Monthly Archives: July 2013

The classical condition

I recently took part in a short exchange of views about the current state of classical music with the author of the always-enjoyable Classical Conditioning blog. I have the sense that we are living through a kind of golden age

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Don’t shoot the piano player; he’s doing the best he can

Back in the late 1970s, as a teenager in rural Ireland, I had few opportunities to indulge my growing enthusiasm for classical music. I remember with great fondness certain Thursday evenings when I could tune in to fuzzy long-wave broadcasts

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It was Cole, who contrived to make the whole thing merge

In his 1949 novel, The Mating Season, P G Wodehouse introduces us to Cora “Corky” Pirbright, the sister of Bertie Wooster’s boyhood friend, “Catsmeat” Potter-Pirbright. Cora is beautiful and charming, and making her way as a Hollywood actress, under the

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