includes stirring arrangements of hymns and traditional songs. The soundtrack is well worth buying. I have included track four from the […]

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