As the Royal Opera opens its new Don Giovanni, Jessica Duchen argues that its theme of moral vacuity is as relevant now as in Mozart's day
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Monday 28 January 2013
Yoshikazu Jumei rarely gives piano recitals in the West, and the Wigmore was packed with a largely Japanese audience, due no doubt to the fact that the proceeds would go towards helping the victims of the 2011 tsunami.
Monday 28 January 2013
Since the Polish-Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska returned to the stage three years ago after a long time out, her story has earned her legendary status.
Friday 25 January 2013
'I'd love to see Mozart on stage playing vintage synths'
Wednesday 16 January 2013
Destination: Milk International. This week plans were announced to rename San Francisco's airport after the gay rights activist and politician, Harvey Milk, who was assassinated in 1978 while serving as a city supervisor.
Tuesday 08 January 2013
Wigmore Hall, London
Sunday 06 January 2013
The message for Syrians was clear: the army is the bedrock of power
Sunday 30 December 2012
Northern Ireland Opera toured with the unsettling adaptation of the Henry James ghost story, and Simon Rattle thrilled us again
Monday 17 December 2012
Prokofiev’s ‘Visions fugitives’ are popular these days, so the Melodya label’s newly-released archive recording of the composer playing these piano miniatures comes à propos, and it also shows how wide of the mark most contemporary performances are.
Wednesday 12 December 2012
From candlelit concerts to the famous King’s College Choir, we pick the best of this year’s celebrations of song
Thursday 29 November 2012
Christianity is part of our history so should be taught to children - it's not indoctrination.
Wednesday 21 November 2012
There’s no definitive way to play Beethoven’s piano sonatas: there’s an infinite number, as befits this New Testament of classical pianism. Daniel Barenboim’s way, in his Southbank cycle four years ago, may not have been flawless, but it was utterly beguiling.
Tuesday 13 November 2012
Private patronage was always the trigger for the composition of classical music, and it’s good to know the system is still alive and well: George Law decided to celebrate his 80th birthday by commissioning a piano quintet from Jonathan Dove.
Friday 09 November 2012
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Monday 22 October 2012
Arguments about what kind of music is best, what will survive the test of time, miss the point
Friday 19 October 2012
Despite its origins in Spanish legend, Spain is not important to Mozart’s and da Ponte’s Don Giovanni. So the placing of the story in the context of the early 1960s in Alessandro Talevi’s new production for Opera North is non-controversial.
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