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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2016 Verdi Festival Opens with Don Carlo

10/10/2016

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Verdi, Don Carlo: Soloists, Chorus of the Teatro Regio di Parma, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini/Daniel Oren (conductor), Teatro Regio Di Parma, Parma. 5.10.2016. (RP)

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Marianne Cornetti as Princess Eboli in Don Carlo (c) Teatro Regio di Parma

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Alfred Brendel and Dénes Várjon Offer Rather Different Views of the Liszt Piano Sonata

09/10/2016

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London International Piano Festival – Liszt: Alfred Brendel (speaker), Dénes Várjon (piano). Hall One, Kings Place, 7.10.2016. (MB) Read more

Mismatch of Performers and Venue Robs Interesting Concert of a Little of its Gloss

06/10/2016

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Vivaldi, Caldara, Torelli:  Adrian Chandler (violin), Peter Whelan (bassoon), La Serenissima. Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, 1.10.2016. (GPu)

La Serenissima: photo credit - Eric Richmond.

La Serenissima: photo credit – Eric Richmond.

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