Mar 30

Charles Dickens can be found at this address

Congratulations to veteran Lebrecht photographer, Graham Salter, who has set up a new website called www.CharlesDickensPhotos.com.  He has spent the last year travelling the length and breadth of the UK photographing places connected to Charles Dickens’ works and life for the 200th birth anniversary year.  In order to do this properly, Graham has carried out extensive research on all the novels written by Dickens and has photographed such sites as the remaining parts of Marshalsea Prison, the cemetery where Smike, companion to Nicholas Nickleby, is buried and much more. The Author Pictures at Lebrecht website, complements his photographs with hundreds of illustrations of Dickens, his friends and family and, of course, the famous characters in his books.

Ellen (Nelly) Ternan, the love of novelist Charles Dickens from 1857 onwards, lived here in Southsea.

Mar 26

Obituary images of Antonio Tabucchi, Italian writer, 23 September 1943 – 25 March 2012

Mar 20

Esa-Pekka Salonen will carry the Olympic torch

Esa-Pekka Salonen,the Finnish conductor, will carry the Olympic torch on its penultimate day into London.  He told the folks back home in the ‘Helsingin Sanomat’ that his triumph is a tribute to careful diet: ”A nice beer and years of ryystäminen and b-class food sausage eating will eventually be rewarded,” he says (something may have got lost here in Google translation). See full article here

 

Photo by Chris Christodoulou

Mar 15

Trifonov debut at Wigmore Hall, London, 14 March 2012

Daniil Trifonov, the 21 year old Russian pianist and  winner of  the 2011 International Tchaikovsky and Artur Rubinstein competitions, performed at the Wigmore Hall in London last night.  Looking like the young Liszt and clearly enjoying what he was doing, he performed a spectacular Chopin 12 Études Opus 10.  It was as if his fingers were  transformed into molten liquid as they danced and spun along the keyboard of his Fazoli piano.  The audience went wild and Trifanov responded with some amazing encores.  Don’t miss an opportunity to see this outstanding and brilliant young musician perform.

Daniil Trifonov performing at gala concert for winners of the 14th P.I. Tchaikovsky International Competition in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Russia. 1 July 2011

Mar 15

Encylopaedia Britannica – digital copies only

As suppliers of images to the Encylopaedia Britannica, we were interested to hear that they will no longer be printing editions of its 32 volume set but will instead only supply the encyclopedia digitally.  Jorge Cauz, president of Encyclopedia Britannica Inc, told The Times newspaper, that the remaining 4,000 paper editions would last another 6 months.
‘The end of the print set is something we’ve foreseen for some time’.  Long gone are the days when explorer Ernest Shackleton took a volume on his doomed expedition to Antarctica and is said to have burnt it page by page to keep warm!

A history of the Encyclopedia - Denis Diderot, French Enlightenment writer and editor of the French-language Encyclopédie, with other encyclopedists

Mar 15

Stockhausen opera to blast off the London Olympics

It has been announced that Graham Vick’s Birmingham company will give the UK premiere of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch as part of the London Olympics.  Our collection contains powerful portraits of Stockhausen, as well as scores and photographs showing productions of his works. Search online at www.lebrecht.co.uk for more pictures.

Karlheinz Stockhausen as young man

 

And for more on the story and to hear the opera, click here.

Mar 13

Sir Arnold Wesker at 80 Season announced

The King’s Head Theatre in Islington has announced a season of premieres in honour of playwright Sir Arnold Wesker’s 80th birthday which falls on 24th May.

The Wesker at 80 season will feature the London premiere of Denial, his 1997 play about false memory syndrome; the first London revival of his rarely staged opera Caritas, commissioned by Opera North for the Huddersfield Opera Festival in 1991; and the world premiere of The Wesker Trilogy: Revisited, a stage adaptation of an un-produced film script based on his trilogy of plays – Chicken Soup With Barley, Roots & I’m Talking About Jerusalem – adapted for the stage by Rachel Grunwald and King’s Head Theatre artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher.
Wesker said: “It is gratifying when anybody wants to do something of one’s work and I’m flattered that productions of little known works will be staged in London to mark my 80th birthday.”

The season starts on 15th May 2012.

Photograph by Horst Tappe