Posts from the ‘Music’ category

Chanticleer – Sing We Christmas

Chanticleer, the American all-male vocal group, presents a disc of Christmas music ranging from anonymous 16th-century carols to contemporary jazz arrangements. The most spellbinding moment of…

Switched-on Bach

I first heard Switched-on Bach on LP, a record that is sadly missing from my parents’ collection now, and have only just today received its replacement—the re-mastered CD…

Bill Whelan’s Riverdance

Originally created as an intermission act for Eurovision (for which I already had a soft spot anyway),Riverdance went on to become not only a hugely successful stage…

Harnoncourt’s Messiah

Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s new Messiah recording is, above all, a performance that is unencumbered by the massive weight of history. Of all Handel’s oratorios, Messiah is so frequently performed (at so…

Music to console and heal

Leonard Slatkin’s first “Last Night of the Proms” as the Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra was held on Saturday, September 15, 2001, and he took…