A Rare Chance to Experience Delius’ Greatest Opera is Compromised by a Greatly Reduced Orchestration

29/03/2017

Delius – A Village Romeo and Juliet: Soloists, New Sussex Opera Chorus, Kantanti Ensemble / Lee Reynolds (conductor), Cadogan Hall, London, 28.3.2017 (AS)

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New Sussex Opera’s A Village Romeo and Juliet (c) Robert Knights

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Mixed Results from the Schubert Ensemble in Classic and Contemporary Piano-led Works

29/03/2017

Watkins, Shostakovich: The Schubert Ensemble (Simon Blendis, Jan Schmolk (violins), Douglas Peterson (viola), Jane Salmon (cello), William Howard (piano). Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff 3.3,2017. (GPu) Read more

Thrillingly Theatrical Impressions in the Music of Bach’s Predecessors

29/03/2017

Schütz, Buxtehude, Scheidt and Tunder: Welsh Camerata and instrumentalists, Andrew Wilson-Dickson (director). Church of St John the Evangelist, Cardiff, 25.3.2017. (PCG) Read more

Fine Adriana Lecouvreur Opens Buenos Aires 2017 Season

29/03/2017

Cilea, Adriana Lecouvreur: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra / Mario Perusso (conductor), Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, 21.3.2017. (JSJ)

Virginia Tola in the title role and Alessandro Corbelli (Michonnet) in Teatro Colón’s new production of Adriana Lecouvreur. (Photo Máximo Parpagnoli)

Virginia Tola (Adriana Lecouvreur) & Alessandro Corbelli (Michonnet)
in Teatro Colón’s Adriana Lecouvreur (c) Máximo Parpagnoli

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Virtuosity Tempered by Finesse from Mutter and Orkis

29/03/2017

Currier, Mozart, Respighi, Saint-Saëns: Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), Lambert Orkis (piano), presented by San Francisco Performances and San Francisco Symphony, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, 26.3.2017. (HS) Read more

Two Choral Ensembles Combine for Old and New

29/03/2017

Various composers: New York Polyphony, Geoffrey Williams (countertenor), Steven Caldicott Wilson (tenor), Christopher Dylan Herbert (baritone), Craig Phillips (bass), Cathedral Choral Society / Michael McCarthy (guest conductor), Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC. 19.3.2017. (DS) Read more

NEW! IN MEMORIAM LOUIS FRÉMAUX (1921-2017)

28/03/2017

Louis Frémaux (13 August 1921 – 20 March 2017) – an obituary by Rob Barnett

LF As ever, the bare bones of any person’s life tell us but a small part of the individual’s story and heritage. Louis Frémaux is no different in that respect. That said we need to lay them out:
– Born in Aire-sur-la-Lys, Pas-de-Calais, France in 1921 and he studied at the Valenciennes Conservatoire.
– War service in the Resistance and then as a Foreign Legion Captain in the French armed forces in Vietnam (1945-46)
– Resumed his war-interrupted studies, this time at the Paris Conservatoire with Louis Fourestier where he took first prize in conducting in 1952.

Chief conductor engagements followed:
– Orchestre National de Monte Carlo (Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo) (1956-1965). Prince Rainier had interceded with the French authorities when Frémaux was called back to the Foreign Legion for duties in Algeria in 1956 and seemingly pulled strings to have him take over the OPMC.
– Orchestre Philharmonique Rhône-Alpes, Lyons (1968-1971)
– City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (1969-1978)
– Sydney Symphony Orchestra (1979-1982)  Read more

A Glorious Recital by Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Polina Leschenko

28/03/2017

Webern, Schumann, Bartók, Ravel: Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin); Polina Leschenko (piano). Wigmore Hall, London, 27.3.2017. (CC) Read more

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