Antony Hopkins

December 31 2014

A reminder of how lucid he was. Antony (sic) Hopkins (obiit May 6 2014), was one of the great educators. He was a writer and broadcaster about Western classical music and a composer of operas, at least one ballet, and film scores. What people remember him for was the radio programme Talking about Music, on the BBC Third Programme and later Radio 3 and later Radio 4, from 1954 to ’92. It was syndicated, apparently, to 44 countries. There is somebody in Iran today who remembers him.

Beulah have released six of these talks as downloads at Beulah and iTunes: on Franck’s Symphonic Variations, Beethoven’s 5th, Elgar’s Enigma, Mozart’s Jupiter, Beethoven’s violin concerto, Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto. Here’s the Rachmaninov (whose middle movement was used in Brief Encounter):

On Beethoven’s 5th, from an old LP:

On Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, via Radio 5, Singapore Broadcasting Corporation:

Date of the Beethoven symphony 1959, of other two not stated.

Telegraph obituary.

One Response to “Antony Hopkins”

  1. davidderrick Says:

    2700th post, in eight and a quarter years to the day on December 31 = an average of 327 posts per year.

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