Category Archives: ENDNOTES:Music

Classical music reviews

ENDNOTES, June 2020

ENDNOTES, June 2020 John Ireland et al. at the online English Music Festival;  music for horn by Peter Seabourne and Robin Holloway, reviewed by Stuart Millson With our concert halls closed and orchestras silent, the performance of classical music has … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Matters, ENDNOTES:Music, QR Home | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

ENDNOTES, May 2020

Endnotes, May 2020 In this edition: Bruckner’s Second Symphony, by Stuart Millson Anton Bruckner (1824-96), organist, Wagnerphile and symphonist, has come to represent the pure, almost naive spirit of late-romanticism. From his earliest days in the Catholic church, to the … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Matters, Current Affairs and Comment, ENDNOTES:Music, QR Home | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

ENDNOTES, April 2020

Endnotes, April 2020 Stuart Millson, on the forgotten pleasure of browsing for records With the near demise of the record shop (our older readers may remember the much-loved Farringdon Records at Cheapside or Harold Moores in the West End), it … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Cultural Matters, ENDNOTES:Music, QR Home | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

ENDNOTES, March 2020

ENDNOTES, March 2020 Remembering Vernon Handley  by Stuart Millson A recent BBC Radio 3 performance of a recording of Bax’s symphonic poem, The Garden of Fand – and my own replaying of a landmark recording of Tippett’s Concerto for Double … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Matters, ENDNOTES:Music, QR Home | Tagged , | Leave a comment

ENDNOTES, February 2020

Endnotes, February 2020 Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D; overture to The Wreckers;  and a recital at Middle Temple Hall, reviewed by Stuart Millson Ever since the revival of Ethel Smyth’s opera The Wreckers in 1994 (a once-famous piece, championed by such … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Matters, ENDNOTES:Music, QR Home | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

ENDNOTES, January 2020

Endnotes, January 2020 In this edition; Biss plays Beethoven and the BBC Philharmonic performs British tone poems, reviewed by Stuart Millson This year marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. Already, orchestras and ensembles across the … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Matters, ENDNOTES:Music, QR Home | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

ENDNOTES, December 2019

ENDNOTES, December 2019 Danish and Faroese recorder concertos; piano music from Leipzig, performed by Eleanor Meynell, reviewed by Stuart Millson  Recorded in the Musikkens Hus, Aalborg, Denmark, with an acoustic of all-embracing warmth, yet with the tiniest detail clearly registering, … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Matters, ENDNOTES:Music, QR Home | Tagged , | Leave a comment

ENDNOTES, November 2019

Endnotes, November 2019: in this edition, Mozart at a mediaeval church in Kent – and Six Flute Sonatas by Bach, on the OUR label, reviewed by Stuart Millson Vaughan Williams once likened musical life to a great pyramid. At the … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Matters, ENDNOTES:Music, QR Home | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

ENDNOTES, October 2019

ENDNOTES, October 2019 Stuart Millson reviews Bach in Kent and a new Berlioz recording from Toronto Bach’s Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 – dating from 1741 – is a work often referred to as one of the greatest achievements in all … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Matters, ENDNOTES:Music, QR Home | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

ENDNOTES, September 2019

ENDNOTES, September 2019 Stuart Millson on the film music of Lord Berners In 1944, the directors at Ealing Studios (Basil Dearden, Alberto Cavalcanti and Michael Balcon) were working on a new production, The Halfway House– a story set mainly in … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Matters, ENDNOTES:Music, QR Home | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments