Tasmin Little's 2013 release on Chandos is an exploration of lush and lyrical music for violin and orchestra, composed by the leading British composers of the early 20th century, and it is an album of remarkable depth and beauty. Opening the program is the Concerto for violin & orchestra by E.J. Moeran, which sets the mood for the disc with its long-breathed, melancholy lines and pastoral atmosphere. While this is a technically challenging work that shows Little to her best advantage as a virtuoso, listeners may come away from the piece recalling its sweet ambience more than its flashiness. The same could also be said for Frederick Delius' Légende, Gustav Holst's A Song of the Night, and Ralph Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, all three of which provide tests for the violinist's skills, yet are filled with such gorgeous music that listeners may only remember the general opulence of the scores. Also included are premiere recordings of Roger Turner's arrangements of Edward Elgar's Chanson de matin, Chanson de nuit, and Salut d'amour, which in orchestration, mood, and style fit the rest of the album nicely.
"Chess, first of all, is art." - Mikhail Tal
Arguably one of the world's most exciting chess players of all time, Grandmaster Mikhail Tal will always be remembered as an attacking genius. The former World Champion, who was nicknamed "The Magician from Riga" for his tactical prowess, has insprired many a chess player with his daring and electrifying style of play. With this in mind, Ginger GM in association with Dark Phoenix Media Ltd. has created it’s first interactive DVD based on this chess legend.