It's not hard to understand why Nino Machaidze has become something of an overnight sensation since her 2008 breakthrough in Roméo et Juliette at Salzburg. In this selection, the Georgian coloratura soprano combines phrasing of nuanced subtlety with top notes of stunning power, ranging from the lilting, seductive “Quando men vo” from La Bohème to the impassioned gusto of her dramatic Violetta in an extended scene from La Traviata climaxing with a joyous “Sempre libera”.
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Wednesday 09 January 2013
Wednesday 09 January 2013
Intrusive applause can spoil a classical concert, leading conductors tell Simon O'Hagan
Wednesday 19 December 2012
A former BBC radio producer for Jimmy Savile is understood to be the latest person to be arrested by police investigating sexual abuse by the broadcaster.
Wednesday 12 December 2012
The late Ravi Shankar became known in the West through his association with The Beatles. But there was far more to the man George Harrison called the "godfather" of world music. He was a champion of crossover in its fullest sense. His sitar spoke to all our souls.
Tuesday 04 December 2012
Former 1980s pop musician Elizabeth Price was last night awarded the Turner Prize for her "seductive and immersive" video trilogy, the first video artist to win for over a decade.
Sunday 25 November 2012
The public image of Tulisa Contostavlos has taken a battering over the past year, her positive approval ratings diminished by factors both beyond her control (the leaked sex tape), and very much within it (the tacky tattoo she flashed to pimp her perfume on The X Factor).
Sunday 18 November 2012
We didn't know how lucky we were. In five short years, we've fallen from the Sugababes and Girls Aloud to the Saturdays and Little Mix.
Mike Harding - the voice of folk music on Radio 2 for 15 years - sacked by the station in a single phone call
Wednesday 17 October 2012
The musician, who will be replaced as presenter by Mark Radcliffe, claimed no reason was given for the sacking
Tuesday 16 October 2012
France's Elvis is the perfect gentleman on his first British date
Sunday 14 October 2012
If CHTM includes references to motherhood beyond its title, that's hardly surprising: during its gestation, Wainwright became a mother herself and lost her own (the folk legend Kate McGarrigle).
Sunday 12 August 2012
Ivan Fischer's exhilarating recording of Mahler's First with the Budapest Festival Orchestra dispels the sick-room air that hung inevitably over last year's centenary commemorations.
Sunday 29 April 2012
An album devoted to the examination of the bits left when hearts get broken.
Sunday 01 April 2012
Received wisdom suggests this urban-ish popster is the first "credible" signing to Cowell's Syco label, in so much as he's emerged organically via initial success as a writer/producer.
Thursday 22 March 2012
Provoking the indignation of patriotic Americans and traditionalist Brits alike is something perhaps only a Canadian would so gladly risk, but then Neil Young has never been afraid of ruffling a few feathers with his music.
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