The BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena: Worthwhile Foulds but Messiaen Deserves More


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Prom 38. Foulds, Messiaen Steven Osborne (piano): Valérie Hartmann-Claverie (ondes martinet): Upper Voices of the London Symphony Chorus; BBC Philharmonic/Juanjo Mena. Royal Albert Hall, London, 13.8.2015 (CC) Read more

Brilliantly Calibrated Symphonie Fantastique with a Touch of Authenticity



Edinburgh International Festival 2015 (7) – Berlioz: Michael Spyres (tenor), Laurent Naouri (bass), Peter Eyre (narrator), National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCOS), Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique / John Eliot Gardiner (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 13.8.2015 (SRT) Read more

Theatricality and Complexity Communicated with Thoroughness and Clarity at the Proms


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Prom 36: Boulez, Ravel, Stravinsky: Marc-André Hamelin (piano), BBC Symphony Orchestra, François-Xavier Roth (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 12.8.2015 (LJ) Read more

Revelatory Performances from Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra


 Salzburg Festival (4) – Debussy, Boulez, and Tchaikovsky: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim (conductor). Grosses Festspielhaus, 12.8.2015 (MB) Read more

Thoughtfully Conceived Journeys in Song from Christiane Karg and Malcolm Martineau


 Salzburg Festival (3) – Wolf, Montsalvatge, Duparc, Ravel, Hahn, Koechlin, Poulenc, and Barber: Christiane Karg (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano). Mozarteum, Salzburg, 11.8.2015 (MB) Read more

Skilfully Improvised Musical Hilarity on Edinburgh’s Fringe



 Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 (1) – Showstopper! The Improvised Musical: Pleasance Courtyard, 11.08.2015 (SRT)

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Pic Steve Ullathorne

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A Magnificent Evening at Salzburg with Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexico


 Salzburg Festival (2) – Rihm, Die Eroberung von Mexico: Soloists, Mixed Choir (on tape), Movement Choir, ORF Symphony Orchestra, Vienna, Ingo Metzmacher (conductor), Felsenreitschule, Salzburg, 10.8.2015 (MB)

Salzburger Festspiele 2015/Wolfgang Rihm/Die Eroberung von Mexico/Premiere am 26.07.2015/Musikalische Leitung:Ingo Metzmacher/Inszenierung:Peter Konwitschny/Bühne und Kostüme:Johannes Leiacker//Bo Skovhus:Cortez, Angela Denoke:Montezuma und Ensemble Copyright:Monika Rittershaus

Salzburger Festspiele 2015/Wolfgang Rihm/Die Eroberung von Mexico/Premiere am Copyright:Monika Rittershaus

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New Dennehy/Walsh Opera Tackles Assisted Suicide


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  Edinburgh International Festival 2015 (4) – Donnacha Dennehy & Enda Walsh, The Last Hotel: Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera, Crash Ensemble / André de Ridder (conductor), Royal Lyceum Theatre, 10.8.2015 (SRT)

Pictured Katherine Manley, Claudia Boyle and Robin Adams  in  Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera's  THE LAST HOTEL a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh photo: Patrick Redmond

Pictured Katherine Manley, Claudia Boyle and Robin Adams in
Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera’s
a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh
photo: Patrick Redmond

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