Why Birds Sing. A Remarkable Musical Exploration with the Aurora Orchestra


 Messiaen, Dean, Ligeti, Beethoven, Why Birds Sing: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano); Samuel West (narrator); Aurora Orchestra / Nicholas Collon (conductor). Jane Mitchell (creative director); Annalisa Salis (illustration); William Reynolds (animation, projection, lighting and stage design); Ian Dearden (sound). Royal Festival Hall, London, 24.9.2017. (CC)

NR 17-09-24 648

Aurora Orchestra’s Why Birds Sing (c) Nick Rutter

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Two Helpings of Stravinsky Ballets from Rattle and the LSO: Rich Fare Indeed



Stravinsky: London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (conductor), Barbican Concert Hall, London, 21.9.2017 and 24.9.2017. (AS)

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Vladimir Jurowski, the LPO and a Fine Cast Immerse the Audience in Enescu’s Oedipe


Enescu, Oedipe (concert performance):  Soloists, Choir of the George Enescu Philharmonic, Romanian Radio Children’s Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski. Royal Festival Hall, London 22.9.2017. (JPr)

Paul Gay as 'Oedipe' with Vladimir Jurwoski conducting LPO at RFH

Paul Gay (Oedipe) with Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO (c) Allex Max

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Sir Harrison Birtwistle Makes His Mark on the This is Rattle Festival



This is Rattle: Varèse, Machaut, Byrd and Birtwistle: BBC Singers; Nash Ensemble / Martyn Brabbins (conductor). Milton Court Concert Hall, London, 23.9.2017. (CC) Read more

‘Achieved is the glorious work’. A Splendid Haydn Performance Launches the CBSO’s 2017/18 Season.


Haydn: Lydia Teuscher (soprano); Thomas Hobbs (tenor); Matthew Brook (bass-baritone); CBSO Chorus; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (conductor), Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 21.9.2017. (JQ) Read more

Saffron Opera’s Götterdämmerung Sees the End of Everything and Audience on their Feet



Wagner, Götterdämmerung (concert performance): Soloists, Saffron Opera Group Chorus and Orchestra / Michael Thorne (conductor). Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex, 17.9.2017. (JPr) Read more

The LSO are Memorable Berlioz as Part of the This is Rattle Festival



Berlioz, La Damnation de Faust: Bryan Hymel (Faust); Karen Cargill (Marguerite); Christopher Purves (Méphistophélès); Gábor Bretz (Brander); Tiffin Boys’ Choir; Tiffin Girls’ Choir; London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Barbican Hall, London, 7.9.2017. (CC)

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Irresistible Story Telling from Christiane Karg and Gerold Huber


Schubert, Schumann, Pfitzner, Mahler: Christiane Karg (soprano); Gerold Huber (piano). Wigmore Hall, London, 16.9.2017. (CC)


Christiane Karg © Gisela Schenker

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