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Post  misery guts on Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:37 am

Last Night of the Proms 2018
Carelessly, I managed to miss recording the 2nd half, but it's rarely much different year on year. Here, Sir Andrew Davis conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra, taking his 12th turn at being I/c. There were clips from events around the country to pad out the running time.

Capital's Up Close Presents: Ariana Grande
A short set from Koko in London, with her 2 current big hits and Breathin', presumably intended as the next one.

Proms in the Park 2018
Sean Fletcher and Yolanda Brown anchored this clip show from 4 events held in accord with the Last Night, in Hyde Park, Glasgow, Belfast and Colwyn Bay. Matt Goss, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Midge Ure, Lee Mead, Joseph Calleja, Josh Groban and Katharine Jenkins were dotted around keeping the crowds happy.

Pavarotti: Birth of a Pop Star
Impressive account of Modena's great tenor, whose love for food hindered him in the end, but his ear for mimicry helped. He was critiqued by the in-crowd for not learning more operas, but he did something more valuable which was to learn some English, which helped his chances of making himself appear a likeable guy in English-speaking markets.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:51 am

The South Bank Show Originals: Andrew Lloyd Webber - Variations
The stage supremo did an album in 1978 for his brother, cellist Julian. One of the tracks became the theme tune for the SBS: Variations Both brothers support Leyton Orient.

Legends of Opera: Luciano Pavarotti
Another of these series, like the Discovering one, where various characters relate a person's career. Here they also had Danielle de Niese as presenter, and stalwart Bonnie Greer on hand too. Pavarotti was known as the King of the High C's, and unlike the other doc on him reviewed above, they omitted facts such as his health and love life, and miming at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:37 am

Paul Carrack - The Long Detour
From the Birmingham Symphony Hall, earlier this year, a lengthy set summing up many of his past successes in Ace, Mike and the Mechanics and elsewhere.

Legends of Opera: Jose Carreras
He was born in Barcelona in 1946, worked well with Montserrat Caballe, but less well with Herbert von Karajan. He suffered with leukaemia in the mid-1980s, but recovered to be part of the Three Tenors phenomenon in 1990 & beyond. He also did the official theme for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. He now has his own charitable foundation to fight leukaemia.

The South Bank Show Originals: Rhythm & Blues
The 1981 show saw Melvyn talking to 3 white British acts dealing with a black American artform. The Blues Band featured former Manfred Mann star Paul Jones, whilst Nine Below Zero are more famous now for appearing in cult sitcom The Young Ones. The 3rd act were Dr Feelgood, so we heard from the sadly lost Lee Brilleaux, and remarkable survivor Wilko Johnson.

The 3 Tenors: Birth of a Legend
A 2015 doc combining brief reminiscences from main players, but much footage of the concert, and how its 22 minute encore was put together by Lalo Schifrin so the three principals could collaborate even though tenor trios were not a normal part of opera.

Live From Abbey Road - Classics - Counting Crows
They had their turn in May 2009, lead singer Adam claiming the group was more than a glorified ego trip, and he had no solo plans. They did a Beatles cover for once on this show (Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End). The other act, Goo Goo Dolls, also paid respect to the Fab Four, but played Iris when they rocked up in June 2006.

Kylie - Live in Hyde Park
A recent gig in concert with Radio 2, notable for a surprise appearance from Jason Donovan (not singing) during Especially For You, and then Rick Astley on a medley of I Should Be So Lucky and Never Gonna Give You Up, then they did Kids.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:42 am

Classic Albums - Back to Black
Amy Winehouse's 2006 work considered by co-producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, members of her band, management and so on, even Ronnie Spector for the added touch. Most of the tracks were discussed, and even Amy herself felt that Rehab was a novelty song. Just as well it was, it helped launch the rest.

Legends of Opera: Maria Callas
A Greek prodigy who expanded the repertoire for female opera singers, had rather better times in Europe than the USA, suffered in love, and died at just 53. She suffered with the press, and legal hassles too. But she made her mark.

