Apr 20

Violinist Nona Liddell has died aged 89

Nona Liddell - portrait of violinist, soloist.© Graham Salter


Violinist Nona Liddell has died aged 89 on 18 April.

Nona Liddell was the leader of the English Quartet (1957-1973), among many other groups, and led the London Sinfonietta (1970-1994), with which she often appeared as a soloist. She also taught for many years at the Royal Academy of Music and later at Trinity College of Music, before retiring in 2006.

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Apr 07

Leading figures in psychoanalysis and psychiatry at Lebrecht

PsychoanalystsClockwise from left: RD Laing © John Haynes. Viktor Frankl lecturing in the United States, 1967 © Imagno. Sigmund and Anna Freud, South Tyrol, 1913 © Imagno


From the founding father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, to the late neurologist Oliver Sacks, Lebrecht’s collections offer wide ranging coverage of leading figures in psychiatry and the brain sciences.

The collection includes images documenting the history of the International Psychoanalytical Congress, founded by Alfred Ernest Jones, Carl Jung and Freud in the early 20th century. First edition title pages cover seminal works by Freud and others, as well as popular texts on the interpretation of dreams.

Materials from the Viktor Frankl Institute and the Sigmund Freud Foundation offer personal photographs of family life, as well images of famous patients such as Princess Marie Bonaparte. Portraits of groundbreaking figures include Freud, Jung, Frankl and Jones, RD Laing, Sandor Ferenczi, Jacques Lacan and Melanie Klein, to name but a few.

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Apr 04

Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko has died

Yevgeny Yevtushenko - atYevgeny Yevtushenko at his desk © Sputnik


Yevtushenko gained notoriety in the former Soviet Union while in his twenties, with poetry denouncing Joseph Stalin. He gained international acclaim as a young revolutionary with Babi Yar, his 1961 poem that told of the slaughter of 33,771 Jews by the Nazis and also denounced the antisemitism that had spread throughout the Soviet Union.

Yevtushenko said he wrote the poem after visiting the site of the mass killings in Kiev, Ukraine, and searching for something memorializing what happened there – a sign, a tombstone, some kind of historical marker – but finding nothing. He wrote in his poem:

‘There are no monuments over Babi Yar.
But the sheer cliff is like a rough tombstone.
It horrifies me.’

Dmitri Shostakovich composed his Thirteenth Symphony on lines from the poem Babi Yar and other Yevtushenko poems.

He has died aged 84 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Yevtushenko, Yevgeny, standing 1967At a poetry reading, 1967 © Fred Stein


320492_ copyAt Venice Lido, Venice Film Festival 1984 © Marcello Mencarini


Shostakovich and Yevtushenko

Dmitry Shostakovich and Yevgeny Yevtushenko at a gala concert, The Great Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory, 1964 © Sputnik


Mar 31

April Anniversaries in History and Literature

April 2017Clockwise from left: ‘Enlist. On which side of the window are you?’ American First World War recruitment poster, illustration by Laura Brey, 1917 © De Agostini. Bella Akhmadulina in April 1967 © Sputnik. Henry Ford driving his Quadricycle, 1896 © rue des archives


April has a wide range of historical and literary anniversaries coming up. Look out for centenaries for L.L. Zamenhof, creator of Esperanto, and the entry of the United States into the First World War.

1 April – 70th death anniversary of King George II of Greece

5 April – 300th death anniversary of Jean Jouvenet, French Baroque artist

6 April – 25th death anniversary of science fiction writer Isaac Asimov

6 April – 100th anniversary of America declaring war on Germany in the First World War

7 April – 70th death anniversary of Henry Ford, American industrialist, founder of the Ford Motor Company

9 April – 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, First World War

10 April – 80th birth anniversary of Russian poet Bella Akhmadulina

14 April – 100th death anniversary of L.L. Zamenhof, creator of Esperanto

16 April – 150th birth anniversary of Wilbur Wright, inventor and aviation pioneer with his brother Orville Wright

16 April – 95th birth anniversary of English novelist Kingsley Amis

18 April – 200th birth anniversary of George Henry Lewes, philosopher and author known for his relationship with George Eliot


Mar 29

Rare photographs of historic China: Fortune Collection now at Lebrecht

Fortune2Clockwise from left: Tibetan Chinese girls in traditional clothing, early 20th century. Deaf community communicating in sign language c. 1880. Porcelain workshop, 20th century.


Lebrecht is delighted to have taken on representation of the Fortune collection, a fascinating series of photographs of historic China and colonial Hong Kong. The collection documents social history from the late 19th century onwards, and includes rarely photographed scenes, such as the funeral procession of a Chinese warlord in 1938, or a 1937 drugs rehabilitation clinic.

Covering both Chinese and expat colonial communities accross a wide range of subjects, the collection gives a fascinating insight into Chinese history, from domestic scenes of everyday life, to artisans at work, to military history and significant historical events such as the Battle of Shanghai and the Tientsin incident.

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Mar 28

Music Anniverseries in April

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Clockwise from left: Germaine Tailleferre © Neale Osborne. Olivier Messiaen © John Minnion. Johannes Brahms composing in the shadow of Beethoven © Phil Disley


Next month’s musical anniversaries include composers and artists accross classical, rock, jazz and musicals. Look out for centenaries for jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald, ragtime composer Scott Joplin, and Hollywood actress and singer Celeste Holm.

