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2014/03/21

Rainlore's World would like to sincerely and humbly thank everybody who donated to the recent Appeal for Donations, and one particular very kind and generous person/persons. You have made it possible for Rainlore's World to continue as an independent, not for profit site, with hosting now secure until 2015!

Thank you all so very, very much!

The appeal will be relaunched as and when funds begin to run short and web hosting for 2015/16 needs to be secured.

The overdue proper site update will follow ASAP. Please bear with Rainlore's World until then. Thank you.

 

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2014/01/14

If you would like to help keep Rainlore's World going, please donate to the ongoing Appeal above. Rainlore's World is in urgent needs of funds, especially short term!

Please note - donations from artists, as well as from venues in the London/South East area, can only be accepted anonymously as otherwise conflicts of interest might arise! Rainlore's World has had to turn down several kind offers of donations of this kind already as they were either publically or privately offered. They have to be refused as otherwise the neutrality of Rainlore's World might be compromised, as e.g. an artist offering a donation might then be said to expect a favourable review in the future. Donations through PayPal are anonymous as antehc only pass on an anouncement of a donation and amount, and where relevant an unidentifiable comment.

There are some fabulous gigs coming up for review all the time, but regrettably they cannot be attended due to lack of funds for travel expenses. In fact, Rainlore's World's financial situation may sadly force the site to close down next August as there are no funds for web hosting and domain renewal, and at present the site is indeed in debt. So if you can help at all, please do. For details, see the box above. There's even a convenient PayPal button which lets you donate anonymously. The total raised so far is only £240. Also, a generous donation of a (secondhand) laptop computer was received as the previous one was terminally ill, to tide things over until the tower can be repaired. There has also been a generous pledge for February by The Devil's Kitchen Collective and Fiona Kerr - a fabulous jazz club in Bury St. Edmunds. Recently, a musician very kindly donated their entire earnings from a gig! Thank you all most kindly for your generosity.

Where the money goes :  £40 roughly covers the travel expenses for one live event (with the new fare increases for 2014 this may increase), £50 covers those plus helps Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence with his travel expenses. Approx. £210 covers web hosting for one year. App. £500 would cover computer repairs/upgrades.

Please give what you can. Rainlore's World is already having to miss out on some outstanding live events that were to be reviewed, and at the moment it is impossible to commit to any further live events at all. End of August web hosting fees were due and had to be borrowed for now.


For now, some other quick urgent news.

2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards!
Voting now open!
Jazz Services and PPL are pleased to announce that online voting is now open for the tenth Parliamentary Jazz Awards, which will take place at the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion on Tuesday 13th May. Entries are open to everyone, and forms can be completed online from the Jazz Services website at www.jazzservices.org.uk. The final deadline for entries is 12 noon on Monday 3rd February 2014.

The Parliamentary Jazz Awards is organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), and supported by music licensing company PPL in conjunction with Jazz Services, JazzUK, Jazzwise, and the Jazz Section of the Musicians’ Union.

PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTE HERE -

http://jazzservices.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c54755d2d91ce836242ea0d58&id=ce3f2d5320&e=4b2f06b269

 

The categories for the 2014 Awards have been updated to reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene. Among the revisions is the introduction of the ‘Jazz Newcomer of the Year’ award which will honour the finest fresh talent from the last twelve months, and the separation of the ‘Musician of the Year’ award into ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ and ‘Vocalist of the Year’, to allow for greater acknowledgment of the various art forms comprising jazz performance.

The nine categories for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2014 are:

Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2013 by a UK band or musicians)
Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2013)
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2013)
Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2013)
Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters)
Jazz Media Award (including broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books)
Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK)
Jazz Newcomer of the Year (UK-based artist, musician or group with a debut album released in 2013)
Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK).

PPL has been supporting the awards since 2005 and last year’s winners included: Guy Barker – Jazz Musician of the Year; Impossible Gentlemen – Jazz Ensemble of the Year; John Surman’s ‘Saltash Bells’ – Jazz Album of the Year and the late Stan Tracey OBE – Services to Jazz Award.

APPJAG has over 100 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords, across all political parties. Its aim is to encourage a wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the industry and issues surrounding it, as well as promoting jazz as a musical form, and to raise its profile both inside and outside of Parliament.

