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Jones had previously been a speech writer for Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser and in 1978 ran unsuccessfully as a Liberal by-election candidate in the state seat of Earlwood in Sydney's south, famously wearing Greek costume in a doomed bid to enter politics. … [Read more...] about Alan Jones ends his last ever radio show with an emotional sign-off – as stars of sport, screen and politics send in farewell messages
All these works, as well as the violin sonata known as the Kreutzer Op 47, the song cycle An die Ferne Geliebte (the first example of the song cycle form) and the three “Rasumovsky” string quartets Op 59 (named after the Russian ambassador in Vienna who commissioned them), are some of the greatest products of what’s regarded as Beethoven’s middle period. His only opera, Fidelio, also dates to those years. Conceived as a Singspiel, in which spoken dialogue alternates with musical numbers, Fidelio took eight years to reach the form in which it’s usually heard today. Opera is perhaps the only major musical genre whose development was hardly affected by Beethoven’s genius, even if Fidelio’s subject matter, especially the paean to liberty with which it closes, embraced themes that were always close to his heart. … [Read more...] about Beethoven: where to start with his music
And finally don’t miss Walter Sutcliffe’s 2018 Grange festival production of Agrippina, Handel’s great 1709 satire on sleaze, spin and the lies politicians tell. Anna Bonitatibus is terrific in the title role, with Raffaele Pé as Nero, and Christopher Ainslie as the put-upon, noble Ottone. It’s as good online as it was in the theatre. … [Read more...] about House music: classical critics’ watching and listening picks
"The album was a great landmark in rock'n'roll history, and it'll be amazing to play it like this," said Hawkwind's most recent addition, Niall Hone on guitars and bass, who lives three minutes up the road in Seaton, organising vantage points in the audience for his 11-year-old daughter and nine-year-old son. This was the plan, the focus and kernel of the festival: to perform, on Saturday and Sunday nights, the album in its entirety - by way of launching a tour beginning on Tuesday, and a new commemorative edition of the record, out in May. Quite a way to mark a weekend whose theme is intended to be resurrection, or at least resurgence. … [Read more...] about Hawkwind plus Easter equals … Hawkeaster!