Anne-Sophie Mutter is in Sydney for a few concerts playing Mozart, a composer she has played for her first recording in 1978, at the tender age of 15 for Deutsche Grammophon. I own her third recording a few years later in 1980 - Beethoven, and 1983 - Bach - see photo above.
I missed her visit to Sydney in 2012, so I am quite excited to go to her concert tomorrow night at the Sydney Opera House. Now, I need to find this first record, don't I? I will keep you posted...
You can read an article on a recent interview with Margaret Throsby on ABC Classic FM, and listen to the recording of the interview for another three weeks.
I bought myself a tablet before going to the USA and I have used far beyond the 600$ I paid for it.
Mind you, I didn't buy an iPad2, as it was public knowledge it would be obsolete by the time I got back from Vegas. (And it did!)
Instead I bought a Motorola Xoom ( I know, it just became obsolete too a few days ago, but at least the Xoom 2 runs ICS, as well as the Xoom 1, so no drama!).
And it is a beautiful machine...and it got even better since I installed TunedIn, an internet-radio app (or should I say THE internet-radio app?) and I got in on my iPhone 4S as well.
And then, I discovered the last grandchildren of my friend Ivor Tifenburn: Linn Radio and its three avatars, Linn Radio, Linn Classical (the one I am listening to as I type...) and Linn Jazz, that I will try later.
As far as I know, it is the only radio steaming in 320kbs MP3, and gosh, what difference does it make!
It is quite extraordinary that I could get all this beautiful music, all the way from Glasgow, and with none of the usual "baratin" found even on my beloved ABC Classic FM. Great for a lazy Easter Sunday afternoon...
Update 21/04: BBC3 streams in 320kbps as well
Also, as my Xoom is gone walkabout to France, I got myself one of these new iPads and installed TunedIn Pro on it.
The good news: it seems to sound better than the Xoom - I will have to do a proper A_B test when the Xoom comes back...
The bad news: you can't play older streams, unless previously recorded in TunedIn, as you need either the radio station own player (not compatible...) or WMP (not compatible either...)
Apparently you can use "Flip4Mac" on a Mac, but you can't install it on a tablet!
Anybody out there more familiar than me with the Mac environment will be welcome to leave a comment.
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.