NEW! I Musicanti and Virtuoso Double Bassist Leon Bosch Perform a Trio of Concerts at St John’s Smith Square

29/11/2016

downloadI MUSICANTI and virtuoso double bassist Leon Bosch perform a trio of concerts at St John’s Smith Square featuring world premieres from South Africa and chamber works by Mozart and Schubert.

Concerts: 8 January; 5 March; 28 May

On 8 January 2017, rather than perform Peter Klatzow’s Quintet, I Musicanti and Leon Bosch will instead give the world premiere of the Quintet ‘But All I Wanna Do Is Dance” by esteemed South African composer, Matthijs Van Dijk.

“But All I Wanna Do Is Dance”

“There is a general consensus in comedy (and in most forms of entertainment) which is “Don’t mention politics: you will immediately lose half your audience.” However, whatever your political leaning, I think we can all agree, to quote a t-shirt I saw recently: “2016 Sucked”. From Brexit and Trump, to students (and friends) clashing with police over free education in South Africa, we’ve been confronted, through the help of social media, with what seems to be a never ending wave of anger, frustration, hate and bigotry in all shapes and sizes – all issues that need to be addressed, of course, and, once one is aware of them, unable to ignore.

The title is not a joyous declaration by any means, but rather an “inner childlike” plea – an overwhelmed whisper of “I can’t be an adult any more. Please stop.” Originally, the piece was going to be called “#butallIwannadoisdance”, but the more I worked on it, the more I felt that instead of allowing social media to overpower me, I needed to break free from it and drop the hashtag. This piece is part “tip of the hat” to electronic dance music and part elegy to one’s inner child yearning to dance and/or play; yearning for a time when one was too young to really know what was going on in the world, if one was fortunate (or privileged) enough to not have to. “

Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins Outclasses Other Items in BBC Symphony Concert

25/11/2016

Korngold, Weill, and others: Storm Large (singer), Hudson Shad, BBC Symphony Orchestra / James Gaffigan (conductor), Barbican Hall, London, 23.11.2016. (MB) Read more

Pappano Brings Out Clarity of Textures and Varied Sonorities in Alpensinfonie

25/11/2016

Rossini, Bruch, R. Strauss: Roman Simović (violin), London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor), Barbican Hall, London, 24.11.2016. (AS) Read more

NEW! Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins to Star in Carousel at the London Coliseum

25/11/2016

ALFIE BOE AND KATHERINE JENKINS IN RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CAROUSEL 

TICKETS GO ON PUBLIC SALE FOR THIS FIVE WEEK LIMITED RUN AT 9AM ON 30 NOVEMBER 2016 WITH OVER 100 TICKETS AT £12 FOR EACH PERFORMANCE

Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins will star for the first time together in the West End as Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, the third production in the partnership between English National Opera (ENO) and the GradeLinnit Company.    Read more

Royal Opera’s Manon Lescaut Benefits from Pappano’s Masterly Conducting

24/11/2016

Puccini, Manon Lescaut: Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 22.11.2016. (CC)

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Aleksandrs Antonenko (Des Grieux) & Sondra Radvanovsky (Manon Lescaut) (c) Bill Cooper

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Young Musicians Tantalise the Ear with Familiar Masterpieces and Little Known Treasures

23/11/2016

Young Artists’ Platform: Pelléas Ensemble (Henry Roberts [flute], Luba Tunnicliffe [viola], Oliver Wass [harp]), Hannah Morgan (oboe), Daniel King Smith (piano), Wigmore Hall, London, 21.11.2016. (CS) Read more

Joyce DiDonato’s In War and Peace Brings Harmony and Love to the Barbican Hall

23/11/2016

Joyce DiDonato – In War and Peace: Harmony through Music: Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano/executive producer), Manuel Palazzo (dancer/choreographer), Il Pomo d’Oro / Maxim Emelyanychev (conductor). Barbican Hall, London, 22.11.2016. (JPr)

Joyce DiDonato, Her show: In War and Peace performed at the Barbican on Tuesday, 22 November 2016.  Photo by Mark Allan

Joyce DiDonato, Manuel Palazzo & Il Pomo d’Oro (c) Mark Allan

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Pisaroni and Pikulski Impress with Performances of Schubert Lieder

23/11/2016

Schubert, Beethoven, Mendelssohn: Luca Pisaroni (bass-baritone), Maciej Pikulski (piano), Wigmore Hall, London, 20.11.2016. (RB) Read more

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