Rainlore's World will cast its vote for jazz singer extraordinaire Jan Ponsford in the Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2013) category, and I urge you to do the same, as well as the below.
Rainlore's World will also vote as follows -
Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2013 by a UK band or musicians) - 'Songs Of The Metropolis' (Gilad Atzmon & The OHE)
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2013) - Gilad Atzmon
Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2013) - Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble

The long overdue regular update will follow ASAP. Unfortunately, persistent health issues have been and are holding things up. In the coming updates there will be reviews of some most exciting CD releases, a fabulous multi-arts event, and four fabulous, exciting gigs going back all the way to last August!

For all the latest, check Facebook from time to time!

 

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2013/12/31

Rainlore's World would like to wish everybody a Happy and Prosperous New Year, and a Happy belated Holiday Season!

The long overdue regular update will follow ASAP. Unfortunately, persistent health issues have been and are holding things up. In the coming updates there will be reviews of some most exciting CD releases, a fabulous multi-arts event, and four fabulous, exciting gigs going back all the way to last August!

For all the latest, check Facebook from time to time!

If you would like to help keep Rainlore's World going, please donate to the ongoing Appeal above. Rainlore's World is in urgent needs of funds, especially short term! There are some fabulous gigs coming up for review all the time, but regrettably they cannot be attended due to lack of funds for travel expenses. In fact, Rainlore's World's financial situation may sadly force the site to close down next August as there are no funds for web hosting and domain renewal, and at present the site is indeed in debt. So if you can help at all, please do. For details, see the box above. There's even a convenient PayPal button which lets you donate anonymously. The total raised so far is only £185. Also, a generous donation of a (secondhand) laptop computer was received as the previous one was terminally ill, to tide things over until the tower can be repaired. There has also been a generous pledge for February by The Devil's Kitchen Collective and Fiona Kerr - a fabulous jazz club in Bury St. Edmunds. Thank you all most kindly for your generosity.

Where the money goes :  £40 roughly covers the travel expenses for one live event, £50 covers those plus helps Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence with his travel expenses. Approx. £210 covers web hosting for one year. App. £500 would cover computer repairs/upgrades.

Please give what you can. Rainlore's World is already having to miss out on some outstanding live events that were to be reviewed, and at the moment it is impossible to commit to any further live events at all. End of August web hosting fees were due and had to be borrowed for now.


For now, Happy 2012 and see you soon!

 

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2013/09/11

If you would like to help keep Rainlore's World going, please donate to the ongoing Appeal above. Rainlore's World is in urgent needs of funds, especially short term! For details, see the box above. There's even a convenient PayPal button which lets you donate anonymously. The total raised so far is £170. Also, a generous donation of a (secondhand) laptop computer was received as the previous one was terminally ill, to tide things over until the tower can be repaired. There has also been a generous pledge for October by The Devil's Kitchen Collective and Fiona Kerr - a fabulous jazz club in Bury St. Edmunds. Thank you all most kindly for your generosity.

Where the money goes :  £40 roughly covers the travel expenses for one live event, £50 covers those plus helps Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence with his travel expenses. Approx. £210 covers web hosting for one year. App. £500 would cover computer repairs/upgrades.

Please give what you can. Rainlore's World is already having to miss out on some outstanding live events that were to be reviewed, and at the moment it is impossible to commit to any further live events at all. End of August web hosting fees were due and had to be borrowed for now.


For now, no reviews in this section but an sensational article. The little storm in a tea cup that developed into a hurricane of sorts thanks to the BBC's decision to repress free speech - Nigel Kennedy, Prom 34 And The BBC Censorship Of Kennedy's 'Apartheid' Statement is just that. This article explores the whole sordid affair! An innocuous little remark by Kennedy at the end of his Vivaldi - The Four Seasons Prom with The Palestine Strings and members of his Orchestra of Life about Apartheid and Palestine that would otherwise have passed without much notice was drawn to everyone's attention by the BBC spinelessly caving in to one Baroness Deech's objection and censoring free speech and this remark from the television broadcast of this event. Read all about it...

Among other news, please note that the 'Other World Music' page will be renamed as plain 'World Music' page as soon as circumstances permit.

Regardless of what kind of music is your preference, you really don't want to miss the upcoming reviews of Thursday 22nd August's UK Calypso Monarch Final and Friday 23rd Augusts's Groovy Soca Monarch Final, all staged by the magnificent Association of British Calypsonians at The Tabernacle, Powis Sq., Ladbroke Grove, London W11. The ABC are really struggling against the odds and doing an amazing job! These shows were spec-tac-u-lar! Plus, more from the calypso/soca scene!

