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August 30   -  

Watch Anne-Sophie Mutter play extracts from The Four Seasons at the Edinburgh international festival

The German violinist has been playing at the Edinburgh international festival, and we’ve got an exclusive video of her / The Edinburgh international festival has been offering a wide and varied programme of music both classical and ...

August 30   -  

The Magic Flute at Edinburgh festival review – unforgettable and exhausting

Festival theatre, Edinburgh The Magic Flute as a silent film works like a manic dream in Barrie Kosky and theatre company 1927’s visually stunning productionThe Magic Flute has always stood apart. Mozart and his ...

August 30   -  

Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal: Musique de Nuit review – entranching fusion follow-up

(No Format)The Malian kora player and French cellist raised dust with 2011’s Chamber Music, which pulled two seemingly incompatible instruments into a startling, neoclassical fusion. Musique de Nuit maintains the momentum. ...

August 30   -  

Vaughan Williams & Goetz Piano Quintets in C minor CD review – let’s hear it for the double bass

Fabergé Quintet, Yoko Kikuchi (piano) (ES-DUR)The lowest of the stringed instruments, the double bass has few opportunities in chamber music. Schubert’s Trout Quintet (violin, viola, cello, bass and piano) is a rare exception. The ...

August 30   -  

Lang, Berio, Olivero: Song of Songs CD review – full of surprises

Trio Mediaeval (Louth Contemporary Music Society)The spirited Louth Contemporary Music Society initiates performances of contemporary music in and around Drogheda and Dundalk, and makes a speciality of themed CD releases. These works by David ...

August 30   -  

Brett Dean: Epitaphs, Eclipse (String Quartet No 1) etc CD review – tense, tender and original

Doric String Quartet, Allison Bell (soprano) (Chandos)It is impossible to talk about the chamber music of the Australian composer Brett Dean without mentioning that he was principal viola of the Berlin Philharmonic. Inevitably he understands string ...

August 29   -  

How Franz Schmidt became the composer that history forgot

The radiant music of Austrian composer Franz Schmidt, once feted by the Nazis, is haunted by its past. Ahead of the Proms premiere of his Symphony No 2, Gavin Plumley explains why it is time to listen afresh / Franz Schmidt was a smiling, ...

August 28   -  

Bergen PO/Litton review – personal and authoritative

Royal Albert Hall, London The Bergen’s departing chief conductor, Andrew Litton, showed his mettle throughout a programme featuring The Rite of Spring and new works by Ørjan Matre and Alissa Firsova / There were not ...

August 27   -  

Tishchenko: Piano Sonatas 7 & 8 CD review – fearless and penetrating playing

Nicolas Stavy (BIS) / Boris Tishchenko was a Soviet composer of dark and exuberantly offbeat music. He wrote a lot, and what he wrote was generally not shy. He charted the struggle of Soviet artists in his vehement orchestral song-cycle ...

August 27   -  

Barenboim to take Berlin orchestra to Iran despite protests from Israel

Israeli-Argentinian conductor’s planned September concert postponed as organisers look for a new date in wake of protests from Israeli officials / Daniel Barenboim, one of the world’s foremost music conductors, is planning to take ...
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