Bill Evans and Poulenc

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Bill Evans and Poulenc

It is well known that jazz pianist Bill Evans drew on Debussy and Ravel for inspiration for his jazz voicings. (He also pored over Wagner scores, but that seems to have been swept under the carpet a little).  I find the twists and turns in Evans’ harmonic writing and clear melodic lines sometimes remind me […]

Pronouncing Janácek – a masterclass with maestro Hrusa

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Pronouncing Janácek – a masterclass with maestro Hrusa

Jan-acek? Ja-nAH-cek? I’ve often wondered how to pronounce his name so as to avoid minor faux pas when supping on canapés in Glyndebourne (perhaps as a future, richer self, at least). I had the chance to get the definitive answer from Czech conductor Jakub Hrusa, whom I interviewed last Saturday. It was meant to be […]