The Labour leader has been rightly scorned for music that merely ticked boxes. He could so easily have been a lot less boring…
Ralph Vaughan Williams
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Classical review: Hadland's Beethoven, the Temple Choir's Britten, and Anthony Payne's excellent new Vaughan Williams orchestration
Thursday 05 September 2013
Prom 69 – Hadland, Oslo Phil, Petrenko (****)
Prom 70 – Davies, Morris, Temple Choir, BBC Singers, Hill (***)
Prom 71 – Hughes, Johnston, BBCSO, Vanska (****)
Classical review: Elder and the Halle deliver a majestic Parsifal, the Signum and Hadland excel in Brahms
Monday 26 August 2013
Prom 57 - Parsifal, Choruses of the ROH, Trinity, Halle Orchestra/Elder (****)
PCM 10 – Signum Quartet, Hadland (*****)
Friday 23 August 2013
Depending on the role his unique, sonorous voice could be sinister, comic or imposing
Thursday 18 April 2013
Here are the listings of the BBC Proms season 2013 in full:
Friday 15 February 2013
The composer drew on experiences in the First World War
Tuesday 06 November 2012
The history of ENO’s production of Vaughan Williams’s ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ reflects a multiple triumph. This is the first full professional British staging since its premiere was overseen by the 79-year-old composer at the Festival of Britain in 1951 - and 79 is the age of this production’s Japanese director Yoshi Oida.
Thursday 25 October 2012
It’s good when chamber musicians break the mould and dare to do something different, and Philip Venables’s ‘Romanticism’ deserved a hearing, particularly as it was a Wigmore commission.
Wednesday 01 August 2012
If Prom 22 seemed flung together at random - nothing related to anything else - Prom 23 was, if anything, too much all of a piece.
Friday 06 April 2012
Jim Moray's filtering of traditional folk music through a mesh of modern sensibilities continues on Skulk, where eight adaptations of old ballads are punctuated by impassioned versions of Anais Mitchell's fretful "If It's True" and Fleetwood Mac's "Big Love".
Saturday 24 December 2011
Friday 21 October 2011
John Wilson is probably best known for his light-entertainment orchestral work, especially his restorations of classic film scores – a background which, it turns out, equips him well for this anthology of British musical landscapes.
Proms 47, 49 & 53, Royal Albert Hall, London<br/>London Contemporary Orchestra, Roundhouse, Camden, London<br/>Don Giovanni, Soho Theatre, London
Sunday 28 August 2011
Sunday 07 August 2011
Wednesday 20 July 2011
It’s testimony to the extraordinary interest which counter-tenor Iestyn Davies now arouses that his weekday lunchtime recital was packed.
Sunday 12 June 2011
Presents unwrapped, turkey gobbled... it's time to relax
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