Steaming off the stage last week was Così, the most problematic of the trio. To modern audiences it seems a thoroughly questionable piece of chauvinism; for a bet, two sisters, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, are manipulated into affairs to prove to their disguised fiances Ferrando and Guglielmo that – as the title has it – all women behave thus. Except, as this revival of Jonathan Miller's thoroughly modern production amply illustrates, it's never that simple. All the lovers discover that their carefully created ideas of themselves quickly crumble under the weight of thrilling temptation, and each emerges from the hurly-burly of the chaise longue chastened and changed. … [Read more...] about Così fan tutte; Dream Hunter; Commotio; Stephen Hough, LPO/Alsop – review
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To do what one did best, to cultivate one's patch, that was the thing. Reaching a large public was never a priority for the Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti, who has died aged 83. In that regard, Cézanne was his ideal, he said, who cared little whether his pictures were exhibited or not. But before it can live music has to be performed, and it mattered a great deal to Ligeti that his works should be understood. That stimulated him to be a compelling apologist, articulate and amusing about what was to be heard, referring to himself (often in the third person) with a total lack of dogma, as if the composition was a phenomenon he was examining. With his words and his charm, he encouraged audiences to find a way in. … [Read more...] about Gyorgy Ligeti
Throughout this period, his love of speed and movement remained. He photographed the early French pioneers of flight, Gabriel Voisin and Louis Blériot, as they risked life and limb in an aerodrome near Paris. At the 1912 Grand Prix in Dieppe, he made one of his most famous early photographs, freeze-framing the rear of a Delage racing car as it sped past him at close range. The driver clutches the wheel as observers on the other side of the track appear as leaning shadows, their blurred outlines evincing the sense of motion that Lartigue set out to capture. In retrospect, all those childhood days snapping Zissou on his go-karts and his cousins leaping through the air seem to lead to this defining moment. … [Read more...] about Jacques Henri Lartigue: portrait of the photographer as a young man
And an app called Houso (houso.co.uk) carries listings of properties from Aberdeen to Torquay, mostly with descriptions, photos and videos created directly by sellers, which have been viewed by more than 9,000 people in recent weeks. … [Read more...] about Would you buy a home from a virtual viewings? Estate agents turn to online tours in the hope of staying in business
Before announcing the store closures, shops were typically open 9am until 6pm Monday to Saturday, and 11am until 5pm on Sundays. … [Read more...] about Where can I buy paint from during the coronavirus lockdown?