Feb 27

Celebrating Vaslav Nijinsky and March anniversary highlights

Igor Stravinsky's 'Petrushka' with
March is a great month for anniversaries and, here at Lebrecht, we are particularly excited about the 125th birth anniversary of Vaslav Nijinsky, the Russian ballet dancer and choreographer, who was famous for his work with the Ballets Russes. Our archive holds an extensive collection of photographs from early Ballets Russes performances, as well as beautiful costume designs by Leon Bakst and set designs by Pablo Picasso. Click on the pictures to view more images relating to this fascinating dance company.Plus, read on for more of our March anniversary highlights:2 March – 50th anniversary of the première of the film The Sound of Music in New York City, U.S.A.. It premièred in the U.K. on 29 March.

5 March – 200th death anniversary of Franz Mesmer, German physician who developed mesmerism, a forerunner of modern hypnotism

12 March – 125th birth anniversary of  Vaslav Nijinsky, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer famous for his work with the Ballets Russes

14 March – 100th death anniversary of Walter Crane, British artist and children’s book illustrator

16 March – 75th death anniversary of  Selma Lagerlof, Swedish novelist and, in 1909, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature

20 March – 100th birth anniversary of Soviet pianist Sviatoslav Richter

22 March – 50th anniversary of the release of Bob Dylan‘s album Bringing It All Back Home

27 March – 40th death anniversary of British conductor and composer Arthur Bliss

If you are working on any anniversary projects and need assistance,
feel free to contact our research team at pictures@lebrecht.co.uk.

France - 20th century - Paris, Ballets Russes, Seventh Season

Feb 13

Obituary Pictures from Lebrecht: Steve Strange

Steve Strange, the Welsh New romantic pop singer, was best known as the lead singer and frontman of the 1980s pop group Visage. From the late 1970s he was also a prominent nightclub host and promoter.

28 May 1959 – 12 February 2015

Steve Strange
Steve Strange (right) posing with friends showing off their punk rock fashion in 1976. British singer, born Steven John Harrington on 28 May 1959.
Photo credit : Mirrorpix/LMA

Feb 02

Vanity Fair cartoon archive online at Lebrecht

Click HERE and start exploring our new archive of Vanity Fair cartoons, now online at www.lebrecht.co.uk.

Published weekly from 1868 to 1914, the British magazine Vanity Fair satirised leading figures of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with lively portraits and humorous cartoons. Composer Franz Liszt; Founder of the Salvation Army, William Booth; unifier of Italy, Giuseppe Garibaldi; English writer, George Grossmith; and French scientist, Louis Pasteur, are some of the many individuals sketched by the Vanity Fair caricaturists, who worked under pen names such as ‘Spy’ ‘Singe’, ‘Delfico’ and ‘Lib’.

We are pleased to provide researchers with access to this fascinating pictorial record of the Victorian period.


Feb 02

Faces of Freedom: The new exhibition by Alexandra Kremer-Khomassouridze

Faces of Freedom, a brand new exhibition by Lebrecht photographer Alexandra Kremer-Khomassouridze and curated by Farah Pirieva, will take place at Asia House in London from 3-15 February 2015. It is part of London’s second annual Buta Festival, a celebration of Azerbaijani arts and culture.

Alexandra Kremer-Khomassouridze, who left Azerbaijan in 1989, was inspired to capture the images upon returning to the country’s capital, Baku, in 2011. Famous for her striking photographs of the world-famous classical musicians and their lives behind the stage, the artist in this new series explores the challenging subjects of identity, beauty and the inner faith. The moving and intimate portraits on view are the result of three years’ work and depict 50 women from Azerbaijan, Russia, Iran, France, Georgia, England and the United States, ranging from different cultural backgrounds and professions, exploring their perception of identity in relation to freedom of choice.