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October 9   -  

Listen - Daniele Gatti dirigeert Mahler 9

Listen HERE to a live recording of  the opening concert of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra , from August 2013. It's Mahler Symphony no 9, conducted by Daniele Gatti, who was confirmed lasst week as the new Chief Conductor of the Royal ...

October 8   -  

God only knows what's wrong with BBC Music

Massive hype about the launch of BBC Music. All BBC "platforms" whatever that might mean in real English) united to play a 3 minute video  The video doesn't actually say what BBC Music is and where it's heading, but that nothingness might be in ...

October 6   -  

Rameau Les Paladins Wigmore hall

Les Paladins brought Rameau Les Paladins and much more to the Wigmore Hall. " .a Baroque spirit of theatre and imagination. Contrasts of dynamic, register and timbre were exaggerated and celebrated, textures were by turns airy, then ...

October 6   -  

MonteverdiL'incoronazione di Poppea, Barbican

Robert Howarth conducted The Academy of Ancient Music in a performance of Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea at the Barbican Hall.  Claire Seymour writes in Opera Today: "Set in the reign of Nero, it depicts the irresistible power and ...

October 5   -  

Jurowski, LPO, Rachmaninov

From Alex Verney-Elliott "On Friday the 3rd October at the Royal Festival Hall in London, I heard a brooding mooding account of Rachmaninov's The Isle of the Dead  Op. 29 (1909) eloquently played by the London Philharmonic under the ...

October 4   -  

ENO Girl of the Golden West Puccini

At the ENO, Puccini's La fanciulla del West becomes The Girl of the Golden West. Hearing this opera in English instead of Italian has its advantages, While we can still hear the exotic, Italianate Madama Butterfly fantasies in ...

October 2   -  

The Girl of the Golden West

Puccini The Girl of the Golden West at ENO tonight. The world's first Spaghetti Western ?  A tasty teaser, not ?

October 1   -  

Three People's Principles 三民主義

Today, China celebrates National Day. Altyhoughnthe present government ids dominated by the Communist Party, there is a lot more to "national" than political parties. All Chinese, whatever their affliation, and however vaguely, subscribe to the ...

September 30   -  

All for one, one for all 危樓春曉

In view of what is happening in Hong Kong, this is a prescient time to revisit one of the great classic icons of Cantonese film, In the Face of Demolition, 危樓春曉. No-one can really understand a place until they ...

September 28   -  

Mystery great Wagnerian Závodszky Zoltán

Who was Závodszky Zoltán ? A friend sent a link to an hour long documentary about him, with lots of clips and rare photos, but it's all in Hungarian. Help, please ! From what we've been able to gather, Závodszky (1892-1976) was ...
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