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March 19   -  

Poetry beyond words - Nash Ensemble Wigmore Hall

The Nash Ensemble's 50th Anniversary Celebrations at the Wigmore Hall were crowned by a recital that typifies the Nash's visionary mission.  Above, the dearly-loved founder, Amelia Freeman,  a quietly revolutionary figure in  her own ...

March 18   -  

Sibelius raw, vibrant Kullervo, choreographed

Jean Sibelius; Kullervo op 7, 1892  is a work so powerful that it seems to break out from the restraints of orchestral performance. Even now, the piece seems surprisngly modern.. Musically, it's explosive; fabulously "primitive" sounds ...

March 17   -  

Death and the mother

Lady Caroline Lamb (1785-1828), the novelist, with a racy sex life.  Way ahead of her time.

March 15   -  

Spring ! Oxford Lieder Song Weekend - April

Fresh and lively - the Oxford Lieder April Song Weekend, Holywell Music Room, 10-12th April RIDAY 10 APRIL 7.30pm Sophie Daneman soprano Stephan Loges baritone Sholto Kynoch piano Schumann: Myrthen A star team for Schumann's most substantial ...

March 14   -  

Can Scriabin drive you to murder ?

Can Scriabin drive you to murder ? In Hong Kong, a man is on trial for murdering his parents, He invited them round for dinner, amnd allegedly murdered the, serving their remains up for a meal with a friend. Their heads were found by the police, who ...

March 13   -  

Music Theatre Wales goes international

Music Theatre Wales goes international !  Britain's most adventurous smaller opera company presents two productions, on the same day on opposite sides of the world. On April 2nd, Philip Glass The Trial opens at Theater Madgeberg, Germany, ...

March 11   -  

Ground-breaking The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny Royal Opera House

Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Royal Opera Hall absolutely breaks new ground, revealing the sophisticated layers of meaning inherent in the opera. Yes, it's political, yes it's about capitalism, ...

March 11   -  

Andris Nelsons : Concertgebouw Amsterdam Sibelius, Shostakovich

Sibelius and Shostakovich in Amsterdam: Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, 5th March 2015 Conventional wisdom has for over half a century suggested that ...

March 10   -  

New CEO at ENO ? The questions

When the Arts Council England placed sanctions on the ENO, it said it wanted someone "qualifed" to take over as CEO.  So they've appointed Cressida Pollock. A good journalist would ask, who is she, and what can she bring to the job?  There ...

March 9   -  

Tight and taut : Unsuk Chin Alice in Wonderland Barbican London

Unsuk Chin's Alice in Wonderland  returned to the Barbican, London, shape-shifted like one of Alice's adventures.  The BBC Symphony Orchestra was assembled en masse, almost teetering off stage, creating a sense of tension. "Eat me, ...
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