English National Ballet’s Swan Lake Emerges Memorably from the Mists

04/01/2019

Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake: Dancers of English National Ballet and English National Ballet Philharmonic / Gavin Sutherland (conductor), London Coliseum, 3.1.2019. (JPr)

Jurgita Dronina (Odile) & Isaac Hernández (Siegfried) © Laurent Liotardo

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BSO’s Glittering Johann Strauss Gala Brightens New Year’s Day

02/01/2019

Johann Strauss I & II, Josef Strauss, Lehár, Nicolai, Heuberger: Fflur Wyn (soprano), Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Rösner (conductor), The Lighthouse, Poole 1.1.2019. (IL)

Thomas Rösner in rehearsal with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for their New Year Johann Strauss Gala concerts

Thomas Rösner in rehearsal with the BSO
for their New Year Johann Strauss Gala concerts

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NEW! Grieg Grainger Piano Rolls: an Equivocation

01/01/2019

Nina Greig & Percy Grainger

At the 1988 Last Night of the Proms, Andrew Davies conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto with Percy Grainger as soloist. Grainger’s part was played from a couple of piano rolls he made in 1921. (The hugely popular performance is captured on YouTube [click here].) Read more

Trio Wanderer Provide a Splendid Way to Round off the Musical Year

30/12/2018

Haydn, Dvořák, and Schubert: Trio Wanderer (Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian [violin], Raphaël Pidoux [cello], Vincent Coq [cello]). Wigmore Hall, London, 29.12.2018 (MB)

Trio Wanderer © François Sechet

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Verdi Meets Bergman in Munich’s Highly Recommended Otello

28/12/2018

Verdi, Otello: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Bavarian State Opera / Kirill Petrenko (conductor), Nationaltheater, Munich, 21.12.2018. (ALL)

Anja Harteros (Desdemona) & Jonas Kaufmann (Otello)
© W. Hösl

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NEW AND UPDATED! SOME OF SEEN AND HEARD’S REVIEWERS LOOK BACK AT 2018

26/12/2018

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Young Musical Stars shine in a Festive Evening at Canongate Kirk

26/12/2018

Chopin, Dvořák, Rachmaninov, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and others: Alexey Gusev (baritone), Paulius Rudokas (piano), Egle Sarmavicuite (piano), Polina Shakhanova (dancer), Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, 16.12.2018. (GT)

Paulius Rudokas (piano) & Alexey Gusev (baritone)
(c) Jack Thompson

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Britten Sinfonia’s Messiah – Much More Than Christmas Entertainment

24/12/2018

Handel, Messiah: Sophie Bevan (soprano), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Allan Clayton (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone) , Britten Sinfonia Voices (director: Eamonn Dougan) Britten Sinfonia Orchestra (violin/director: Jacqueline Shave), Barbican Hall, London 19.12.2018. (CSa)

Britten Sinfonia (c) Harry Rankin

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