Born On This Day
While Alfred Lion is often credited as the face of Blue Note, perhaps the most widely recognised jazz label of all time, Francis Wolff was equally important to the label's success, both as a business partner and as a talented photographer who captured some of the most iconic images in jazz history.
Classical Program Highlights
Oratorio: The Resurrection composed by Georg Friedrich Händel in 1708, depicts the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as recounted in the New Testament. The story unfolds through a series of arias, recitatives, and choruses, each capturing different aspects of the story. The instrumental overture sets the tone for the opera, followed by a series of recitatives and arias that introduce the characters and themes.
Classical Interviews Jazz
Polish born Hania Rani is a composer and musician who trained as a classical pianist before incorporating jazz into her work whilst studying at Music School Feliks Nowowiejski in Gdańsk. Her debut album Esja, a beguiling collection of solo piano pieces on UK label Gondwana Records was released to international acclaim on 5 April 2019 and gathered nominations in five categories in the Polish music industry’s own Grammys, the Fryderyki.
Classical Open Day
One of our special guests for the 2MBS Fine Music Sydney 2023 Open Day is renowned soprano singer Amelia Farrugia who has captivated audiences with her stunning vocal range and emotive performances in some of the world's most prestigious opera houses and concert halls.
Classical On This Day
Frederick Delius is widely regarded as one of the most influential British composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Although he spent most of his life in France, his music was heavily inspired by his time in the United States and South America. In 1897, Delius composed his first opera, Koanga, which premiered at the Stadttheater in Elberfeld, Germany.
Born On This Day Jazz
Barry Miles is a jazz musician from Newark, New Jersey, who has made significant contributions to the jazz scene since the 1960s. Born in 1947, Miles grew up in a musical family and began playing piano at a young age. He was soon drawn to jazz music, particularly the music of bebop pioneers like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.
Classical Fine Music Magazine
Former French Prime Minister Charles de Freycinet was walking amongst the urbane people of Paris when he recognized César Franck approaching at a fast trot, his uniform an oversized frock coat, grey trousers hoisted too high, top hat haphazardly brushed against the nap. The Prime Minister slowed to talk, but Franck, without breaking stride, called as he passed, “Will you come with me to Sainte-Clotilde? But don’t speak to me. I heard last night heavenly things, and I don’t want to forget them!”
Born On This Day Jazz
George Benson is one of the most influential and versatile guitarists in the history of jazz music. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 22 1943, Benson began his musical career as a young boy, singing and playing the ukulele. By the age of eight, he had already made his first professional recordings, and by the time he was a teenager, he had become a skilled guitarist, playing with some of the top jazz musicians of the time, one of which was Wes Montgomery.
Barry O'Sullivan CD Reviews Jazz
Some purists prefer artists to stay in their lane, but often when they venture out of that tried and tested territory, we hear another side of their superb musicianship. Such is the case in the new recording of Sydney-based jazz pianist Tim Bruer.