More establishment than experimental, classifying the late composer is no easy task
Igor Fyodorovitch Stravinsky
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Friday 25 January 2013
The Week in Books
Sunday 06 January 2013
As belts continue to tighten, don't be too surprised by a sense of déjà vu, as theatres pad their schedules with known quantities (hello again, 50th-anniversary revival of West Side Story). This may be good news for those who missed, say, Akram Khan's marvellous Desh first and second times around (catch it once and for all at Sadler's Wells in June), or Sutra, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's mesmerising date with 20 plywood cubes, and the Shaolin Monks (Sadler's Wells, March). But it's also good news for Scottish Ballet, who have persuaded Matthew Bourne to let them loose on Highland Fling, his deliciously grungy 1994 update on La Sylphide. It tours four Scottish venues in April and May.
Tuesday 03 July 2012
‘In a park, at twilight, a tennis ball has got lost; a young man and two girls come looking for it. They start to play hide and seek, chase each other, quarrel and sulk...’
Monday 11 June 2012
Birtwistle, Ades, Turnage, Benjamin – when people reel off their list of living British opera composers, they seldom mention Oliver Knussen, which is strange.
Saturday 26 May 2012
German label Wergo is marking its 50th anniversary with this five-CD box featuring one album from each decade of its existence.
Sunday 13 May 2012
One bar into this timely celebration of his work and the composer's identity could not be in doubt.
Monday 16 April 2012
A showcase for three young conductors, a malfunction at the printers, and for the first time in my experience no programmes for the audience and the prospect of blind-tasting their talents.
Sunday 25 March 2012
You can teach an old bird new tricks – but they might not be as good as the old ones
Sunday 25 March 2012
Stravinsky's morality tale is given a spirited and purposeful reading by singers and orchestra alike
Tuesday 20 March 2012
Workshopping is all the rage in experimental opera at present, and Tete a tete - with a distinguished history of making magic with limited means – has workshopped Circus Tricks in a wide variety of contexts, with numerous transformations.
Monday 12 December 2011
The French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet may be in his mid-forties, but he’s going for the slow burn on this side of the Channel: he’s probably better known to audiences in Beijing (where his Beethoven has caused a sensation) and in the Lofoten islands of Norway (where he runs a piano festival) than he is to audiences in Britain.
Friday 02 September 2011
The week in culture
Monday 29 August 2011
Sir Colin Davis's vim and vigour has always seemed so eternal that it was strange, not to say difficult, to discover him conducting now from a chair.
Thursday 25 August 2011
Sir Colin Davis’ vim and vigour has always seemed so eternal, so unaffected by the advancing years, that it was strange, not to say difficult, to discover him conducting now from a chair.
Thursday 28 July 2011
Pascal Dusapin’s ‘String Quartet No 6’ is scored for the unusual combination of string quartet plus orchestra, and has two subtitles: ‘Hinterland’, and ‘Hapax’ (ancient Greek for ‘once’).
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