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June 11   -  

Aldeburgh Reedbeds Aimard Messiaen

The Aldeburgh Music Festival epitomizes Britten's belief that life, art and landscape connect, and this year's festival is particularly innovative.  Pierre-Laurent Aimard will take his music outdoors, into the reedbeds that surround Snape and ...

June 9   -  

C H Sorley A Swift Radiant Morning - Roderick Williams

Roderick Williams and Susie Allan  gave the world premiere of A Swift Radiant Morning commissioned for theThree Choirs Festival. Listen here, because it's an interesting work that extends the canon of British song. "A swift radiant ...

June 8   -  

Weber Der Freischütz - what it really means

Mark Elder and The Orchestra of the Enlightenment marked its 30th anniversary with Carl Maria von Weber Der Freischütz. A good choice, since Der Freischütz is a milestone in music history, and represents a turning point, too, in wider ...

June 7   -  

Male Elgar Sea Pictures : Roderick Williams Three Choirs Festival

At the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford last year,  Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams, but with typical flair, Roderick Williams and Susie Allan  presented them with a difference.  Listen here on BBC Radio 3 Williams started ...

June 6   -  

Mahler 2 Harding LSO Barbican

Mahler Symphony no 2 with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Harding, at the Barbican, London, with soloists Miah Persson and Anna Larsson.  Harding has been Principal Guest Conductor with the LSO since 2007, alongside ...

June 5   -  

Majestic Mahler 3 Mikko Franck St Denis

Mikko Franck conducted Mahler Symphony no 3 with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France last week in a striking performance which filled the basilica of Saint-Denis "de toute sa majesté." (video here)  A majestic ...

June 4   -  

Wir sind die Moorsoldaten

"Wir sind die Moorsoldatenund ziehen mit dem Spaten ins Moor. Wir sind die Moorsoldaten und ziehen mit dem Spaten ins Moor." Like so many work songs, the steady tread of this song fits the conditions in which it was created.  Singing keeps ...

June 3   -  

Nézet-Séguin and Opera Music Directors

No "news" at all that Yannick Nézet-Séguin has been named next Music Director of the New York Metropolitan Opera. The real news is, what the Met wants from a Music Director.What YSN is as a conductor has little relevance in comparison to ...

June 3   -  

Faith - Salonen Stravinsky Late rarities Philharmonia

Thank goodness Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia have chosen musical intelligence over bland routine in their Stravinsky series "Myths and Rituals". In "Faith", this third concert in the series, at St John's Smith Square, Salonen chose a ...

June 1   -  

Interpreting Mahler 4 Harding Orchestre de Paris

Daniel Harding and the Orchestre de Paris, a match made in heaven?   Harding's characteristic intelligence suits this orchestra's finesse.  And now they have a home in the Philharmonie de Paris, which is fast proving to be the finest ...
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