Michael Billington attacks the musical, which is defended by conductor Leonard Slatkin
If you knew that Brahms wrote symphonies between visits to the brothel, would you listen with a different ear? Writer Michael Bywater and film-maker Tony Palmer discuss whether understanding the context in which composers write music helps or hinders an appreciation of the music itself.
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David Mellor, broadcaster and keen collector of recordings since his childhood, faces Serge Dorny, chief executive and artistic director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Professor John Deathridge says that organs have lost their appeal. Organ virtuoso Dame Gillian Weir leaps to the defence of what she still regards as the king of instruments.
|05||Jazz Is Dead?||19991107|
According to David Meeker, author of `Jazz in the Movies', jazz died in 1962. Jazz critic John Fordham thinks that if jazz is dead, then it is the liveliest corpse he has ever come across.