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July 26   -  

Prom 17: BBC Philharmonic/Mena – review

Royal Albert Hall, London / Why are there not more dance proms? The Albert Hall stage may be cramped, but tell that to the Antonio Márquez Company, who took it over for the second half of this concert. While their ...

July 26   -  

Margaret Atwood makes opera debut

Novelist writes libretto for production exploring the life of legendary Canadian poet and actor Pauline Johnson / Margaret Atwood is set to make her debut as the author of an opera libretto, 15 years after she began work on ...

July 26   -  

London contemporary music festival: a new twist on a classical concept

Peckham car park is playing host to an event that aims to draw contemporary classical music back to the centre of cultural life / Contemporary classical music in Britain has always been pushed to the physical and cultural ...

July 26   -  

Why the Proms Ring cycle is realising Wagner's true intent

Wagner wanted to write opera for the people - works that were accessible financially and socially for as many as possible. In that sense, as well as the quality of the work on stage, Daniel Barenboim's Proms cycle is a truly ...

July 25   -  

Various Artists: Selected Signs III-VIII – review

(ECM) / No prizes for guessing that a six-disc box-set in which Steve Reich, Jan Garbarek, CPE Bach, Norma Winstone, Arvo Pärt and dozens of others rub shoulders is an ECM production. This seven-hour compilation was made ...

July 25   -  

William Sweeney: Tree O'Licht; The Poet Tells of his Fame; Cello Sonata – review

Irvine/Lahesmaa/Pavri (Delphian) / Now in his early 60s, William Sweeney is a clarinettist, conductor and academic (currently professor of music at Glasgow University) besides being a composer, and the influences on his own ...

July 25   -  

Mozart: Piano Concertos K415, 456, 466 and 482 – review

Finghin Collins/RTE National SO (RTE Lyric FM, two CDs) / Finghin Collins's discs for Claves in its survey of Schumann's piano music were very impressive, but it's much harder for him to create such a positive impression with ...

July 25   -  

Salvatore Sciarrino: Il Cantiere del Poema; Tre Duetti con l'Eco, etc – review

Radziejewska/Ensemble Algoritmo/Angius (Stradivarius) / Three works composed in the past seven years fill in some more gaps in the picture of Salvatore Sciarrino's formidably extensive output. The most intriguing is the most ...

July 25   -  

Cipriano de Rore: Missa Doulce Mémoire; Missa a Note Negre, etc – review

Brabant Ensemble/Rice (Hyperion) / Cipriano de Rore (c1515–1565) was born in Flanders, but spent his musical life in Italy, probably working first in Venice before becoming maestro di capella to the Este court ...

July 25   -  

Glyndebourne 2013: Hippolyte et Aricie – synopsis and cast/creatives

. / SynopsisPrologue Diana, chaste goddess of the moon and the hunt, and Cupid, god of love, argue over who will dominate. Their quarrel is settled by Jupiter, who decrees that love will rule over all hearts ...

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