Music

Review: Matisyahu

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2013

It is hard to believe that the clean-shaven, casually-dressed singer on the stage is the same man who once performed in a dark suit, Chasidic beard and black hat.

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Opera: Written on Skin

By Stephen Pollard, March 14, 2013

After seeing Written on Skin, I have some idea what it must have been like to have been at the premiere of Peter Grimes. Just as Britten’s opera was immediately obvious as a masterpiece — and not just of British opera —so, too, George Benjamin’s work is a league above any other new opera I have seen.

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Jessie Ware is Brit awards nominee

By Sandy Rashty, January 11, 2013

Singer-songwriter Jessie Ware has been nominated for two Brit awards.

The former JC intern, 26, is up for Best Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.

Ms Ware, who has received worldwide support for her Devotion album, said: “Canny believe it – very happy to be up for two [awards].”

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The Klezmatics on top form as JMI relaunches

By Lawrence Joffe, November 2, 2012

Twenty-five years ago the Klezmatics were called the enfants terrible of the Jewish musical world.

Purists baulked at their alleged adulteration of east European klezmer. Others questioned their blending of leftist progressive politics with heimische Yiddish melodies.

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Review: Leonard Cohen

By Jenni Frazer, September 13, 2012

Ten years after he came down from his mountain-top Buddhist monastery, Leonard Cohen embarked, for financial reasons, on a series of concert tours whose astonishing success must have exceeded even his wildest expectations. From Tel Aviv to Tokyo, he plundered his back catalogue and played to ecstatic critics and audiences.

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Drake — the rap star who performs at barmitzvahs

By Paul Lester, July 26, 2012

Aubrey Drake Graham, better known as Drake, is one of the world's most successful performers, and without doubt the most popular Jewish rapper/singer - his father, Dennis Graham, is an African-American musician from Memphis, but his mother, Sandi, is a Jewish Canadian.

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Opera: Verdi's Otello

By Stephen Pollard, July 20, 2012

I have been spoilt by Carlos Kleiber. Nearly two decades ago, I heard him conduct Verdi’s Otello at the Royal Opera House and I know that, as long as I live, I will never hear anything that compares. The opening storm he conjured up (and yes, it was magic), when he made the orchestra sound as if the earth was opening up, was something beyond music.

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The Chief Rabbi's House of Lords tribute to the Queen

By Lord Jonathan Sacks, May 31, 2012

Many tributes have been and will be rightly paid to Her Majesty for the six decades of her sustained and dedicated service to the nation, but one in particular should not be forgotten.

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Opera: Falstaff is a Royal Opera House must-see

By Stephen Pollard, May 18, 2012

If I could give this new production of Falstaff 50 stars, I would. Verdi’s last opera is as close to perfection as music gets, and Robert Carsen’s 1950s update does it justice. Carsen clearly loves Falstaff and wants only to share that love with the audience.

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I'm out of tune with modern ways

May 10, 2012

Sadly, There are very few opportunities for lovers of choral music to attend recitals on a Saturday morning, but at least we Jews have a viable alternative to offer: the nearest Reform or Liberal synagogue.

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