More establishment than experimental, classifying the late composer is no easy task
Igor Fyodorovitch Stravinsky
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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’).
Monday 25 April 2011
Sometimes one needs to read programme-notes in advance, sometimes it’s wise not to. It was definitely a mistake to read what concept-choreographer Klaus Obermaier had to say about the ‘live 3-D visuals’ he was going to impose (with the aid of a dancer) on the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’.
Thursday 07 April 2011
When the Arts Council axe fell last week, the Britten Sinfonia was one of the few musical clients to emerge significantly richer, in recognition of its ground-breaking work both abroad and in less culturally-favoured parts of Britain.
Malcolm Smith: Boosey & Hawkes manager whose expertise made him a mainstay of the classical music scene
Friday 11 March 2011
Malcolm Smith was one of those unsung heroes whose efforts glue the fabric of musical life together. Joining the music publisher Boosey & Hawkes as manager of the Hire Library in 1969, he got to know thousands of musicians, whose decisions often depended on his efficiency. If you were a conductor or orchestral manager planning to perform, say, Stravinsky's Rite of Spring or an opera-house intendant putting on Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, it was Smith and his team who made sure the performing material – the parts the musicians put on their music-stands – was up to date and delivered on time.
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