More establishment than experimental, classifying the late composer is no easy task
Igor Fyodorovitch Stravinsky
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Thursday 20 August 2009
Father-and-son Apollo and Orpheus wove their way through everything in Proms 39 and 40, barring a pleasant but unremarkable exercise in string textures by Radiohead star Johnny Greenwood.
Tuesday 18 August 2009
The Mariinsky Ballet celebrates George Balanchine, in the only mixed bill of this London season. Sometimes they're on top of this choreography, sometimes not.
Sunday 16 August 2009
Kat'a Kabanová, Opera Holland Park, London<br></br>BBC Proms PCM2, 15 & 16, Cadogan Hall / Royal Albert Hall, London
Sunday 02 August 2009
Un ballo in maschera, Opera Holland Park, London<br/>Proms 5 & 6, Royal Albert Hall, London<br/>Orpheus and Euridice, Blackheath Halls, London
Saturday 25 July 2009
Saturday 25 July 2009
Power of the Proms: The diverse 115th season features many highlights from Stravinsky and Purcell to...Goldie
Thursday 16 July 2009
The Proms are here again! Summer in London wouldn't be the same without the annual extravaganza of classical music that fills the Royal Albert Hall for nearly two months, and the queues of Promenaders waiting in all weather, sometimes for hours and more, to grab the best places and stand yards away from the planet's greatest soloists and conductors, all for but a fiver. It's surely not only the world's largest music festival, as the BBC likes to bill it, but also its most beloved.
Sunday 21 June 2009
It seems like an odd combination, but this framing of the Russian gadfly's neoclassical Violin Concerto in D with the sorrowful Finn's resinous Third and watery Sixth Symphonies is remarkably persuasive.
Monday 20 April 2009
At the close of their 5-day residency at London’s South Bank Centre the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra played “Nimrod” from Elgar’s Enigma Variations with such unbridled fervour as to suggest that Venezuela might be our last remaining colony.
Saturday 18 April 2009
Monday 23 March 2009
Harry Christophers has put together a programme of Purcell and James Macmillan for the 30th anniversary Choral Pilgrimage around Britain of his justly celebrated chamber choir The Sixteen. And although the dryish Queen Elizabeth Hall is hardly flattering to choral textures, such was the focus and intensity of their approach that the music suffered surprisingly little. Whether the programme worked as a whole was another matter.
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