 

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2013/08/04

The Rainlore's World Appeal for Donations continues. Rainlore's World is in urgent needs of funds, especially short term! For details, see the box above. There's even a convenient PayPal button which lets you donate anonymously. £50 were raised in cash prior to the relaunch, and afterwards, a total of £100 (minus fees) via PayPal since. Also, a generous donation of a (secondhand) laptop computer was received as the previous one was terminally ill, to tide things over until the tower can be repaired. There has also been a generous pledge for October by The Devil's Kitchen Collective and Fiona Kerr - a fabulous jazz club in Bury St. Edmunds. Thank you all most kindly for your generosity.

What your money buys :  £40 roughly covers the travel expenses for one live event, £50 covers those plus helps Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence with his travel expenses. Approx. £210 covers web hosting for one year. App. £500 would cover computer repairs/upgrades.

Please give what you can. Rainlore's World is already having to miss out on some outstanding live events that were to be reviewed, and only two can be attended between now and end of August. After that, I am unable to commit at all at present. End of August is also when web hosting fees are due.


For now, another CD review only here. But what an album this is!

It's more from the London Piano Trio with their latest album, Oleg Komarnitsky - Chamber And Instrumental Music. If you haven't heard of Komarnitzky yet, it is time you did with this glorious album. You really have to discover this incredible composer, and as usual, the world-class London Piano Trio will help you do so with their usual finesse.

In other news, please note that the 'Other World Music' page will be renamed as plain 'World Music' page as soon as circumstances permit.

 

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2013/07/30

The Rainlore's World Appeal for Donations continues. Rainlore's World is in urgent needs of funds, especially short term! For details, see the box above. There's even a convenient PayPal button which lets you donate anonymously. £50 were raised in cash prior to the relaunch, and afterwards, a total of £40 (minus fees) via PayPal since. Also, a generous donation of a (secondhand) laptop computer was received as the previous one was terminally ill, to tide things over until the tower can be repaired. There has also been a generous pledge for October by The Devil's Kitchen Collective and Fiona Kerr - a fabulous jazz club in Bury St. Edmunds. Thank you all most kindly for your generosity.

Where your money goes :  £40 covers roughly the travel expenses for one live event, £50 covers those plus helps Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence with his travel expenses. Approx. £210 covers web hosting for one year. App. £500 would cover computer repairs/upgrades.

Please give what you can. Rainlore's World is already having to miss out on some outstanding live events that were to be reviewed, and only two can be attended between now and end of August. After that, I am unable to commit at all at present. End of August is also when web hosting fees are due.


For now, a monster crop of reviews! Back to strict alphabetical order.

To begin with, there's Lenka Lichtenberg's Songs For The Breathing Walls - a real stunner in its own ways! Essentially liturgical music that shouldn't leave a dry eye in the house. Almost entirely - bar one Yiddish song and the bonus track - Jewish liturgical music, including some of the most essential Hebrew prayers, arranged by the versatile and incredibly gifted Ms. Lichtenberg. These wonderful arrangements have a wonderful, subtle touch of world music about them but remain wholly authentic.

An outstanding live music event reviewed is the London Piano Trio & Friends At St. John's, Smith Sq., London SW1, Saturday 6th July 2013 (Illustrated by Rainlore's World Artist in Residence Alban Low). This included a superb world premiere of Jed Balsamo's Piano Trio No.2, the first time a classical work by a Philipino composer was premiered in London. Straight classical class of the highest order. And there will be more from the London Piano Trio next time in the form of their outstanding recording of Komarnitsky - Chamber And Instrumental Music, just released this month.

Finally, Hindustani classical music comes from Baluji Shrivastav's outstanding The Art Of The Indian Dilruba - a wonderful introduction to this not too often heard North Indian bowed instrument. A fine recording, with the quality one expects from the superb ARC Music label. The review includes details about the dilruba, and it is to be hoped, helpful details about one of the raags for those unaccustomed to its complexities.

