B B King – King of the Blues passes away
B B King, the American blues musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist known as King of the Blues has passed away. He was famous for his many hit songs.
16th September 1925 – 1st May 2015
While everyone was waiting for the results of yesterday’s voting, classical music fans were celebrating the 175th birth anniversary of Russian composer Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. He wrote symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, chamber music, and a choral setting of the Russian Orthodox Divine Liturgy. Some of these are among the most popular theatrical music in the classical repertoire, including the ballets Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, and the opera Eugene Onegin, based on Alexander Pushkin’s novel in verse.
The opera Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi is being performed at the Theatre des Champs Elysses, Paris, France. Conducted by Daniele Gatti, directed by Mario Martone with costume design by Ursula Patzak. Susanna Branchini sings Lady Macbeth (soprano) , Jean-Francois Borras is Macduff (tenor), Jeremy Duffau is Malcolm (tenor), Roberto Frontali sings title role of Macbeth (baritone) and Andrea Mastroni is Banquo (bass)
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Woolf Works is a full length ballet based on the works of Virginia Woolf, with a specially commissioned score by acclaimed British composer Max Richter. The ballet combines themes from Woolf’s landmark novels, including Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves, as well as elements of her essays, letters and diaries. It is McGregor’s first full-length production for The Royal Ballet, and will run from the 11th to the 26th of May.
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Russian Ballet Dancer Maya Mikhaylovna Plisetskaya has passed away aged 89 – 20 November 1925 – 2 May 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his “deep condolences” to Plisetskaya’s family and relatives.
Plisetskaya joined the Bolshoi in 1943, captivating audiences around the world. In 1960, she became the Bolshoi’s prima ballerina.
Among her acclaimed roles were Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty and Carmen in Carmen Suite by her husband Rodion Shchedrin.
Plisetskaya left the stage aged 65, becoming a choreographer and giving master classes around the world.
She moved to the German city of Munich with her composer husband Rodion Shchedrin in 1991.
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Ruth Rendell the famous British crime write dies
The British novelist and crime writer Ruth Rendell, has died aged 85 . - 17 February 1930 – 2 May 2015.
She revitalised the mystery genre to reflect post-war social changes and wove into more than 60 books contemporary issues as domestic violence, transvestism, paedophilia and sexual frustration. Her Inspector Wexford mysteries became an extremely popular television figure in the 1990s.
The Pirates of Penzance or The Slave of Duty was premiered in New York on 31 December 1879, The London debut followed on three months later on 3 April 1880. The famous songs are the Major-General’s Song and The Policeman’s Song where the words of the parody are often changed to be more relevant to modern times. Will this happen in Mike Leigh’s production?
Set designs are by Alison Chitty and the conductor is David Parry. Andrew Shore is the very model of a modern Major-General, Jonathan Lemalu is the affectionate parody of the British bobby, Robert Murray is the innocent pirate-apprentice Frederic, and Rebecca de Pont Davies is the older woman who has designs on him.
Lebrecht Music Arts has an extensive collection of previous productions and sketches of Pirates of Penzance. We have long been fans of all the Gilbert and Sullivan operas and their composer and librettist. A little known fact is that one of the members of staff at Lebrecht Music & Arts made their debut as a fairy in a long forgotten production of Iolanthe! Unfortunately we have no photos available.
Digging deep into the Lebrecht archives we found this truly rare line up from the 1922 ISCM conference (International Society for Contemporary Music). It includes some of the great composers who would leave an indelible mark on the pre-war and post war classical music world. From left to right: Karl Weigl, Karl Alwin, Wilhem Grosz, Arthur Bliss, Paul Hindemith, Rudolf Reti, Ethel Smyth, Paul A Fisk, Willem Pijper, Egon Lustgarten, Egon Wellescz, Anton Webern, Karl Horowitz, Hugo Kauder
WHERE? Stand BB/13 at FOTOFRINGE 2015 (www.fotofringelondon.com) on Thursday 23 April 2015 at King’s Place, London, N1 9AG, 9 am – 5 pm.
HOW? Make an appointment: please call 020 7625 5341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, pop by our stand at BB/13 on the day.
WHY? We love to meet our clients face to face. so we can tell you …..
WHAT’S NEW? – Amazing unseen images of 1950s London by Godfrey MacDominic
- Fabulous collection of recorded musicals
- Great graphics in WWI poster collection
AS WELL AS ….
- our unique music collections, Boston Museum of Fine Arts musical instruments, the London Royal Academy of Music, the Kurt Weill Foundation, and more…
- our historic photographers Siegfried Lauterwasser and Sabine Toepffer, who covered the Golden era of classical music in Germany from 1960s through to the 1980s
- our brilliant working photographers who cover the whole music and culture scene from classical to rock and keeping up with the theatrical greats across the world -
- our unusual private collections, including specialist archives of rare maps and a social and political history archive of the early twentieth century.
We look forward to seeing you there!