Arena - Amy Winehouse - The Day She Came to Dingle
Somewhat barrel-scraping, the story of an Irish music/talk show Other Voices, involving stars trekking out to a remote West of Ireland town. Amy gave inspired chat in an interview talking about her many and varied influences, as well as knocking through half a dozen tracks from her big hit album.
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Leeds International Piano Competition 2018
First held in 1983, a showcase of 5 finalists from around the world, chasing £25k for 1st place (the top 3 places all get some prize). American Eric Lu was judged winner, ahead of Germany's Mario Haring and China's Xinyuan Wang.

Legends of Opera: Placido Domingo
The King of Opera has a wide repertoire of 150 roles, has conducted more than half a thousand performances, recorded in several languages, is considered the greatest Otello ever, and was one of the Three Tenors. His motto is "If I rest, I rust" to explain why he keeps working (in recent years, having perhaps mastered all the tenor parts, he's now wowing in baritone roles). He founded Operalia to benefit others, and once took 101 curtain calls after a performance, which went on for well over an hour.
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Legends of Opera: Kiri te Kanawa
The Kiwi born in 1944 who was adopted and renamed thus, with a Maori father. She was tutored young, and soon marked out as a soprano. She learned her craft in London, and shone at various venues. Her fame hit the jackpot when she performed at the 1981 Royal Wedding of Charles and Diana. She was made an honorary dame in 1982, and also sang the theme to the 1991 Rugby World Cup. She has her own foundation to help the next generation, and retired from performing in 2017 to give others a chance.

Music Icons: Jerry Lee Lewis
Another series on a familiar angle. JLL was born back in 1935, and did session work for Sun Records when old enough, forming part of the infamous Million Dollar Quartet. He hit gold with Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On and even more with Great Balls of Fire. But the discovery of his marriage to his 13 year old cousin capsized his career. He rebuilt it partly with a long run of country albums, including a rulebreaking 40 minute turn at the Grand Ole Opry. He made it to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, saw his film biopic out in 1989, and even managed a duets record in 2006. The "killer" continues...
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Just Let Go - Lenny Kravitz Live
From his European tour in 2014, live footage mixed in with Len and the band discussing matters like soundchecks, band formations, camaraderie and so on. The songs were good, I've warmed to his music more over the years.

Wande Coal - London
Another gig from the Indigo O2 from back in 2009, a short set which was mercifully captioned title-wise, which made things easier.

Music Icons: Buddy Holly
The Lubbock prodigy who learned guitar from elder brothers and won talent competitions. He moved so quick, he was opening for Elvis in 1955. He had a short time on Decca Records but they didn't make it work, and felt That'll Be The Day was a flop. He proved them wrong, and how. He was helped by producer Norman Petty, but later they split acrimoniously when it was thought Petty was siphoning money off for himself. Bud got style advice from the Everlys, and married Maria Elena. They moved to New York, but Bud had legal troubles, and was forced into taking on a desperate Winter Party Tour, which led to the infamous plane journey with Richie Valens and the Big Bopper, where all three legends died.
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The Story of Pulp's Common People
The most amusing thing about this was realising late in the day that it was a repeat from 2005, rather than a brand new one. The bit where most of the band reconvene in a former rehearsal space and that they haven't played together since their 2001 LP is thus cast in a rather different light. Anyway, the long gestation of Pulp's career and their sudden career burst in the mid-90s and inclusion with Britpop were well covered, together with their Glastonbury headline spot too. Nothing on Jarvis' Brits antics from the following year, or much of anything else. There was an attempt to trace the infamous Greek lass who inspired the song, but no joy. Just as well.

Live From Abbey Road - Classics - James Blunt
The former soldier played in December 2007 when pushing his 2nd album. He talked of Abbey Road having a history that is more than just the Beatles, and how Art & Industry are two different sides of a same issue. James Morrison was the additional act, who played in January 2007, and has not quite proved as successful as Blunt.

Legends of Opera: Joan Sutherland
"La Stupenda" was born in 1926 in Sydney. Her mother was a mezzo-soprano, and Joan was presumed to be the same, though she was later reclassified as a proper soprano. She was exclusive to Decca Records, so sometimes they got things right. She was able to revive old pieces because of her vocal gifts. Her husband was a conductor and often insisted on him working with her. She was a mentor to Pavarotti, but her greatest roles strained her voice. She was awarded a Dame-hood, and even became an Order of Merit in 1991.
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