1 April – 100th death anniversary of ragtime composer Scott Joplin

3 April – 120th death anniversary of composer Johannes Brahms

4 April – 70th birthday of Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino

19 April – 125th birth anniversary of Germaine Tailleferre, French composer and only female member of Les Six

21 April – 70th birthday of rock musician Iggy Pop

25 April – 100th birth anniversary of American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald

27 April – 25th death anniversary of Olivier Messiaen, French composer, organist and ornithologist

29 April – 100th birth anniversary of Celeste Holm, actress and singer who played Ado Annie in the original 1943 production of Oklahoma!


Mar 27

Award winning playwright and novelist David Storey has died today

David StoreyAt his home in Hampstead, 1972 © John Haynes


His first novel This Sporting Life was based on his experiences as a professional rugby league player.

Lebrecht holds portraits of Storey as well as production photographs, including In Celebration, Home, The Farm and Early Days, at the Royal Court Theatre, The National Theatre and the Duke of York’s Theatre in London.

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This Sporting Life -  film posterPoster for the 1963 film of This Sporting Life, directed by Lindsay Anderson


Mar 24

Rise and fall of the Romanovs

Romanovy2Clockwise from left: Michael I (1596 – 1645), first Romanov Tsar, portrait by Johann-Heinrich Wedekind. Peter the Great at the Battle of Poltava, painting by Johann Gottfried Tannauer c. 1710. Grand Dukes Alexander Alexandrovich and Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia with cousins, late 19th century. Grigory Rasputin. Images © culture-images


In this centenary year of the Russian Revolution, Lebrecht is taking a closer look at the 300 year dynasty that came to an end with the rise of the Bolsheviks. The House of Romanov rose to prominence with the last of the Rurikid princes, and transformed the tsardom of Russia into an expansive Empire covering a sixth of the world’s surface.

The Romanovs’ extraordinary history is filled with eccentric characters, power struggles, intrigue and murder. In the words of Simon Sebag Montefiore, it is the story of “twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition… a secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, and peopled by a cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets.”

Lebrecht’s collections offer comprehensive coverage of this period of Russia’s history, from imperial palaces to battle scenes, to portraits of the tsars, their families, their lovers and their enemies.

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Mar 22

Iconic Lebrecht photographer Don Hunstein has died

HunsteinClockwise from left: Leonard Bernstein, February 1970. Bob Dylan with Suze Rotolo, 1963, album cover for The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. Thelonious Monk.


We are so sad to announce the death of Don Hunstein after a long illness. Lebrecht represented him for many years, and we were always impressed by his humility and gentle approach. Don Hunstein’s iconic photographs have become symbols of an era. In the history of music photography, Don’s work during his 30 years at Columbia records was unsurpassed in its scope and breadth. Through his subtle humour and quiet nature, he was able to record many great moments in rock, jazz and classical music history – the young Bob Dylan starting out on his meteoric career and the famous cover for The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Miles Davis recording Kind of Blue, Johnny Cash performing and at home on his ranch, Willie Nelson, Thelonious Monk at the piano, Billy Joel, Simon and Garfunkel in 1966, Billie Holiday recording in the studio in 1957, Johnny Mathis in 1960, Muhammad Ali recording his I am the Greatest album, to name a few. On the classical side his subjects included Glenn Gould at the piano, Rudolf Serkin, André Previn, Midori, Pablo Casals, Isaac Stern, Leonard Bernstein, the young Yo-Yo Ma, Yehudi Menuhin, Lotte Lenya in the 1950s, Aaron Copland, Philip Glass, Bruno Walter conducting, and Dmitri Shostakovich. His photographs documented a rare era when musicians spent time on their art, rather than their publicity.

On one of Don’s visits to England, he agreed to be interviewed by Norman Lebrecht at our annual summer party. It was a beautiful summer’s evening and we still remember Don’s soft voice describing the performers and musicians he had worked with and how he approached his craft. It is still a very good memory for all of us who were there.

Don Hunstein grew up in St. Louis, MO and attended Washington University, graduating in 1950 with a degree in English. After college he enlisted in the US Air Force and was stationed in Fairford, England, and assigned a desk job. It was this assignment that allowed him to travel around Europe. He began photographing casually, taking pictures to send home to his family, and then with the help of a Leica M3, and inspired by a book of Henri Cartier Bresson’s work, his hobby began to take him on a lifelong path. After a year in Fairford, Don was transferred to a base outside of London. There he joined a local camera club and took evening classes at London’s Central School of Art and Design, becoming influenced by the artists and designers he met there.

He returned to the States in 1954, ending up in New York City, where he eventually landed an apprenticeship in a commercial photography studio. There he honed his photography skills by mastering large format cameras and lighting. At the time, photography was, as Don put it, “not a glamorous profession,” but he didn’t have a pull in any other vocational direction and it satisfied his creative side. As chance connections were made, he soon met and became mentored by Deborah Ishlon, who worked in the publicity department at Columbia Records. She offered him a job helping her run the photo library there and supplying prints to the press. As he began to take his own photos for the company, they recognized his talent, and he gradually worked his way into the position of Director of Photography for CBS Records.

Don’s most notable role was as chief staff photographer for Columbia Records during the heyday of rock and roll, jazz and classical music. Fortunately for Don, this was a time when the company was under the direction of Goddard Lieberson, who thought it important to document in photographs the cultural history of the music of their time. He had the opportunity to do far more than album covers and publicity shots, covering recording sessions and even visiting performers on their home turf. Don had the ability to listen with his camera. Instinctively he understood that to capture artists at their best moments, patience, trust and humility were needed. This ability to set both newcomers and experienced stars at ease in his presence is evident in his photographs.

We send our condolences to his family.

1928 – 18 March 2017

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