Something for the weekend!

The quotes, clips and links we like…


What they've said…

'Why can women have all these fantastic dresses but we have to wear the same penguin outfit?'
Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet on the tricky business of on-stage attire for men


On this day…

... in 1926 the composer György Kurtág was born in Romania, to Hungarian parents; he later moved to Budapest. One of the only composers to live out the communist regime in Hungary and enjoy international fame, Kurtág's music is concentrated, concise and powerful. 'I consider all my works to be like autobiographies,' he told The Boston Globe in 2007. 'They are in different masks, but always confessing my life.' 


Questionable CD covers:









In our postbag: there's something fishy going on here...


On air:

Stephen Johnson provides a guide to Beethoven's legendary Eroica Symphony in this week's Discovering Music. Heroism is the theme Johnson explores – inspired by the well-known tale of the symphony's dedication. Beethoven scratched out his original dedication to Napoleon after his former hero named himself Emperor in 1804. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales performs Beethoven's masterpiece, conducted by Christopher Mangou.


And finally…

In the week EMI announces the sale of Abbey Road Studios, here's a clip of Elgar conducting Land of Hope and Glory at its opening in 1931


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