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July 28   -  

BBCNOW/Van Steen at the Proms review – outpouring of grief and nostalgia

Royal Albert Hall, London The energetic Dutch conductor guides the tremendous BBC National Orchestra of Wales through Michael Berkeley’s unsparing memorial to his late wife / Given its world premiere by Chloë ...

July 28   -  

Grande Messe des Morts review – a momentous aural experience

Gloucester Cathedral Conductor Edward Gardner balanced the vast colours vividly as Gloucester Cathedral’s acoustics added an extra dimension to Berlioz’s colossal work / Berlioz conceived his Grande Messe des Morts ...

July 27   -  

Edinburgh festival offers refunds for controversial opera before opening

Christophe Honoré’s Così fan tutte has been described as a ‘provocative and sexually explicit’ adaptation Mozart’s opera / The Edinburgh international festival has been criticised for offering refunds for a new ...

July 27   -  

Kodály: Duo; Ravel: Sonata, etc CD review – brilliant string duos from Fischer and Müller-Schott

Fischer/Müller-Schott (Orfeo) / The two instruments may be cornerstones of orchestral and chamber music, and both have such significant solo repertories of their own, but the music composed for violin and cello together ...

July 27   -  

BBCSO/Davis at the Proms review – vivid depictions of natural illusions

Royal Albert Hall, London Anthony Payne’s 80th birthday commission is a substantial, beautifully crafted symphonic poem and choral work in the tradition of Bax and Bridge / Anthony Payne’s major orchestral works ...

July 26   -  

Marni Nixon obituary

The ‘ghost’ who sang for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, for Deborah Kerr in The King and I and for Natalie Wood in West Side Story / Millions of filmgoers who enjoyed the singing of Deborah Kerr in The King and I (1956), Natalie ...

July 26   -  

Sir Roger Norrington: 'I'm against music being handed down from on high'

No vibrato, principal violinists facing each other, audiences encouraged to applaud between movements … the great conductor celebrates the unorthodox at the Proms this week / It is typical of Sir Roger Norrington that one of the greatest ...

July 26   -  

LPO/Jurowski at the Proms review – lush Lindberg partners Beethoven

Royal Albert Hall, London Vladimir Jurowski oversaw a cerebral performance of the Ninth symphony, after the debut of Magnus Lindberg’s prequel Two Episodes / Who would dare write a prequel to ...

July 26   -  

Ravel: 'One is glad to have his exquisite art as part of the world’s music'

From the classical archive, 22 October 1928: a review of a performance in London by the composer and pianist who ‘transcends his limitations’ / London, Sunday Mr Gordon Bryan was fortunate in ...

July 26   -  

Nishat Khan review – sitar maestro turns rock guitarist

Barbican, London The Indian musician matched rapid-fire playing with power chords in a set that occasionally demonstrated technique at the expense of emotion / Ravi Shankar brought the sitar to a global audience and his death ...
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