Tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of the death of Umm Kulthoum (Oumm Kalthoum), the most powerful and popular singer in the Arab world and a significant icon on posters in Tahrir Square during Cairo’s Arab Spring.
There will be a number of broadcasts and meetings to mark the date, but we hear that a commemorative concert has been cancelled due to recent anti-government unrest, known as ‘the situation’.
Russian pianist Sviastoslav Richter discussing his forthcoming performance of Mozart’s piano concerto in B flat major at the June 1965 Aldeburgh Festival with its conductor, Benjamin Britten. Their location is Blythburgh church, Suffolk. Photographer: Brian Seed.
Legendary British musician, actor and producer David Bowie celebrated his 66th birthday this morning by releasing a brand new track “Were Are We Now?” and revealed plans to have a full album out on March 11th entitled “The Next Day”.
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American trio Haim top the BBC Sound of 2013 list.
The folk-rock band whom recently supported Florence And The Machine at the O2 Arena in London has been announced this morning to take the highest spot on the famous BBC Sound of… poll which in the past has spotted number 1 artists like Adele, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Keane, 50 Cent, etc before they became superstars.
We have some exclusive images of Haim performing at the London Calling Festival in Amsterdam in November last year.
Ravi Shankar, Indian sitar player who performed with Yehudi Menuhin and taught Beatle George Harrison how to play this instrument, passed away yesterday aged 92. (born 7 April 1920 – 11 December 2012). He was described as one of the best known contemporary Indian musicians. His two daughters, Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar, are also successful musicians.
Russian soprano opera singer who was married to cellist Mstislav Rostropovich – born 25 October 1926 – died 11 December, 2012 . She was named People’s Artist of the USSR in 1966. They left the Soviet Union in 1974.
In her long career she sang many great operatic roles including Violetta, Tosca, Cio-cio-san, Leonore and Cherubino. Benjamin Britten wrote the soprano role in his War Requiem (completed 1962) specially for her.
More photographs by Nigel Luckhurst of Vishnevskaya and Rostropovich at Aldeburgh available on our website at www.lebrecht.co.uk
A short video of Charles Rosen, taken in Paris in March 2005 at the Ecole Normal Superieure by the photographer Marion Kalter (on her phone, it was all she had to hand), in which the great musical analyst gives a three-minute discourse on the making of Pierre Boulez.
He’s speaking fluent French, and you don’t need to understand that language in order to grasp the effortless authority that Charles exerted over an audience, any audience, whether as pianist, speaker or writer.