Judee Sill – The Kiss

“The Kiss” is a song by Judee Sill, second track on her second album Heart Food released in 1973. I heard it on a BBC Radio 4 programme dedicated to the singer and songwriter, whose work was influenced by her difficult youth and her drug habits, as well as Bach, gospel and country music. After…

Brahms and Deep Purple

Brahms Violin Concerto in D major, soloist Hilary Hahn, at the Semperoper, Dresden with the HR Sinfonieorchester, 4 June 2014. The concert celebrated Hahn’s victory in the Glashütte Original Festival Music Award. The Brahms Concerto seemed to me very close to Deep Purple, or at least a 19th-century Deep Purple. Hilary Hahn’s fingers raced on…