A s the pianist and writer about music Charles Rosen put it, "it's like tightrope walkers. Unless you start when you're four you tend to fall off. The margins between success and failure can sometimes be remarkably thin. She had already been playing professionally for several years, but this was a significant step up.
Vilde Frang – from prodigy to virtuoso | Classical music | The Guardian
This is the blog of an Australian Eurovision tragic. In , she came, she saw, she kicked Moscow's ass! And in , she's back for more Eurovision fun in Oslo. It contains news, reviews, and tales of how to and how not to organise a trip to the greatest cultural event on the yearly calender. I am just about to fly out of Sydney and over to the lovely and for this year, rather inexpensive London for a quick spot of shopping prior to Oslo.
New to Norway? You'll want to get your head around the main grocery stores and supermarkets. Here's a rundown of the main chains and what to expect when doing your regular food shop. The first thing to note is that grocery shops in Norway are readily accessible.
After making records for three decades, Robyn Hitchcock has largely lost the ability to surprise listeners, which isn't in itself a bad thing -- the consistent strength of his work had led the average fan to expect a handful of good to great songs and lively, compelling performances whenever Hitchcock releases a new album, and with very rare exceptions he hasn't let fans down yet, even if he doesn't deliver an Underwater Moonlight or I Often Dream of Trains or Element of Light each time he heads into the studio. Released in , Goodnight Oslo isn't going to force listeners to reassess their opinions about Robyn Hitchcock at this stage of the game, but it's also an album that shows the man is still in firm command of his abilities, and in many respects it's as consistently pleasurable as anything Hitchcock has released since the mid-'90s. Tarantula , a large share of the credit for Goodnight Oslo 's effectiveness is the contribution of Hitchcock 's backing band, the Venus 3 -- Peter Buck on guitar, Scott McCaughey on bass, and Bill Rieflin on drums.