Hélène Grimaud The Messenger Deutsche Grammophon French pianist Hélène Grimaud is a risk-taker and a concept-maker, creating albums that pull from different styles and eras, and push into place new understandings, new beginnings even – here, with The Messenger she seeks to compare and contrast Mozart with the contemporary classical composer Valentyn Silvestrov.
Johnny Marr Playland New Voodoo Records/Warners Sometime, a while ago, not exactly sure when, Johnny Marr reached some sort of weird “untouchable” status, but only in indie circles, mind. He’s not having his Springsteen/Dylan moment – and arguably never will. But for a guy who, call a spade a spade (or, er axe) is only […]
Johnny Marr The Messenger Sire/Ada Johnny Marr is receiving over-the-top accolades these days – he did his best work half a lifetime ago (half his lifetime, to be precise) and it’s not helping anyone to have Marr win an award for “Godlike Genius” – that’s simply something he cannot live up to, it’s simply something […]