And some accordion news from Maestro Romano Viazzani.
'Most amazingly Martynas Levickis who not long ago graduated from the Royal Academy of Music reached number one in the classical charts with his new CD Martynas by Decca!!! He is a great ambassador for the instrument and whilst his new CD is quite commercial in covering popular classics and some transcriptions of pop hits by Lady Gaga etc. I know that there is real depth to Martynas’s playing too and hope this serves to help him get a foot in the door so that we can enjoy his playing for many more years to come. I have just ordered my copy and here is a link to anyone who might wish to buy one too No 1 in the Classical Charts and can watch the trailer on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fif6yqEDQaQ
Owen Murray can be rightly proud of his students as in addition, Xian Gao from Shanghai has just graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a Masters Degree and the coveted DipRAM which is only awarded to students who achieve the very top marks. Her performance embraced concerto, chamber music and solo works. This follows a long line of former students who have been awarded a DipRAM including most recently Ksenija Sidorova, Rafal Luc, Amadej Herzog, Milos Milivojevic and Borut Zagoranski as well as our home-grown Ian Watson. Congratulations Xian. Congratulations Owen and long may your department continue to flourish even amidst these dreadful cuts and tuition fee hikes that no doubt affect all education establishments.
I have to announce that we have a new executive committee for UKAAT, the UK association of Accordion Teachers. Many of you may have read the reports about our first meeting back in January. Our future members have voted and this means that I, Romano Viazzani am President, Ian Watson is Vice-President, Julie North is Secretary and Janet Viazzani is Treasurer. We also have a committee full of eager teachers among which some of the UK’s best teachers and performers feature. Thank you to all the teachers who voted and for your faith in us. I hope we can give the accordion a helping hand so that we can produce really top class players in the UK in the future.
More about this in the Autumn.

Please note that the 'Other World Music' page will be renamed as plain 'World Music' page as soon as circumstances permit.

 

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2013/07/12

The Rainlore's World Appeal for Donations was 'silently' - apart from announcements on Facebook - relaunched a few weeks ago. Rainlore's World is in urgent needs of funds! For details, see the box above. There's even a convenient PayPal button which lets you donate anonymously. £50 were raised in cash prior to the relaunch, and afterwards, a total of £40 (minus fees) via PayPal since. Also, a generous donation of a (secondhand) laptop computer was received as the previous one was terminally ill, to tide things over until the tower can be repaired. Thank you all most kindly for your generosity.

Where your money goes :  £40 covers roughly the travel expenses for one live event, £50 covers those plus helps Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence with his travel expenses. Approx. £210 covers web hosting for one year. App. £500 would cover computer repairs/upgrades.

Please give what you can. Rainlore's World is already having to miss out on live events that were to be reviewed, and only two can be attended between now and end of August. After that, I am unable to commit at present. End of August is also when web hosting fees are due.


For now, much delayed, we have a bit of a bumper crop of reviews including one outstanding album here.

This is Cheng Yu's Chinese Masterpieces Of The Pipa & Qin, which is exactly what it says on the tin. Outstanding Chinese classical and traditional music. A must! This takes your breath away and is of special interest to connoisseurs of classical music and authentic music from around the world, but should appeal to any music lover who appreciates great music. It's on the ARC Music label, so a guarantee for quality.

In other news, please note that the 'Other World Music' page will be renamed as plain 'World Music' page as soon as circumstances permit.

 

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2013/06/04

This time, just one CD review.

But what an album! Simon Thacker's Svara-Kanti :  Rakshasa is one of those rare beasts - meaningful, successful fusion of Western classical music and Indian classical music (and more besides!). It's a real monster of an album, with all works being world premiere recordings as well. This is a no effort, no expense spared album, which should be in anyones collection! The wonderful sample track on the review page, Svaranjali, is now receiving airplay on some 200 stations, mainly in the US. This could be the first time we see a classical guitar track in the charts in several decades! Composers on Rakshasa are, in addition to the excellent Thacker himself, Nigel Osborne, Terry Riley and Shirish Korde.

