The BBC Philharmonic and Nero present A Dubstep Symphon
Vanessa Mae Nicholson is one of Britain’s most successful
young musicians. A classical violinist
and former child prodigy
who self-describes her crossover style as "violin techno-acoustic fusion
," her fans praise her modern creativity and frenetic
. But is her talent learned or genetic? Documentary from BBC1 in 2008: Vanessa Mae - The Making of Me
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Explore a thousand years of classical music
in 30 fifteen-minute programmes on BBC Radio 4.
'A novel contained in a single sigh'
On Sept. 15, 1945, Anton Webern
stepped out to smoke a cigar. An American soldier, seeing the glow of the cigar, panicked and shot
Webern three times. Webern, along with Arnold Schoenberg
and Alban Berg
, is credited with -- or blamed
for -- ushering in an era of composition emphasizing strict, mathematical order over all elements of music, a reaction against the suicidal excess
of Romanticism. On the anniversary of his death, BBC Radio 3 hosts Webern Day
, during which Webern's complete works will be broadcast. The total time to perform his 31 works is about three hours. (Links grabbed mostly from ArtsJournal
As a follow up to this earlier thread
, the BBC has just posted the final installment of their Beethoven Experience
, free mp3s
of Beethoven's symphonies 6 through 9. Get them while you can, they're only up for a week (Number 6 goes down on Monday).
"This, as never before, is Beethoven for free - a gift to the world, just as he might have wished."
From Sunday, the BBC will broadcast Beethoven's entire musical output
over a six-day period, with all nine symphonies offered as free (and DRM-free) MP3 downloads. By doing so, critic Norman Lebrecht argues that the BBC Philharmonic's cycle may become 'the household version to computer-literate millions in China, India or Korea who have never heard of Karajan or Klemperer.' What that might mean for the struggling classical recording industry
is anyone's guess.