A Rare Chance to Experience Delius’ Greatest Opera is Compromised by a Greatly Reduced Orchestration
Delius – A Village Romeo and Juliet: Soloists, New Sussex Opera Chorus, Kantanti Ensemble / Lee Reynolds (conductor), Cadogan Hall, London, 28.3.2017 (AS)
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
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
Cilea, Adriana Lecouvreur: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra / Mario Perusso (conductor), Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, 21.3.2017. (JSJ)
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
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
Louis Frémaux (13 August 1921 – 20 March 2017) – an obituary by Rob Barnett
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
Webern, Schumann, Bartók, Ravel: Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin); Polina Leschenko (piano). Wigmore Hall, London, 27.3.2017. (CC) Read more