Looking ahead to next month, The London Piano Trio & Friends, in association with The Inter-Cultural Society of London, will be at St John's, Smith Square, in London on 6th July 2013, 7.30pm -

'The London Piano Trio, Robert Atchison, Olga Dudnik, and David Jones are pleased to return to St John’s with renowned friends William Hawkes and Christopher Laurence. The concert features two very well known pieces by Mozart and Schubert together with the world premiere of Jed Balsamo’s work, Piano Trio No.2, commissioned for the London Piano Trio by The Inter-Cultural Society of London. This work is very innovative, accessible and pleasing to the ear, and marks the first time a work by a Filipino classical composer has ever been premiered in London. The evening promises to be a feast of wonderful music, full of inspiration and distinction.
Concert sponsored by PLDT UK Limited and Manning Impex Limited
Artist Information:
Robert Atchison, violin; Olga Dudnik, piano; David Jones, cello; William Hawkes, viola; Christopher Laurence, double bass
Programme Information:
Mozart : Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor K478; Jed Balsamo : Piano Trio No.2 (first performance); Schubert : Piano Quintet in A D.667 ‘Trout’
Tickets : £26/£22/£17/£12

Look out for news soon of a fabulous recital in August featuring stellar soprano Sally Silver and family! This will include the premiere of a new work by Naresh Sohal!

Please note that the 'Other World Music' page will be renamed as plain 'World Music' page as soon as circumstances permit.

Also please be aware that there may be delays to forthcoming updates due to the current - generously donated - stop-gap laptop computer being very near breathing its last and hence a (tower) replacement having to be found urgently, which may occupy a good bit of time.

Most regrettably I have to severely curtail gig and other live event reviews from now on due to severely constrained finances and in the absence of substantial donations to the site or sponsorship. I shall of course honour most events I have already committed to until August this year. However, beyond that, things are highly uncertain at the moment, and unless there is a positive change in circumstances, I shall not be able to attend more than one event per month at best. Expenses such as fares are simply too much to bear out of my own limited pocket.

Hence, an appeal for donations will be re-launched shortly, as soon as mechanisms for anonymous donations via PayPal have been put in place.

 

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2013/05/16

After some delays and including a couple more reviews than would originally have been scheduled, here's a bevy of reviews - four gig reviews, two illustrated by Rainlore's World Artist in Residence Alban Low, and two illustrated guest reviews by him, a solitary album review (I know, we're getting further behind again with albums at the moment but hope to catch up a good bit soon) and an article. Just one concert review in this category though, and the article should beof interest here too.

The article, The Reviewer & The Reviewed examines the roles of both. This had been held over from previous updates to fine-tune it. It's funny how there's just the odd exception that does not seem to grasp the fundamental 'rules of engagement!'

A truly magical night was Sally Silver Et Al - Elizabeth Connell Memorial Concert, St. John's, Smith Square, London SW1P, Saturday 27th April 2013 (Illustrated by Alban Low), presenting ultimate class from the operatic world. The list of performers almost reads like a 'who's who' but also includes some amazing young talent.

Please be aware that there may be delays to forthcoming updates due to the current - generously donated - stop-gap laptop computer being very near breathing its last and hence a (tower) replacement or parts having to be found urgently, which may occupy a good bit of time.

Most regrettably I have to severely curtail gig and other live event reviews from now on due to severely constrained finances and in the absence of substantial donations to the site or sponsorship. I shall of course honour most events I have already committed to until August this year. However, beyond that, things are highly uncertain at the moment, and unless there is a positive change in circumstances, I shall not be able to attend more than one event per month at best. Expenses such as fares are simply too much to bear out of my own limited pocket.

Hence, an appeal for donations will be re-launched shortly, as soon as mechanisms for anonymous donations via PayPal have been put in place.

 

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2013/04/19

Two albums reviewed this time, but straight out of heaven. However, another item or two had to be still withheld due to last minute further editing being required and insufficient time being available.

There's Maurizio Minardi's The Cook The Clown The Monk And The Accordionist, the piano and accordion maestro's ninth studio album. His accordion dominates here, and Minardi delivers another drop-dead-gorgeous album. Cinematic in character and scale, with a cast of thousands... err, two trio configurations plus cellist Shirley Smart guesting on a few tracks. This album is almost the perfect counterfoil to the previous My Piano Trio. As it touches on 'Third Stream' territory, it should be of interest to contemporary classical music lovers.

And we have Sally Silver, Richard Bonynge's Massenet Songs - Ivre D'Amour, another album straight out of heaven. The Star Soprano shines brightly! This album is almost too beautiful for words. Perfection itself.

Among other news, the long overdue Rainlore's World Albums Of The Year 2012 will of course follow ASAP but maybe a while yet. However, the good news is that the winners will henceforth receive a commemorative plaque, and Rainlore's World is proud to announce that the Rainlore's World Albums Of The Year 2012 will be sponsored by the prestigious Sampson Low Ltd., one of the UK's oldest publishing houses!

