Von Otter Celebrates Shakespeare in Song at Oxford Liederfest

25/10/2016

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Oxford Lieder Festival – Shakespeare in Song: Purcell, Schubert, Berlioz, Debussy, Sibelius, Korngold, Britten, Tippett, Porter, Wainwright: Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano), Julius Drake (piano), Simon Robson (reader), Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford 24.10.2016. (CR) Read more

Superlative Recital from Prégardien and Schnackertz at Oxford Liederfest

25/10/2016

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Oxford Lieder Festival – The Schumann Project – Robert Schumann, Bruch, Liszt: Christoph Prégardien (tenor), Christoph Schnackertz (piano), St John the Evangelist Church, Oxford 22.10.2016. (CR) Read more

Second Day of 11th Malcolm Arnold Festival Features Forgotten Documentaries

19/10/2016

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11th Malcolm Arnold Festival Displays Composer’s Musical Breadth

19/10/2016

11th Malcolm Arnold Festival 

Introduction

2016 sees the tenth year of the Festival since Arnold’s death and the 95th since his birth. Director Paul Harris, typically charming and resolute, says of this year’s theme: “We’ve called it ‘The Voice of the People’ … [which] sums up Sir Malcolm’s intentions as a composer. He was always determined to write music that could be immediately appreciated and although he embraced many 20th century “isms”, his music remains utterly accessible.”

Northampton’s Malcolm Arnold Festival still has a strong and even hectic pulse; this after ten years, with concerts, recitals, talks and illustrated lectures piling in one after another. It comes to about a dozen events over two days. New and usually good experiences and plenty to learn. Read more

Rodgers, Henschel and Kynoch Share in the Schumanns’ Warmth and Vitality

18/10/2016

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Oxford Lieder Festival – The Schumann Project: Joan Rodgers (soprano), Dietrich Henschel (baritone), Sholto Kynoch (piano). Holywell Music Room, Oxford 17.10.2016. (CR)

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A Young Pianist Displays Promise: Cyrill Ibrahim at the Swansea Festival

12/10/2016

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Debussy, Brahms, Schumann, J.S. Bach: Cyrill Ibrahim (piano), The Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea. 5.10.2016. (GPu)

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Cyrill Ibrahim

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Swansea Festival Commemorates 50th Anniversary of the Aberfan Disaster

11/10/2016

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 Joseph Davies, Saint-Saëns, Geraint Lewis, Fauré: Louis Lortie (piano), Fflur Wyn (soprano), Neal Davies (baritone), BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales / Siân Edwards: (conductor), Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, 8.10.2016. (NR) Read more

Festival Takes Flight with Outstanding Performance by the Brodsky

11/10/2016

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Borodin, Shostakovich, J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Beethoven: The Brodsky Quartet (Daniel Rowland, Ian Belton, violins; Paul Cassidy, viola; Jacqueline Thomas, cello), The George Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea, 4.10.2016. (GPu)

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The Brodsky Quartet

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