‘Thrillingly Heroic’: Welsh-Language Opera Y Tŵr’s Underplays the Symbolism but the Performances Impress


Guto Puw, Y Tŵr [The Tower] – first performance: Music Theatre Wales Ensemble / Richard Baker (conductor), Vale of Glamorgan Festival (collaboration between Music Theatre Wales and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru), Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, 19.5.2017. (PCG)

 Female - Caryl Hughes; Male - Gwion Thomas; Photo credit - Clive Barda.

Y Tŵr Caryl Hughes (Female) Gwion Thomas (Male) (c) Clive Barda

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Mikhail Svetlov’s Human, Witty and Wonderful King Dodon in New Opera NYC’s Golden Cockerel


Rimsky-Korsakov, Golden Cockerel: Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra, New Opera NYC / J. David Jackson (conductor), Sheen Center, Loreto Theater, New York, 18.5.2017. (RP)

Mikhail Svetlov as King Dodon in Golden Cockerel © New Opera NYC.

Mikhail Svetlov as King Dodon in Golden Cockerel © New Opera NYC

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The Most Inspirational Orchestra Plays Wilson, Gershwin and Holst


Wilson, Gershwin, Holst: Dominic Carter (piano), North Devon Sinfonia/Emma Kent (conductor), St Eustachius’ Parish Church, Tavistock. 6.5.2017. (PRB)

North Devon Sinfonia with Dominic Carter; photo credit Philip R Buttall.

North Devon Sinfonia with Dominic Carter (c) Philip R Buttall

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An Intriguing Spring Festival with James Ehnes as Violist and Conductor


VSO Spring Festival I: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra / James Ehnes (violinist/conductor), Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, 22.4.2017. (GN)

VSO Spring Festival II: James Ehnes (viola), Vancouver Symphony Orchestra / Bramwell Tovey (conductor), Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, 24.4.2017. (GN)

James Ehnes © Matthew Baird

James Ehnes © Matthew Baird

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Ravel Rarities Provide Mixed Emotions at Leeds Lieder 2017



 Ravel: Clara Mouriz (mezzo soprano), Benedict Nelson (baritone), Joseph Middleton (piano), David Moseley (flute), Philip Higham (cello). Leeds College of Music, Leeds. 21.4.2017. (CF) Read more

Dutchman Flies in to Save The Night and Provides Promising Opening for Leeds Lieder 2017



 Schubert: Henk Neven (baritone), Joseph Middleton (piano). Leeds College of Music, Leeds. 21.4.2017. (CF) Read more

Dante String Quartet and Mark Bebbington at St. Eustachius’ Church


Schubert, Wilson, Beethoven: Dante String Quartet, Mark Bebbington (piano), Tavistock Parish Church, 18.4.2017. (PRB)

Dante Quartet with Mark Bebbington - credit Philip R Buttall,

Dante Quartet with Mark Bebbington (c) Philip R Buttall

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Deeply Considered Musicianship from Barenboim and Lupu


Berlin Festtage (5). Brahms, Schoenberg, and Beethoven: Radu Lupu, Staatskapelle Berlin / Daniel Barenboim (conductor). Philharmonie, Berlin, 12.4.2017. (MB) Read more

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