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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 ...

May 26   -  

Anthony Burgess: Orchestral Music CD review – dispatched with spirit

Brown University Orchestra/Phillips (Naxos) / “I wish people would think of me as a musician who writes novels, instead of a novelist who writes music on the side,” Anthony Burgess wrote in the Economist in 1991. Fat chance of that, ...

May 26   -  

Ibragimova and Tiberghien: Mozart Violin Sonatas CD review – beautifully calibrated

Ibragimova/Tiberghien (Hyperion) / The cover says Violin Sonatas, but the tracklist says Sonatas for Keyboard and Violin – and as this is Mozart, both descriptions apply. The balance between pianist Cédric Tiberghien and violinist ...

May 26   -  

Gál and Mozart Piano Concertos CD review – underlining skilful transparency

Briggs/Royal Northern Sinfonia/Woods (Avie) / Conductor Kenneth Woods and the Royal Northern Sinfonia have been recording Hans Gál’s symphonies recently; now they combine, joining pianist Sarah Beth Briggs, to blow the dust off the ...

May 26   -  

Chopin: Fantaisie, Op 49; Mozart: Sonata, K284; Liszt: Dante Sonata review – flashes of brilliance

Yulianna Avdeeva (Mirare) / Since she won what is perhaps the most prestigious of all piano competitions, the Warsaw Chopin, in 2010, audiences in the UK have had relatively few chances to hear Yulianna Avdeeva, either live or on disc. What ...

May 25   -  

Exclusive video: Stuart Skelton and Heidi Melton perform the love duet from ENO's Tristan and Isolde

Watch the two singers - who star as Wagner’s ill-fated lovers in ENO’s new production - rehearse the love duet from act two of Tristan and Isolde. Edward Gardner conducts the English National Opera orchestra / Rehearsal images below ...

May 25   -  

Benjamin: Dream of the Song; Lindberg: Era CD review – RCO explores new horizons

Mehta/Netherlands Chamber Choir/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Benjamin/Robertson/Harding/Tan Dun (RCO Live) / Horizon, the Royal Concertgebouw’s series devoted to contemporary music, has become a very useful chronicle of what that great ...

May 25   -  

4.48 Psychosis review – Venables brings Sarah Kane's savage text to musical life

Lyric Hammersmith, London Philip Venables proves he’s one of the finest composers around with an intricate score inspired by Kane’s very personal story of clinical depression / The first opera to be based on the ...

May 24   -  

Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Glyndebourne review - energy and spirit but the comedy is hit and miss

Glyndebourne, Lewes There’s much to enjoy in Annabel Arden’s new production of Rossini’s comedy, and it is musically impressive once it gets going / Glyndebourne’s new production of Il Barbiere di ...
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