Most regrettably I have to severely curtail gig and other live event reviews from now on due to severely constrained finances and in the absence of substantial donations to the site or sponsorship. I shall of course honour most events I have already committed to until August this year. However, beyond that, things are highly uncertain at the moment, and unless there is a positive change in circumstances, I shall not be able to attend more than one event per month at best. Expenses such as fares are simply too much to bear out of my own limited pocket.



Img.of Sally Silver
Soprano Sally Silver

Don't miss the star soprano Sally Silver in the

Elizabeth Connell Memorial Concert
27 April at 19:30
St John's Smith Square in London, United Kingdom

https://www.facebook.com/events/101075260055158/?ref=22


A concert to celebrate the life of Liza Connell and launch her prize for young dramatic sopranos. More details will be added. ed. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible. Booking opens 28 February 2013. To view all the information and regular updates including the programme please visit

http://www.elizabeth-connell.com/

(Painting of Sally Silver by and © Alban Low, Rainlore's World Artist in Residence)

Alongside a starring role at the Royal Opera House, internationally-acclaimed tenor Charles Castronovo takes to the King's Head stage for six special performances. Charles performs songs from his CD Dolce Napoli, the Neopolitan Songs, which features new interpretations of classic songs from Italy with his band. Charles captures the spirit of Naples in English and Italian, introducing these songs to new audiences in the same manner as the great Italian-American singers of the last generation, but with a beautiful operatic voice that does them justice. Feat. Romano Viazzani, accordion. Presented by Glen Roven, in association with the King's Head Theatre. For tickets go here. Remaining performances on: 29 Apr, 2013, 7.15pm and on 29th April at 11pm! at Kings Head Theatre.

Looking forward to July, The London Piano Trio & Friends, in association with The Inter-Cultural Society of London, will be at St John's, Smith Square, in London on 6th July 2013, 7.30pm.

The London Piano Trio, Robert Atchison, Olga Dudnik, and David Jones are pleased to return to St John’s with renowned friends William Hawkes and Christopher Laurence. The concert features two very well known pieces by Mozart and Schubert together with the world premiere of Jed Balsamo’s work, Piano Trio No.2, commissioned for the London Piano Trio by The Inter-Cultural Society of London. This work is very innovative, accessible and pleasing to the ear, and marks the first time a work by a Filipino classical composer has ever been premiered in London. The evening promises to be a feast of wonderful music, full of inspiration and distinction.

Concert sponsored by PLDT UK Limited and Manning Impex Limited

Artist Information:
Robert Atchison, violin; Olga Dudnik, piano; David Jones, cello; William Hawkes, viola; Christopher Laurence, double bass
Programme Information:
Mozart : Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor K478; Jed Balsamo : Piano Trio No.2 (first performance); Schubert : Piano Quintet in A D.667 ‘Trout’
Tickets : £26/£22/£17/£12

 

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2013/04/05

Just a gig review this time. But what a gig!

It's tango singer extraordinaire, Martín Alvarado - 'Asi Es Mi Tango' With Mikko Helenius Live At Lauderdale Hs., Highgate, London N6, Thursday 21st March 2013 which is sumptuously illustrated by Rainlore's World Artist in Residence, Alban Low. Special Guest was classical tango pianist and composer Juan María Solare. Alvarado, the voice that melts hearts, true to form proved once again why he is the Carlos Gardel of the 21st century, 'El Mago!' The King is dead - long live The New King of Tango! And the good news is, Alvarado will be back for a further UK tour in June! So if you haven't had a 'tango epiphany' yet, don't miss out then. No matter what.

In other news, the long overdue Rainlore's World Albums Of The Year 2012 will of course follow ASAP but maybe a while yet. However, the good news is that the winners will henceforth receive a commemorative plaque, and Rainlore's World is proud to announce that the Rainlore's World Albums Of The Year 2012 will be sponsored by the prestigious Sampson Low Ltd., one of the UK's oldest publishing houses!

Most regrettably I shall have to severely curtail gig and other live event reviews from now on due to severely constrained finances and in the absence of substantial donations to the site or sponsorship. I shall of course honour any events I have already committed to until August this year. However, beyond that, things are highly uncertain at the moment, and unless there is a positive change in circumstances, I shall not be able to attend more than one event per month at best. Expenses such as fares are simply too much to bear out of my own limited pocket.

