Not a regular in the public eye this one.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Eugene Onegin, Blackheath Halls, London<br/>La Rondine, Holland Park, London<br/>The Turn of the Screw, King’s Head Theatre, London
Sunday 17 July 2011
Sunday 10 July 2011
Basement Jaxx's music has always hinted at the epic and symphonic, so one can understand the temptation to take things one step further by employing an actual orchestra, Metropole Orkest of the Netherlands, to reinterpret their hits in quasi-classical mode.
Friday 03 June 2011
The latest in Signum's edition of live recordings of the Philharmonia Orchestra is one of the most satisfying, featuring the late Charles Mackerras conducting Tchaikovsky's Pathétique.
Tuesday 31 May 2011
One of the sensations of last year's opera calendar was the London showing of Dmitri Tcherniakov's revelatory Bolshoi staging of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.
Friday 13 May 2011
As sometimes happens in live performances a soloist’s encore might display a brilliance and precision that one might have felt lacking in the main event – or, in this case, events.
Album: Gidon Kremer, Gierdre Dirvanauskaite, Khatia Buniatishvili, Tchaikovsky, Kissine: Piano Trios (ECM New Series)
Friday 22 April 2011
Gidon Kremer's dazzling trio here offers two contrasting approaches to the Piano Trio, both offering unexpected pleasures. Tchaikovsky was unsuited to the task of writing such a trio, being unable to bear the combination of piano with cello or violin.
Friday 15 April 2011
This splendid recording of Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, whose young players hail from all sides of the various Middle East divides, displays their consummate harmonious communality in their interpretations of these two pieces.
Wednesday 30 March 2011
Robert Tear's very successful operatic career lasted for over 40 years. Renowned for his Handel and Mozart, the Welsh tenor was also particularly admired for his roles in operas by Britten and several other 20th century composers. Though mainstream Italian opera figured rarely in his repertory, Russian and German works offered him many opportunities to display his vocal and dramatic skills.
Friday 11 March 2011
Pet Shop Boys have come a long way since the ill-fated disco musical Closer to Heaven.
Tuesday 01 March 2011
Sunday 27 February 2011
Saturday 26 February 2011
Despite a varied career encompassing almost six decades of film, television and stage work, Nicholas Courtney will always be remembered for one role above all others.
Album: Higdon / Tchaikovsky, Violin Concertos – Hahn / Petrenko / Royal Liverpool Phil (Deutsche Grammophon)
Sunday 20 February 2011
Tailor-made for Hilary Hahn's cool, brilliant sound, Jennifer Higdon's 2008 Violin Concerto has the swagger of an established favourite.
Friday 21 January 2011
Wednesday 19 January 2011
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