The intriguing world of Conductorcise

Something for the weekend – the quotes, clips and links we like…

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What they've said…

'Recently I came across some recordings of myself as a student aged 18 or 19 and I sounded like an insect'
Soprano and Last Night of the Proms 2010 star Renée Fleming on her early days

 

On air

Union Jacks, heckling from the audience, the sounds of Jerusalem. Yes, it's time for the Last Night of the Proms. You can watch every note on BBC One and Two, from the world premiere of Jonathan Dove's A Song of Joys to to the last cymbal clash at the end of the National Anthem. You can also hear the Prom on Radio 3.

 

On this day...

… in 1941 the English conductor, harpsichordist and musicologist Chistopher Hogwood was born in Nottingham. Known for his influential approach to historically informed performance, his name is, we once wrote in BBC Music Magazine, 'a byword for excellence of playing and quality of supporting scholarship'.

 

Questionable CD covers

On our CD shelves this week: Radek Baborák takes a relaxed approach to recording

 

And finally…

… the latest exercise fad

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