Dec 07

UK Premiere of Boris Eifman’s Up and Down

Up and Down, Eifman BalletOleg Gabyshev and Lyubov Andreyeva

 

The UK premiere of Boris Eifman’s ballet Up & Down opened yesterday at the London Coliseum

Featuring music by George Gershwin, Franz Schubert and Alban Berg, the production is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1934 novel Tender is the Night. The event will also be a celebration of the Eifman Company’s 40th anniversary.

Running until 10 December

All images © Tom Bowles. Click here for more images or contact pictures@lebrecht.co.uk

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Dec 06

New Additions to the Jim Tuttle Collection at Lebrecht

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Clockwise from left: New Percussion Quartet posing with a sculpture by Jean Arp at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1967. Oboist Andrew Nathaniel White balancing on top of a trunk, c. 1960s. Julius Eastman performing with Yuji Takahashi, February 1969.

 

The Jim Tuttle collection of American avant-garde music photographs is now online at Lebrecht. These unusual images capture the experimental creativity of the avant-garde circles of the 60s and 70s, including previously unseen rehearsal images, performance shots and portraits of the likes of John Cage, Julius Eastman, SEM Ensemble and Creative Associates.

The recent discovery of a lost work, Feminine, has sparked renewed interest in Eastman, an often controversial composer who will be the focus of the upcoming London Contemporary Music Festival, 15-18 December. After his death in 1990, much of Eastman’s work disappeared with him and is only now being brought to light. Tuttle’s photographs of him include rehearsal shots of his Grammy-nominated performance of Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King.

Click here to view the full collection.

 

Dec 05

Medieval Wild Things Discovered at Lebrecht!

Song of Alexander, Lamprecht von Pfaffen

These scary looking, six-handed monsters might at first glance be mistaken for the beasts in Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, but they are in fact the fearsome foes of Alexander the Great and date back to the 12th century. Pfaffen Lamprecht’s Alexanderlied (Song of Alexander), written in 1150, is a fabulous account of the life and deeds of the famous Macedonian ruler. The first secular German epic, it marks the start of the era of the chivalric romance.

This curious image is part of a large collection of Medieval documents and illustrations currently being added to the Lebrecht archives. We will be continuing to upload these over the next few weeks, as well as many colourised and tinted reproductions.

We can colourise black and white archival images upon request. Please contact pictures@lebrecht.co.uk

MedievalClockwise from left: 12th century German illustration demonstrating the armour and weaponry of a knight. Alexander does battle with dragons, 12th century illustration to the Alexanderlied by Lamprecht von Pfaffen. Noblewomen playing chess, medieval German miniature, Kassel, 1334

 

Dec 01

New Christmas Special Offer on Personalised Mugs

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We are now offering printed ceramic mugs at a special discounted rate of £12. Choose from one of our specially created wraparound mug designs, or select your favourite vintage illustration and add your own personalised message to the back of the cup.

Contact pictures@lebrecht.co.uk to place your order.

VAT and postage cost not included.

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Nov 30

Legendary Music Photographer Sheila Rock Now at Lebrecht

RockClockwise from left: Kate Winslet, 1990s. John le Carré. Daniel Barenboim, 2002.

 

Lebrecht Music & Arts is very privileged to have taken on representation of the major portrait photography of American born photographer Sheila Rock. Renowned for her sensitivity and ability to draw out the inner essence of her subjects, these are portraits unlike any others. We are delighted to represent these uniquely crafted glimpses of outstanding personalities from the worlds of music, literature and the arts. This will enable us to expand our representation of premium photographs on our website at www.lebrecht.co.uk.

Sheila Rock has been based in the UK since the early 1970s where, as she has explained in press interviews, she found herself in the right place at the right time – at the epicentre of the Chelsea punk scene. This is where she started to hone her craft and her superb photographic skills. With the objective eye of an outsider, she captured a time of great political and social upheaval and the resulting aftershocks on creativity in British culture. From this beginning she went on to photograph the greats in the wider classical and popular music sphere for record companies such as Deutsche Grammophon, while her work also apeared in many UK and international magazines such as The Face, Vogue, Elle and Rolling Stone. Her subjects include artists such as Sting, Paul Weller, Enya, Yossou N’Dour, Sinead O’Connor, Placido Domingo, Bryn Terfel, and Sir Simon Rattle. She has exhibited widely around the world, including galleries in London, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, Amsterdam, and Milan.

We will be continuing to upload images to the collection over the year. Click here to view what we have up online already, and please contact us at pictures@lebrecht.co.uk if there are any images you would like to request.

 

Nov 29

Record Breaking Mahler Manuscript Sale

MahlerManuscriptGilbert Kaplan conducting. First page of the original manuscript score of Mahler’s Second Symphony in C Minor, the ‘Resurrection’, with the composer’s notes.

 

The manuscript of Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony sold this morning at Sotheby’s for £3.9 million ($4.5), to which the buyer will have to add a premium of around 15%. The total paid was £4,546,250, by far the highest sum ever paid for a music manuscript. The previous record was held by a Schumann symphony, sold for £1.5 million in 1994.

The manuscript was sold by the Gilbert Kaplan estate to a phone bidder, presently unidentified. Gilbert Kaplan was the founder of the hugely successful financial journal Institutional Investor in 1967, and he had a great passion for Mahler’s Second Symphony, known as the Resurrection Symphony. He conducted it with many key orchestras around the world and also recorded the symphony.

 

Nov 28

Pauline Oliveros, American composer and accordionist, has died

OLIVEROS, Pauline  in Los Angeles, December 1986

Pauline Oliveros, American composer and accordionist, has died aged 84.

She was a founding member of the San Francisco Tape Music Center in the 1960s, and investigated new ways to focus attention on music, coining the concepts of “Deep Listening” and “sonic awareness”.

May 30, 1932 – November 24, 2016

Photograph © Betty Freeman. Contact pictures@lebrecht.co.uk or download here.

 

 

Nov 28

Cuban politician and revolutionary Fidel Castro has died aged 90

Fidel Castro and Che GuevaraWith Che Guevara, 1959 © Leemage

 

Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro, one of the world’s longest-serving and most iconic leaders, has died aged 90.

His younger brother and successor as president Raul Castro announced the news on state television.

Images available for download at www.lebrecht.co.uk

Fidel CastroGiving a speech after victory over Fulgencio Batista in 1959 © Rue des Archives

 

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Reading the newspaper Bohemia, c. 18- 25 January 1959 © Leemage

 

Nikita Chruschtschow und Fidel Castro im Birkenhain, Samsonow, Marat Iwanowitsch (*1925)Nikita Khrushchev and Fidel Castro in a Birch Grove, painting by Marat Ivanovich Samsonov, Russia, c. 1960 © culture-images

 

Nov 25

Paul Findlay, Director of Opera of The Royal Opera House has died.

Paul Findlay against backdrop of screening of Roya

Paul Findlay, Director of Opera of The Royal Opera House, London from 1987–93, has died.

Born in New Zealnd, Findlay worked at the ROH for twenty five years. He was known for his commitment to making opera and ballet accessible to, in his words, ‘as wide a public as possible’, well beyond the confines of Covent Garden.

Our photograph shows him against a backdrop of the first BP Big Screen in Covent Garden Piazza in 1987 which was his initiative.

Image by Lebrecht photographer Richard H Smith