Review: Articles, Press, etc
Radio Times 18.12.04 TODAY’S CHOICES: MUSIC David Butcher: Howard Goodall’s Twentieth Century Greats This too-brief series winds up with a celebration of West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein. Goodall argues (with his usual gusto) that Bernstein’s habit of pilfering and mixing different styles – jazz, classical, Latin – make him a key figure in modern music, “theContinue reading → on What the press said about Episode 4 of 20th Century Greats
Sunday Times 28.11.04 You’re the top Howard Goodall’s 20th Century Greats: Cole Porter (C47pm) After last week’s excellent examination of the Beatles, this exemplary series continues with an analysis of the songs of Cole Porter. Goodall is engaging and erudite, happily taking the side of popular music and pointing out how ill-served it is by the self-professedContinue reading → on What the press said about Episode 2 of 20th Century Greats
A review by Michael Toscano, Special to the Washington Post Thursday, May 15, 2003; It’s not often one experiences the American premiere of an English musical in a church basement; in fact, it seems entirely unprecedented. But that is exactly the experience Sandy Spring Theatre Group has created with “Girlfriends,” Howard Goodall’s celebration ofBritain’s Women’sContinue reading → on A Successful U.S. 'Girlfriends'
The Daily Telegraph (London): 4.9.02 [Rupert Christiansen – The Arts Column (preview)]: Over the past week, we’ve lapsed into one of our periodic flaps about the future of classical music. Surveys published by the Arts Council and Policy Studies Institute reveal that the proportion of concert-goers under 50 has plummeted, while Classic FM’s magazine informs usContinue reading → on Daily Telegraph Review of Howard Goodall's Great Dates
Review in Oxford’s Daily Info of An Evening with Howard Goodall at the Oxford Playhouse, March 2001, by Jacqui Mulville Howard Goodall is an engaging, amusing and extremely talented man. This benefit evening at the Playhouse acknowledged his talent and in an informal setting of one man and a piano, gave us a glimpse intoContinue reading → on From Blackadders to Big Bangs
Sunday Times 5.12.04 Pick of the Week: This superb look at 20th-century music has made a late entry for best factual series of the year. This week, Goodall examines the work of the great film composer Bernard Herrmann, the man who made a generation prefer baths to showers with his terrifying stabbing score for AlfredContinue reading → on What the press said about Episode 3 of 20th Century Greats
The Times (The Eye) 27.11.04 Watercooler Channel 4’s new series is music to the ears, says Paul Hoggart How high is your brow, do you reckon? Do you go for Aida, Evita or Eminem? Are you an elitist, a populist or an ironic postmodern cultural relativist? No medium is more plagued by debates about elitism and “dumbing down”Continue reading → on What the press said about Episode 1 of 20th Century Greats
The Australian October 13th 2002: I’ll have to admit that when it comes to culture, I take mine with a large glass of pop, especially if you’re talking music. Not that I have an anti-classical music agenda, mind you. It’s something I’ve always meant to get into and I have no doubt that if IContinue reading → on Music series strikes the right note
BBC Music Magazine July 1998 (Performance ****, Sound ****): ‘Howard Goodall (b.1958) has scored brilliant success as a composer for film and television. Before that, he was a music scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, whose choir here certainly does him proud, with many instances fo very fine singing, especially from the boys in exposed sections,Continue reading → on Choral Works CD reviews
There were lots of column inches written about the TV series Howard Goodall’s Big Bangs, as well as the accompanying book and CD. Below are some of these reviews, starting with AA Gill from the Sunday Times.Continue reading → on Howard Goodall’s Big Bangs - What the critics said...