Something for the weekend!
The CD covers that seemed like a good idea at the time:
Hot off the press: surely they should have saved this for a CD of Ludwig van Beethoven? Or a spot of Ralph VW? Even a recital by Anja Kampe. But Handel?
A good week for… Igor Stravinsky
... who became the face of Google on Wednesday. The internet search engine celebrated the Russian composer’s birthday (17 June) with a logo based on The Firebird and The Rite of Spring.
‘I find Stravinsky’s compositions undeniably fresh and full of life,’ says Google 'doodle' designer Ryan Germick. ‘We, on the doodle team, always try to push ourselves … during a brainstorming session Stravinsky popped into my head as a great composer to feature.'
What they've said…
'I was asked to be naked for The Fairy Queen; they wanted me to wear a fig leaf but I don't want to say yes to everything'
Soprano Lucy Crowe, who bared all for English National Opera, rules out a repeat at Glyndebourne
On air and screen
Don’t miss the chance to hear a portrait of Vaughan Williams in the Sunday Feature (21 June). Presenter Stephen Johnson embarks on a journey across England to visit the places where the ever-popular composer lived and worked, and to talk to the people who knew him, including his assistant Roy Douglas, his student Arthur Butterworth and his friend Simona Packenham. Produced last year to celebrate Vaughan Williams’s 50th anniversary, make sure to tune in to this repeat broadcast.
In good hands…
'The more I studied Beethoven, the more I found his style is necessarily frank, open and human,' says Murray Perahia, here playing Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto. 'I have become completely won over by him.'
Read what else the world-renowned pianist has to say on returning to Beethoven's music in this month's issue of BBC Music Magazine.