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11 hours, 11 minutes ago   -  

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci review – a WNO pairing with guts and punch

Millennium Centre, Cardiff Themes of love and betrayal find fresh emotional force in the Welsh National Opera’s 70th-anniversary revivalThis revival is an exercise in unalloyed nostalgia for Welsh National Opera, celebrating ...

13 hours, 56 minutes ago   -  

On my radar: Jarvis Cocker’s cultural highlights

The musician and broadcaster on the original Batman, the music of Cat’s Eyes, the importance of the BBC and the beautiful gameBorn in 1963 and raised in Sheffield, Jarvis Cocker founded Pulp (then called Arabacus Pulp) at the age of 15. ...

15 hours, 41 minutes ago   -  

Mozart: Piano Trios KV 502, 542 & 564 CD review – agility and intimacy

Rautio Piano Trio (Resonus) / The Rautio Piano Trio, which specialises in period performance, was established at the Royal Academy of Music and at the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove in Cornwall. This is their debut recording ...

15 hours, 56 minutes ago   -  

JS Bach: Clavier-Übung III CD review – Bach on a suitably baroque organ

James Johnstone (organ) (Metronome) (2 CDs)At the beginning of an ambitious series to match Bach’s great organ works to original instruments of his time, this first instalment strikes lucky with an instrument begun in the same year – ...

15 hours, 56 minutes ago   -  

Scriabin, Stockhausen: Light CD review – dazzling technique

Vanessa Benelli Mosell (piano) (Decca) / Pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell has named her second album for Decca Light, a subject that preoccupied both of the composers she features. As with Licht, Stockhausen’s cycle of ...

23 hours, 51 minutes ago   -  

Shocking? No, just true to the fiery spirit of Brecht | Vanessa Thorpe

Of course there is swearing in the National’s production of The Threepenny Opera. The play is an attack on bourgeois valuesEver wanted to stand up in front of a vast crowd of genteel, cultured people – perhaps the packed auditorium of ...

May 27   -  

Philharmonia/Salonen review – rare Stravinsky from Russia with love

Royal Festival Hall, London The semi-staged renderings of Renard and Mavra were compelling, but Les Noces could have been presented more clearly / Stravinsky left Russia in 1914, on the eve of the first world war. He did not ...

May 27   -  

Five of the best... classical concerts

The Music Of Silence | Wigmore Hall 115th anniversary | Duets In A Frame | La Voix Humaine | Eugene Onegin / Garsington Opera’s new season begins with the greatest of Tchaikovsky’s operas. Michael Boyd directs and ...

May 27   -  

It's still alive! Prometheus, inspiring art for three millennia

From Beethoven to Ex Machina, Mary Shelley to Schubert, the 2,800-year-old myth has amazing longevity. The Aurora Orchestra celebrate its music in a concert this weekend / For the concert programmer, the myth of Prometheus – and the ...

May 27   -  

Ring the changes: my austerity Wagner with Opera North

The Ring cycle may be the pinnacle of operatic ambition, but, as Opera North’s critically acclaimed production shows, it needn’t cost the earth to perform or watch. Conductor Richard Farnes reflects on an affordable epicMy first real ...
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