I am listening to a live performance on WCRB, Boston’s Classical music radio station. Andris Nelsons is conducting, in his public premier as Musical Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. But there is a sad counterpoint to the excitement of Nelsons taking over the baton in Boston, because I have just learned of the death of Christopher Hogwood.
Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014)
I saw Hogwood quite a few times when he was conductor of the Handel and Haydn Society. Hearing Mozart and Beethoven as they were heard by Mozart and Beethoven (well, only up to a point with Ludwig), played by right-sized ensembles on original period instruments, was always a delight under Hogwood’s direction. He was only 73 and his passing is a very sad and significant loss.
It’s been twenty years since Robert Crumb relocated to France, and he’s still there. The introverted yet irrepressible cartoonist/record collector/musician, who is equally profound and profane, is featured on this week’s edition of the syndicated radio program American Routes.
Lia Pamina says of her music video for “How Come I”, “The Spanish version ["Cómo Es"] is very cool too.” And so it is!
Our very own Miss Pamina, a friend of the blog for most of its eight years, is now a recording artist for Elefant Records, and here’s her first official video. GO LIA!
These are Scotsmen…
… and these are Englishmen.
Perhaps Miller was attempting to introduce North Korea to Sixties British Beat culture.