 

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2013/03/27

Much delayed, alas, but you will surely find this update was worth waiting for! Just one CD review in this section.

This is Juan María Solare's Tango Monologues, a solo piano album of classic and contemporary tangos from a classical angle. Bristling with excellence, you have to hear this wonderful album. Solare, an Argentinean based at various German universities, is not only an excellent pianist but also a highly original composer, as he more than amply demonstrates here.

In other news, the long overdue Rainlore's World Albums Of The Year 2012 will of course follow ASAP but maybe a while yet. However, the good news is that the winners will henceforth receive a commemorative plaque, and Rainlore's World is proud to announce that the Rainlore's World Albums Of The Year 2012 will be sponsored by the prestigious Sampson Low Ltd., one of the UK's oldest publishing houses!

Most regrettably I shall have to severely curtail gig and other live event reviews from now on due to severely constrained finances and in the absence of substantial donations to the site or sponsorship. I shall of course honour any events I have already committed to until August this year. However, beyond that, things are highly uncertain at the moment, and unless there is a positive change in circumstances, I shall not be able to attend more than one event per month at best. Expenses such as fares are simply too much to bear out of my own limited pocket.

 

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2013/02/28

An album review that should be of great interest here this time, and some major archiving of inactive pages.

The album reviewed comes from the amazing Kobi Arad Band and Inner Hymns - Creative Exploration of Traditional Jewish Hymns. Very esoteric, highly creative 'Third Stream' from the modern master of this jazz/classical blend. And very deft ivory work from Arad too, as usual. You can catch him live if you're on the US East Coast, particularly the NYC area.

The 'A/V Pages' section of Rainlore's World has now been permanently moved to archive. It had long become impossible to maintain/update this. Please note that some of the links may no longer work. The 'Artists' section will be next to be archived as soon as time permits, for the same reason.

 

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2013/02/10

Somewhat delayed due to various 'interludes' of exhaustion, man flu and the like, this site update also had to be split into two parts. Today, here is Pt. 1. Pt. 2 will follow, hopefully, around next Friday. Regrettably, this causes further delays to a number of album and gig reviews long overdue.

The current crop of reviews in Pt. 1 in this section consists of a solitary dance theatre review of a remarkable triple bill.

This features Liz Liew & Yuyu Rau - Snapshots, Et Al, The Place, Euston, London WC1H, Saturday 12th January 2013. The live score by Liz Liew to the first piece, Liew & Rau's Snapshots, is remarkable in itself and should be of interest here. A wonderful blend of Western and Chinese classical and contemporary elements, with part Western and part Chinese instrumentation, this music is fascinating and beautiful in its own right.

Definite reviews for Pt. 2 of this update include Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence Alban Low's exhibition Art of Folk at TwickFolk Twickenham on 27th January! If possible, I might try and cram in some more from what should be the next site update, but no guarantees.

 

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2013/01/21

Out with the old, in with the new! The 2012 version of this page has now been archived. At the same time, the change in name to Rainlore's World is being further implemented, bit by bit!

Rainlore's World is proud to announce that acclaimed fine artist Alban Low has kindly consented to be Artist in Residence of Rainlore's World as of this month. Alban Low is renowned especially for his covers and artwork for CDs, live illustrations of gigs and studio sessions (with a primary focus on jazz - see also his blog Art of Jazz), and animations, including commissions for the BBC, and in 2012 already illustrated several gigs in collaboration with reviews on Rainlore's World. We hope our collaboration will be a long and fruitful one.

Some sections will be discontinued and permanently moved to archive shortly as it has regrettably become impossible to maintain them. These include the 'A/V Page' and the 'Artists' page. More on this soon.

On with the reviews! Or rather, one album review in this section.

A breath-taking glory of an album is Robert Atchison, Sir Michael Gambon, Altamira Chamber Orchestra's Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - Music And Sonnets. A finer performance than Atchison's is hard to imagine, and each movement is preceded by a reading by Sir Michael Gambon of the matching sonnet. A feast for the senses! If you thought that yet another recording of The Four Seasons was a bit surplus to requirements, think again. You just have to hear this one. To find out why, read the review.

