Full house and a standing ovation were waiting for Krystian Zimerman at the Royal Festival Hall for the first of Chopin's two big birthday concerts yesterday. Half of Poland seemed to be there, never mind half of London, while dignitaries, diplom
Heavens, it's grey and miserable out. Here's something wonderful to cheer us up: since people loved Krystian in the Chopin Third Ballade so much last week, here he is in the Second. 'Nuff said!
No music lover can have escaped the information that this is CHOPIN YEAR: the great man's bicentenary. (Along with Schumann's, of course, and there's a big deal about Mahler too, but they need separate attention.)
- Evoking The Empire That Refuses To Die
- Enjoy the analysis, ignore the advice
- Death By Clickbait
- Game Over
- Africans and Cannots
- Don't Rig The System In Favour Of Coalitions
- Theatre for Doomed Youth
- Radical Islam and its Invisible Victims
- The Blob Has Run Schools For Decades. Not Any More
- Fait Pas Accompli
- Drawing A Line
- Parties Over?
- A Sing-Song in Israel
- Beijing's Buffer
- Who Are the Masters Now?
- ONLINE ONLY: Marching to Candahar
- Lords of the Prairie
- Pope Frank: In the Footsteps of St Francis
- The Terrorist Threat to Business
- Veil Uncovered