Review of 2021

Still finding films non-compulsive; indeed books have gone the same way to an extent (partly to do with eye problems thankfully fixed). Gigs limited, of course, but for what it’s worth:


Reigns over the books
  1. Mozart: The Reign of Love, Jan Swafford
  2. Tchaikovsky The Man and His Music, David Brown
  3. Benjamin Britten: A Live in the Twentieth Century, Paul Kildea
  4. The Cambridge Companion to Vaughan Williams, eds. Alain Frogley & Aidan Thompson
  5. George Gershwin, Robert Greenburg
  6. Jean Sibelius, Guy Rickards
  7. Dmitry Shostakovich, Pauline Fairclough
  8. Music for Silenced Voices: Shostakovich and his fifteen quartets, Wendy Lesser
  9. Leonard Bernstein, Paul Myers
  10. The String Quartet: A History, Paul Griffiths

Films seen this year

Evergreen ‘twilight’ great
  1. The Last Picture Show
  2. The Godfather
  3. Gravity
  4. Tekkonkinkre
  5. Spiral – season 8 (also rewatched the whole series – brilliant)
  6. The Shining
  7. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  8. Stan & Ollie
  9. The Edge
  10. Silent Voice

Albums of the year

  1. Shostakovich: Violin Concertos, Alina Ibragimova, State Academic Symphony 
  2. Paris, Hilary Hahn
  3. Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, Patricia Kopatchinskaja
  4. Fly or Die, Jaimie Branch
  5. Vaughan Williams: Symphonies 4 & 6, LSO – Pappano
  6. Diana Jones, Song to a Refugee
  7. Lokk, Erlend Apneseth Trio
  8. Ysaye: Sonatas for solo violin, James Ehnes
  9. Plaisirs illumines, Kopatchinskaja, Gabetta, Camerata Bern
  10. Whither Must I Wander, Will Liverman, Jonathan King

Top Live Events

  1. Mahler: ‘Resurrection’ Symphony, Orch Opera North – Walker, Leeds Town Hall
  2. The Little Unsaid, The Live Room – Saltaire
  3. Bach/Shostakovich/Schubert: Brodsky Qt, Assembly Room – Leeds
  4. Musicport, Whitby
  5. Britten, Elgar, Shostakovich, Orch of Opera North – Walker, Huddersfield Town Hall
  6. The Breath, The Live Room – Saltaire
  7. John Boden – The Live Room, Saltaire
  8. Boo Hewerdine, Heidi Talbot, The Live Room – Saltaire
  9. Olcay Bayir – The Live Room, Saltaire

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