ENO ‘s production of Rodelinda by Handel was first written in 1725. Richard Jones new production relocates Handel’s masterpiece to an imaginary post-war Italy observed through post-modern eyes.
Photographs by Lebrecht Music & Arts photographer Richard H. Smith. Images available for download at www.lebrecht.co.uk
Resnais’ films made a huge impact particularly in the 1950s and 1960s. His first full length film was Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959). This was followed by L’Année derniere a Marienbad (1961) – a film with a dream like quality in which it was difficult to distinguish between truth and fiction. The Guardian writes that this film had ‘the rare distinction of causing endless debate and controversy not on grounds of content, or lack of it, but for stylistic reasons and the ambiguities of character and narrative’.
Resnais’ short films made between 1948-1958 used new techniques in dealing with his subject matter. In particular Nuit et brouillard (1955) which was one of the first documentaries that tried to deal with the subject of the Nazi concentration camps in their full horror and enormity. On its release this 30-minute film was described by the then critic François Truffaut as the greatest film ever made.
3 June 1922 – 1 March 2014
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Johann Sebastian Bach’s son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (8 March 1714 – 14 December 1788) is one of the key German classical music composers of the 18th century. The 300th anniversary of his birth will take place on 8 March.
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Congratulations to Lebrecht Music & Arts Danish jazz photographer Jan Persson who has been honoured with the 2014 jazzahead!-SKODA-Award – plus a generous prize. Look out for Jan’s exhibition in Bremen, Germany which will showcase his work.
Jan Persson has been photographing jazz musicians for over 50 years and has captured all the jazz greats in his black-and-white photographs. He witnessed and chronicled a key period in jazz history with great artistry. He was praised by the jazzahead! team for his unique view of these musicians and their music. For Jan, this award is “one of the greatest triumphs” of his life and has inspired him to “continue for a few more years. I am not a musician. But I do have an instrument – my old Leica M 2.”
Jan Persson has been working as a freelance photographer for Danish newspapers and magazines since 1962. Right from the start, he specialized in documenting the vibrant Danish jazz scene awash with international jazz musicians. Later he focused on the many rock musicians who visited Copenhagen in the sixties and seventies. His subjects range from Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis to rock icons like Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. His photos can be found in books and exhibitions and over 1,000 album and CD covers have used his work . In March 2004, he received the Ben Webster Prize.
Persson can pinpoint the moment that determined his pursuit of a career as a jazz photographer: “On March 12, 1960, at 6.42 am – as a 16-year-old newspaper boy – I was sitting on a staircase reading the day’s paper , and a large front page picture of a handsome black saxophone player caught my eye. Closer reading of the article showed it to be a tribute to Charlie Parker on the fifth anniversary of his death. A whole new world had opened up to me that I never knew existed.”
Miles Davis by Jan Persson
Spanish flamenco guitarist, 21 December 1947 – 26 February 2014
Spanish flamenco guitarist, Paco de Lucía, live at the Casino de Montreux, Switzerland, July 2006.
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Flamenco summit: guitarist Paco de Lucía, singer Diego el Cigala and dancer Farruquito backstage at the Casino de Montreux, Montreux Jazz Festival, July 2006.
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Scottish actor, Christopher Malcolm, has died at the age of 67. Christopher Malcolm (19 August 1946 – 15 February 2014) played Brad Majors in the original production of The Rocky Horror Show. Lebrecht Music & Arts is delighted to be able to offer shots from the orignal production, including this fantastic portrait of Christopher Malcolm with Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N. Furter.
Obituary photos of Sid Caesar, American comedian, from Lebrecht Music & Arts
Sid Caesar, American comedian and writer, best known for the pioneering 1950s live audience television series, Your Show of Shows and Caesar’s Hour. These influenced generations of American comedians. He also acted in films, including the 1963 comedy, It’s a Mad, Mas, Mad World.
American comedy writers who wrote for Sid Caesar included Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Carl Reiner, Michael Stewart, Mel Tolkin and Woody Allen.
September 8, 1922 – February 12, 2014
Photos by Harry Langdon
Shirley Temple (Black) is remembered for being an American child movie star who sang and danced.
She was three years old when she began her film career in 1932 and made a huge impression on the Depression era generation. In 1934 she found international fame in ‘Bright Eyes’ , a feature film designed specifically for her talents. Other film hits included ‘Curly Top’ and ‘Heidi’ during the mid-to-late 1930s. Licensed merchandise that capitalised on her wholesome image included dolls, dishes, and clothing. Her box office popularity declined as she reached adolescence. She appeared in a few films of varying quality in her mid-to-late teens, and retired completely from films in 1950 at the age of 22.
As an adult she became US Ambassador to Ghana and to Czechoslovakia.
23 April 1928 – 10 February 2014
Kasper Holten’ s new production of Mozart’s Don Govanni opened at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Mariusz Kwiecien as Don Giovanni.
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Photographs by Laurie Lewis
Jean Babilée was a prominent French dancer and choreographer of the latter half of the 20th century. He is considered to have been one of modern ballet’s greatest performers, and the first French dancer to gain international acclaim. Babilée has been called the enfant terrible of dance.
2 February 1923 – 30 January 2014
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