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Tuesday 8th December 2009
Any Questions?

We bloggers like to think that we raise issues that can stimulate discussion, conversation etc. But one thing I haven't done before - and I'm not sure anyone else has either - is to put out a call for questions you might be wanting to ask. So, over to you. Please post them to the comments box this week - the deadline is Sunday evening - and I will do my very best to answer them next week. I am sure that I do not need to tell you, dear readers, that these questions should be polite, reasonable and pertinent.

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November 29th, 2012
12:11 PM
"Dark" is what people want biscuits full of mystery and romance and even, dare it be said, of sex. -Arthur van der Vant

December 11th, 2009
1:12 PM
Re Sokolov Jessica, I really hope that you don't answer this question. Just putting a CD into his/her player should answer it for Agn better than any words can. Better still, go to one of his concerts - but you won't be able to do this in the UK. Where is the "Bring Sokolov back to London" Group for me to join, so that my protests about the Government's attitude towards the security threat that he allegedly poses can joined with others'?

December 9th, 2009
8:12 PM
In the after math of the opening of Tosca at the Met, some critics have weighed in on the practice of booing at the end of an opera. At opening night at La Scala, the opera director was booed even though Daniel Barenboim defiently accopmanied the director on stage for a curtain call. If I pay the outrageous fortune to attend an opera and have a reasonable knowledge of a particular opera, does that give me the right to reign boos on an artist if I do not care for a particular interpretation, or even if the technical skills are poorly executed? Or instead of booing, should I just decline from applauding? Do you have an opinion?

December 8th, 2009
8:12 PM
What makes Grigory Sokolov such a great pianist in you opinion?

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About Jessica Duchen

Jessica Duchen is a music journalist and the author of four novels, two biographies and several stage works. She writes regularly for The Independent and BBC Music Magazine. Her latest novel, Songs of Triumphant Love, is published by Hodder.

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