Monthly Archives: March 2013


At the opening concert of his third City Center season, on September 22 1947, Bernstein conducted the first of two performances of Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony, the Resurrection. It was his first Mahler interpretation; he dedicated the performances to what … Continue reading

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Stations of the Cross

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Spending power

“The rich and deluded are never short of cruel people willing to give them what they want.” Jenny Diski considers the strange case of Buzz Bissinger, the big-name journalist with a serious Gucci addiction.

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All roads lead to Poland

One of my favourite albums of last year, Katy Carr’s “Paszport”, turns up on the new Songlines Music Awards compilation (always a good way of catching up with discs that may have slipped under the radar.) The singer will be playing … Continue reading

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Mahler Grooves

After reading about Leonard Bernstein’s much-prized bumper sticker — courtesy of Jonathan Cott’s new book “Dinner With Lenny” — it was quite a thrill to discover that the “Mahler Grooves” slogan is doing good business on the Internet. I’m definitely … Continue reading

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At one of the first big fashionable weddings in London after peace came, the MP and society diarist “Chips” Channon stood gazing complacently upon the jewelled throng. He observed to Emerald Cunard: “This is what we have been fighting for.” … Continue reading

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“I don’t know what I want, but I want it now!”

A classic line resurfaces in the Vivian Stanshall 70th birthday tribute at the Bloomsbury Theatre. My Times review is here [£]. 

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Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park. First time I’ve ever paid a visit. Almost all of the articles I’ve seen about the design have been negative — too big, too intrusive, “something Mussolini might have erected”, etc.  Well, even if the … Continue reading

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If institutional religion really is in decline in the US, Steve Martin’s classic anthem can expect to get a lot more airplay.

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Alan Partridge, film star?

Will Steve Coogan’s immortal creation be a success at the cinema? Bruce Dessau is keeping his fingers crossed: I’m always a little nervous about British TV hits getting the big screen treatment. A few years ago I wrote excitedly that … Continue reading

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