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Don Giovanni

Last night I saw the performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne. The classification of his opera is neither opera seria or opera buffa (light opera), but drama giacoso (comic crama) and this reflects an opera that is both amusing and serious. Jonathan Kent’s production placed [...]

July 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

Farewell to a white blues legend

[The condition of albinism, a congential disorder characterised by the total or partial lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes can occur in any species. In human beings it tends to cause vision problems, pale skin and white hair.] Johnny Winter, the blues guitarist who died this week in [...]

July 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Glasto review

  Although an occasional visitor to what in my youth were described as ‘pop festivals’, I have never been to Glastonbury – the 2014 version of which took place over the weekend – and probably never will. You can call me old-fashioned – or even just old – if you wish, but I [...]

June 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Good … er … reservations

To be honest with you – rather like the Peter Cook character E.L. Wisty, whose ambition was to be a judge was foiled by the fact “I didn’t have the Latin” and who, on in response to the first requirement of the exam paper (putting his name at the top) “got 75% on that” – I was always [...]

June 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Way to go, Bruce!

For my first selection – in an occasional series of great music live performances available to view on the internet – I have no hesitation in choosing Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) by American blue collar icon Bruce Springsteen, a song that appears on his 1973 second album The Wild, the Innocent, [...]

June 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Adapting creative ideas from the past for future exploitation

Down at the coast for the next ten days to sail, I spent most of yesterday on the Mountfield sit-upon motor-mower, playing catch-up on the ‘painting the Forth Bridge’ chore of clipping the various lawns. The Mountfield does the business okay but, from a layman’s perspective, comes with an [...]

June 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

With some trepidation

Reports of an unlikely reunion of The Kinks reached us at the weekend – ‘unlikely’ because, as is a well-known fact of rock music folklore, the relationship between siblings Ray and Dave Davies is so notoriously fractious. There is no general rule preventing an artist – or indeed artiste [...]

June 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

A memorable experience

Do stop me if I’ve told you this one before! Yesterday, as I was tidying up the sitting room, in a cabinet – amongst my CD collection – I came across a battered old cassette album of operatic arias sung by the Bulgarian dramatic soprano Ghena Dimitrova (1941-2005). I had no means of [...]

June 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Knebworth Festival

I chanced upon a report in the media earlier this week that the Knebworth Festival is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year. I have vague memories of being there at various times in the 1970s to see Pink Floyd – who arranged for a Spitfire, or rather a replica version, to ‘fly’ on [...]

May 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

A thumbs-up for a musical idol

According to reports in the media overnight, fears are growing for the health of former Beatle Paul McCartney, 71, now hospitalised in Tokyo by some form of virus that has caused the cancellation of four gigs in the Far East in advance of a 19-date US tour planned to begin next month. Despite this, [...]

May 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

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