Video PUBLISHED: 09:51 08 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:51 08 June 2018 Simon Parkin Mahan Esfahani will perform at Raynham Hall in Norfolk. Photo: Bernhard Musil/Deutsche Grammophon Archant Internationally acclaimed musician Mahan Esfahani is on a mission to revive the harpsichord as a modern instrument. As he prepares to return to Raynham Hall to play The Goldberg Variations, he tells Simon Parkin more. Mahan Esfahani will perform at Raynham Hall in Norfolk. Photo: Bernhard Musil/Deutsche Grammophon “People shouldn’t come expecting to hear some sort of historical document,” says internationally renowned harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani of his growing reputation for reviving a feature best known in Renaissance and Baroque music as a modern instrument. “I think it is more of a case of when people go to hear a harpsichord they should expect to hear something as subjective and artistic as when they hear the piano, or the violin or the cello. For too long with … [Read more...] about ‘Harpsichord is not just an echo of the past’: Mahan Esfahani heads to Norfolk
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The government hopes to rake in up to €20 million with this initiative and will set up a fund for the buildings which are in most need of repair. These are the 18 monuments at the top of the list. Ancien Hôtel-Dieu, Château-Thierry (Aisne) This hospice northeast of Paris was built in 1304 and was run by nuns until the 1960s. The government wants to turn the building into a museum of hospital history which will cost an estimated 7.5 million euros. READ ALSO: Ancien Hôtel-Dieu Photo: Johann "nojhan" Dréo/Wikicommons Château de Carneville, Carneville (Manche) This listed 18th century château on the coast on the northwestern tip of France with elaborate facades and elegant French gardens has been privately owned since 2012. Château de Carneville Photo: Xfigpower_Wikicommons Théâtre des Bleus de Bar, Bar-le-Duc (Meuse) Bringing … [Read more...] about The 18 endangered French monuments to be saved by new lottery
The Vatican's Sistine Chapel, an artistic Renaissance jewel, opened up to the digital age on Sunday with the first live concert streamed over the internet from the famous sacred space. It was a performance of Scottish composer James MacMillan's acclaimed version of the "Stabat Mater." A British choir group The Sixteen and chamber orchestra ensemble Britten Sinfonia took to the stage against the backdrop of Michelangelo's masterpiece of The Last Judgement, while lovers of classical music from around the world tuned in to watch on the web. The "Stabat Mater" is a 13th century poem most likely written by Franciscan friar Jacopone da Todi (1230–1306), but sometimes ascribed to Pope Innocent III, which portrays the Virgin Mary's suffering during Jesus Christ's death by crucifixion. MacMillan, 58, who has composed many pieces of sacred music, was commissioned by the Genesis Foundation, which has been working since 2001 to support young artistic talent and develop the link between art … [Read more...] about Vatican’s Sistine Chapel hosts first live online concert
A special reading of Still I Rise has been chosen to mark what would have been the 90th birthday of writer and civil rights campaigner Maya Angelou. The poem celebrating the determined, unbeatable spirit of black people is doubly significant as 4 April also marks the anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King. Taken from Angelou’s 1978 collection And Still I Rise, the poem was Angelou’s favourite, frequently featuring in her public readings with its powerful message of hope and defiance. The people chosen to read sections of the poem include her son Guy Johnson, friend Oprah Winfrey and others who embody her campaigning spirit. Here is the who’s who of Google’s doodle video... Dr Maya Angelou Maya Angelou was a writer, poet, composer and civil rights activist who became a powerful voice on race and gender. Her memoir, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," was published in 1969, and she went on to write a further six autobiographies as well as many books … [Read more...] about Stories behind readers of Maya Angelou’s inspiring poem Still I Rise on Google
SHERIDAN BIRD completes Sportsmail's week celebrating Italian football in the 1990s with his countdown of the top 20 players of the era, in the build-up to BT Sport's new documentary on the glory days of Serie A. 20 - Rui Costa The down-to-earth Portuguese arrived in Serie A from Benfica in 1994, and became the languid lynchpin of the Fiorentina attack. He could dribble, was resistant, had a strong shot and specialised in teeing up Gabriel Batistuta. Not a demonstrative or egotistical No 10, Rui Costa would slice defences open if he wasn't monitored properly. A thoroughly decent man off the pitch, he won the 1996 Coppa Italia and Supercup (the equivalent of the Community Shield) with Fiorentina. When the Viola finished third in 1999 he scored 14 goals in all competitions, an exceptional contribution for a creative midfielder. Rui Costa was a graceful, stylish playmaker who enjoyed his best years at Fiorentina RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next The … [Read more...] about Serie A’s 20 greatest players of the 90s… so who is No 1?