Just around the corner is Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence Alban Low's one-day exhibition, Art of Folk, at TwickFolk, Twickenham, this Sunday, 27th January, arising from his six month residency at the well known folk club. It's from 6pm at Twickfolk, The Cabbage Patch, 67 London Rd., Twickenham TW1 3SZ. Admission is free, and music is provided by Alan Franks from 7pm to put you even more in the mood! An event not to be missed! Twickenham train station is a couple of minutes walk and on the Waterloo to Kingston-upon-Thames line. In the meantime, you can find out more about his amazing work and download a catalogue of posters and prints at Alban Low's web site.

 

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2013/01/02

Hello New Year, and Hello Rainlore's World, Good Bye Rainlore's World of Music!

The process of changing over of the site's name to Rainlore's World has begun with a change of the logos on all essential section pages, e.g., 'Home,' Jazz,' 'Other World Music,' 'Literary,' and so on. More will follow gradually. Also, more and more pages will have headers and other incidences of the old Rainlore's World of Music changed to Rainlore's World.

This change of the site's name is intended to reflect the much broader spectrum the site has come to include over the years. Over the next year or two, a thorough revamp of the site is hoped to be carried out to take this into account and to simplify the site and make it more user-friendly too. For the time being, the domain will remain the same. Comments and suggestions always welcome.

Furthermore, with the next full site update, the 2012 portion of this page and all other section pages will be moved to archive, hence the next update may be a little longer than usual.

Wishing everyone a Happy 2013

 

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Reviews


There is a full index of all reviews available on Rainlore's World. Also, there is an index listing all CD reviews , which includes reviews of music from all genres, and another one listing all live music reviews.

Reviews added 2013/08/04 :

[CD Review] London Piano Trio :  Oleg Komarnitsky - Chamber And Instrumental Music (2013/07/25)

 

Reviews added 2013/07/30 :

[CD Review] Lenka Lichtenberg :  Songs For The Breathing Walls (2013/07/22)

[Live Music Review] London Piano Trio & Friends At St. John's, Smith Sq., London SW1, Saturday 6th July 2013 (Illustrated by Rainlore's World Artist in Residence Alban Low) (2013/07/07)

[CD Review] Baluji Shrivastav :  The Art Of The Indian Dilruba (2013/07/14)

 

Reviews added 2013/07/12 :

[CD Review] Cheng Yu :  Chinese Masterpieces Of The Pipa & Qin (2013/06/25)

 

Reviews added 2013/06/04 :

[CD Review] Simon Thacker's Svara-Kanti :  Rakshasa (2013/05/22)

 

Reviews added 2013/05/16 :

[Article] The Reviewer & The Reviewed (2013/04/03) - on the roles of both

[Concert Review] Sally Silver Et Al - Elizabeth Connell Memorial Concert, St. John's, Smith Square, London SW1P, Saturday 27th April 2013 (Illustrated by Alban Low) (2013/04/28)

 

Reviews added 2013/04/19 :

[CD Review] Maurizio Minardi :  The Cook The Clown The Monk And The Accordionist (2013/04/14)

[CD Review] Sally Silver, Richard Bonynge :  Massenet Songs - Ivre D'Amour (2013/04/17)

 

Reviews added 2013/04/05 :

[Gig Review] Martín Alvarado - 'Asi Es Mi Tango' With Mikko Helenius Live At Lauderdale Hs., Highgate, London N6, Thursday 21st March 2013 (Illustrated by Alban Low) (2013/03/22)

 

Reviews added 2013/03/27 :

[CD Review] Juan María Solare :  Tango Monologues (2013/03/11)

 

Reviews added 2013/02/28:

[CD Review] Kobi Arad Band :  Inner Hymns (2013/02/18)

 

Reviews added 2013/02/10:

[Dance Theatre Review] Liz Liew & Yuyu Rau - Snapshots, Et Al, The Place, Euston, London WC1H, Saturday 12th January 2013 (2013/01/13)

 

Reviews added 2013/01/21:

Robert Atchison, Sir Michael Gambon, Altamira Chamber Orchestra :  Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - Music And Sonnets (2013/01/13)

 


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Articles & Features

Both formal and informal articles, both on as well as off site, on all manner of topics relating to classical music. Titles are accompanied by brief descriptions of the content. A full index of articles and features is also available.

 

Features/Articles added 2013/09/11 :

[Article] Nigel Kennedy, Prom 34 And The BBC Censorship Of Kennedy's 'Apartheid' Statement (2013/08/26)

 

Features/Articles added 2013/05/16 :

[Article] The Reviewer & The Reviewed (2013/04/03) - on the roles of both

 

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