Archive for August 2010

The Brodsky Quartet

August 23, 2010

Received this plug for the Brodsky Quartet’s new CD, which I am more than happy to pass on:

The Brodsky Quartet, renowned for its eclectic programming and its pioneering work with diverse artists such as Elvis Costello and Björk, will release a new recording at the end of this month.

A review from Gramophone Magazine once stated that “The Brodsky Quartet’s musical explorations know no limits” and this is illustrated in its forthcoming recording Rhythm and Texture to be released on 31st August. This disc’s repertoire is based around five composers who have consistently ignored musical barriers in favour of freedom of expression, whatever the style. For your information I have pasted the repertoire at the end of this email.

Since its formation in 1972 the Brodsky Quartet has performed over 2000 concerts on the major stages of the world and released more than 50 recordings. A natural curiosity and insatiable desire to explore has propelled the group in many artistic directions and continues to ensure them not only a place at the very forefront of the international chamber music scene but also a rich and varied musical existence. Their energy and craftsmanship have attracted numerous awards and accolades worldwide, while ongoing educational work provides a vehicle for passing on experience and staying in touch with the next generation. 

The Brodsky Quartet has recently been touring Australia with the repertoire on its forthcoming album. Besides its members just performed in Dartington with John Metcalfe and Natalie Clein yesterday and they will be playing the same pieces in Amsterdam tomorrow. 

The Brodsky Quartet also has a blog – http://brodskyquartet.blogspot.com/  

 Rhythm and Texture (2010):

 Javier Alvarez          Metro Chabacano

 George Gershwin      Lullaby

 Mario Lavista           Reflejos de la Noche

 Osvaldo Golijov        Tenebrae

 Maurice Ravel          String Quartet in F (1902)

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Douce France

August 17, 2010

Just back from amazing 3-week holiday in France — mellow, tanned and broke!  Wonderful weather almost all of the time, fabulous scenery, sights and cities, great food (including our own picnics) and wine — even the cheapest at 2 euros for 1.5 litres…

Special thanks to Janie and Mark for the invitation to make music in Le Croisic (in Brittany);  to the prorietors of our magical Chambre d’hote in the tiny village of Aumagne which just about saved our lives and gave us a magical and unexpected weekend;  to John and Ann for generously allowing us to be the first guinea-pigs in their gite in Moux in the Corbieres, and for the wonderful lunch (and new loo seat!);  and to Diggory and Russell for once again allowing us to share their idyllic retreat (with pool) in the Provencal vineyards above Entrechaux.

And to Diana for being there and sharing it all, and for doing most of the 2800 miles of driving!  Love you xxx

And to France for being so big and varied, and true to itself, and unspoiled, and… French.

Nul points to Michelin Green Guides for changing their format so you can’t find anything any more, and for being so badly proofread — which they never used to be.

But hurrah for the Michelin Road Atlas for telling you everything you need to know, especially where the scenic routes are.

We have another 500 photos or so, one of these days…