Short documentary about why championship chess sets are so expensive

When the narrator says "less than 10 people are entrusted to carve the knights for world championship sets ", one's mind may wander to the fact that chess authorities are among the most blatantly corrupt sporting bodies on Earth, so perhaps something hinky is at hand. — Read the rest Source: Short documentary about why … Continue reading Short documentary about why championship chess sets are so expensive

Gramophone, 4/14/21: Creativity and friendship: Sir Tom Stoppard and André Previn

On the occasion of a retrospective of Andre Previn, Gramophone has posted on Previn's creative relationship with Stoppard. Very good and highly recommended. Nunn, Stoppard, and Previn Sir Tom Stoppard and André Previn collaborated in a daring innovation of ground-breaking originality when they created Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, which premiered at London’s Royal Festival … Continue reading Gramophone, 4/14/21: Creativity and friendship: Sir Tom Stoppard and André Previn