Last autumn Helene Grimaud released a fine recording of Brahms’ piano concertos under the baton of Andris Nelsons: to hear them perform the second concerto live with the Philharmonia Orchestra was to realise anew what a superb symbiosis they can achieve.
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Monday 29 July 2013
The Proms may never be the same again after the extraordinary heights achieved by the concert performance of Wagner’s Ring Cycle on almost consecutive nights last week as the composer intended.
Sunday 28 July 2013
The curtain came down on the 2012 Games with Usain Bolt crossing the line out in front for his third gold. It was only right athletics' ultimate showman had the final say inside the same venue as he anchored a Jamaican quartet to victory in the 4x100m relay.
Friday 26 July 2013
The small size, thin sound and restricted harmonic adaptability of 18th-century harps explains the paucity of serious repertoire for the instrument. Virtually the only work of note Mozart wrote for the harp is the Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra in C major, commissioned by an amateur father/daughter duo, here given a subtle but rousing interpretation by de Maistre, his harp trailing delicate tendrils around Magali Mosnier's lead flute line. Elsewhere, de Maistre has capitalised on advances in harp design to perform re-arranged versions of the popular Sonata Facile and the Concerto for Keyboard and Orchestra No 19 in F major.
Friday 26 July 2013
'Barbra Streisand is always a joy to watch'
Friday 26 July 2013
The audiences for this immense work ought to be disappearing. In fact, they're growing
Tuesday 23 July 2013
For a Proms audience chock-a-block with enthusiasts determined not to be distracted by Royal baby news or excessive heat, Daniel Barenboim took the Proms podium to open Das Rheingold – the first opera in the Proms’ hungrily-anticipated, first-ever Ring cycle. Moments later, that spacious E flat build-up was immersing us in some seriously luxurious Wagnerian waters.
Classical review: Proms 10 and 11 - Jan Lisiecki makes his proms debut, and Ex Cathedra astonish with Stockhausen
Monday 22 July 2013
Prom 10 – Lisiecki, Santa Cecilia, Pappano (****)
Prom 11 – Ex Cathedra, Skidmore (*****)
Thursday 18 July 2013
Love lessons in a strictly minor key
Saturday 13 July 2013
There is no entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for William Webster the younger, founder of the Blackheath Halls, Blackheath Conservatoire and now defunct Blackheath College of Art.
Friday 12 July 2013
Production chronicles the story of a divisive new toll road scheduled to slice through a village
Thursday 11 July 2013
Judge Denise Cote said the company "played a central role in facilitating and executing [...] conspiracy"
Friday 05 July 2013
One of my favourite albums of recent years has been Teodoro Anzellotti's accordion version of the Goldberg Variations, and elsewhere, Scandinavian and Baltic practitioners seem able to wrest more interesting effects from the instrument.
Sunday 30 June 2013
Scrum-half shows leadership and invention to outwit the Lions defence
Album review: Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth, Debussy: La Mer, Première Suite d'Orchestre (Musicales Actes Sud/ Harmonia Mundi)
Friday 28 June 2013
Usually, period-instrument performance involves the wielding of antiquaria like sackbut and theorbo in renaissance settings.
Saturday 22 June 2013
Francesco Piemontesi brings together two oddities: Schumann's Piano Concerto is a dreamlike dialogue between soloist and orchestra, while Dvorák's rather dull work has slid into obscurity.
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