As Alex Salmond stands down as first minister, Brian Taylor looks back at his political life. With contributions from the man himself, colleagues, opponents and those who have worked most closely with him behind the scenes. Brian sets out to discover if anyone truly knows the real Alex Salmond and asks what his political legacy will be.
As Scotland prepares to vote on the biggest decision in 300 years, join Glenn Campbell and a specially-invited audience live in the iconic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, as Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling lay out their competing visions for the future of the country.
First Minister Alex Salmond and Better Together leader Alistair Darling go head-to-head for the first time in an independence referendum debate. The live showdown in front of an audience of voters, includes analysis from expert guests and reaction on social media. Presented by Bernard Ponsonby and John MacKay.
Despite extraordinary international recognition Myra Hess never assumed the role of famed cosmopolitan soloist. Rather, she remained the archetypal English lady abroad. Even so she conquered America from the first, an appearance at New York in 1922 with a program that included Scarlatti and Bach, Franck and Schumann, Debussy and Chopin. Myra Hess was preparing for an extensive tour of America when war was declared in 1939. Refusing to leave the UK, she soon became involved in a cause which eventually made her name a legend, the war-time National Gallery concerts. Chamber music was, quite simply, a life-long love that inexorably grew to a passion and which perhaps, reached its climax with appearances at Casals' Prades Festival in 1951-1952."by Bryan Crimp
There’s a strongly bipartite element to the programming here. Popper’s easy-going, lyrical Romantic charm is pitted against Piatigorsky’s wizardly virtuosity in his Variations on a Paganini Theme. Both were executants of high renown and Popper was the better known as an executant-composer. But Piatogorsky’s transcriptions, arrangements and original works – as here - are well deserving of perpetuation, as this disc amply demonstrates.
Popper’s Suite Op.69 is an extensive four movement affair, not far short of half an hour in length. Its opening ……….Jonathan Woolf @ musicweb-international.com