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July 29   -  Guardian

Philharmonia/Ashkenazy – review

Gloucester cathedralEven in this year of musical-anniversary overload, the Three Choirs festival's was significant. The 1913 festival – held, like this year's, in Gloucester – included the world premiere of one ...

July 29   -  Guardian

Ring cycle day four: every one of my preconceptions has been proved wrong

Sara Mohr-Pietsch realises you don't need to be an expert to tackle Wagner's Ring cycleIt took God six days to create the world. In just seven, Richard Wagner (with a little help from Daniel Barenboim) has managed to ...

July 29   -  Guardian

Prom 20: Götterdämmerung – review

Royal Albert Hall, LondonFor anyone experiencing Wagner's Ring cycle, the final opera is not just an endpoint but a culmination. The audience response at the close of this extraordinary Proms performance founded on Daniel ...

July 28   -  Guardian

Prom 19: Tristan und Isolde – review

Royal Albert Hall, LondonWagner famously broke off work on the Ring after Act 2 of Siegfried in order to write Tristan und Isolde, arguably his greatest score and, given that it rewrote the musical rule book, certainly his ...

July 28   -  Guardian

Prom 18: Siegfried – review

Royal Albert Hall, LondonMoving on to the cycle's third segment, the Proms' traversal of Wagner's Ring continued to maintain exceptional standards. With the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim at the centre of ...

July 28   -  Guardian

Das Rheingold/Die Walküre – review

Bayreuth festivalIn Britain, Wagner's Ring in the composer's bicentenary year has already brought acclaimed cycles at the Longborough festival and the BBC Proms. In the wider Wagnerian cosmos, however, the most ...

July 28   -  Guardian

Proms 14 & 15: Das Rheingold/Die Walküre – review

Royal Albert Hall, LondonConductors need a sense of timing. It is the least we ask of them, whatever else they might offer. Daniel Barenboim reaches levels of synchronicity beyond the musical, embracing world politics, ...

July 28   -  Guardian

Palestrina: Cantica Salomonis – review

Palestrina Ensemble Munich/Schubert (Naxos)Palestrina's place in musical history is assured by his mass settings which so firmly hit the Counter-Reformation button of being intelligible, not over-decorated, and devotional ...

 

July 28   -  Guardian

Judith Bingham: Choral Music – review

Wells Cathedral Choir/Owens (Hyperion)Choral music is a sphere that welcomes the new. The Anglican (mainly) church is a leading source of new commissions for countless composers, among them Judith Bingham (b1952), who ...

 

July 27   -  Guardian

Ring cycle day three: Siegfried's growing pains sound wonderful

Wagner's music continues to work its subtle magic, and we meet the teenager from hell.Three days have passed since we left Brünnhilde on a mountain-top, fast asleep in a circle of fire. In that time, two miracles ...
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