With The Boss, You Can Always Tell!

There’s nothing quite like a great classic to put a smile on your face. And there is certainly nothing like watching great performers doing what they do best. Add the two together?  Magic. Here’s a fantastic example.  It is a couple of years old, so you may have seen it.  But it came up on […]

Ah, those Moscow Nights!

I recently heard Stephen Hough playing his own arrangement of composer Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi’s song Moscow Nights on the radio.  He had used it as an encore piece in this year’s BBC Proms. Here is a version of it – just listen to those gorgeous chords and sweeping lines: Of course, he is not the only […]

Rhapsodic Piano Playing

I last wrote about the rock band Queen over three years ago, back in the heady days when I was in the ‘Q’ part of my musically alphabetical journey through the tracks on my iPhone. I am a bit stuck in the ‘T’s at the moment, and have various ideas about how to get unstuck.  But […]

Picturing Music

One of the joys and challenges of this blog is to find ways to convey in words what a piece of music is like.  I usually try to paint ‘word-pictures’ and hope that this is successful in at least some small way. How delighted I was to stumble across this post by Creative Review, which highlights an […]

Jazzy Bach

I wrote last year about classical music that had undergone something of a transformation in various ways.  In that post, I referenced Jacques Loussier’s arrangement of J S Bach’s Air on a G String. I was reminded of this recently when I heard a jazzed-up version of some more of Bach’s work.  The piece played on […]

Boléro (again…!)

One further foray into the world of re-interpretations today. You may recall my recent post about Maurice Ravel’s Boléro.  Here is the magificent Pink Martini with their rendition. It is great to see and hear it again.  Hub and I first had experience of this wonderful piece at our first Pink Martini concert in London […]

Variations on a theme

Continuing with what has accidentally become a bit of a theme across recent posts, here is yet more evidence of the brilliance of musicians in their reinterpretations of beloved works. British readers will be very familiar with the radio programme The Archers – the world’s longest running radio ‘soap opera’ production.  Equally well know is […]