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Beethoven 250: What’s in a name? The “Bridgetower” Sonata

“Er, hello?” You are asking, dear reader. “Has SW finally gone completely mad?” Quite possibly, but that aside, I thought it was about time we gave this particular work the title it really deserves and bah humbug to Beethoven and … Continue reading

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Slow moments with SW: Mozart – serene intensity

H’mm, something of a challenge this one, I fear. How on earth does one choose? Not quite the “stick a pin in the Köchel Catalogue” approach, but perhaps a chance to share some of my favourites plus a special request … Continue reading

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“Unmurderable Beethoven” : Hans Keller celebrates Beethoven 200

No, we’ve not got our dates wrong, dear reader – read on to see why. This week, we thought it might be fun to present a little concert to celebrate the Beethoven 250 centenary. But what about the programme notes? … Continue reading

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Slow moments with SW: Reynaldo Hahn – poignant seduction

“When he takes his place at the piano, with a cigarette in the corner of his mouth, everyone is quiet and gathers around to listen. Every note is a word or a cry. His head is slightly tilted back: his … Continue reading

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Proms, Hans Keller, and, Beethoven 250

Two for the price of one this week we’re delighted to say. It will come as no surprise for Hans Keller fans out there to learn that he wrote many programme notes for Proms concerts – primarily during the 1960s … Continue reading

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At the Proms with Hans Keller: 24 July 1962

Welcome to this evening’s Prom dear readers. We here at MusiCB3 thought we might offer you an alternative to that on offer from the esteemed BBC’s Proms Archive this evening and give you instead the one which took place on … Continue reading

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Beethoven the arranger: exploring the countryside

Continuing our celebrations of the Beethoven 250 anniversary, I thought we might take a little look at one of the, perhaps, dustier corners of his output – that of his arrangements of some of his own works (not to be … Continue reading

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Slow moments with SW: Gerald Finzi – elegiac radiance

A change of gear this time, I thought, and what better than to explore some of Gerald Finzi’s ‘slow moments’. How does one begin to describe their essence? Imbued in places with a searing introspection, in others with sheer spiritual … Continue reading

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Slow moments with SW: Haydn – sublime repose

“As a matter of fact, genius grows younger, not older: as a mind of Haydn’s calibre reaches stages of maturity denied to mortal mortals, it sheds inherited prejudice after prejudice, the so-called heritage of the past; it sheds whatever is … Continue reading

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100 years young: MusiCB3 salutes Captain Tom

No-one can possibly have missed the extraordinary, humbling, achievement of Captain (now Colonel) Tom Moore, the centenarian who has set us all an example by raising a truly magnificent £30M for the NHS by walking up and down his garden … Continue reading

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