Sonya Yoncheva and Michael Fabiano Dominate La traviata from the Met.

United StatesUnited States Verdi, La traviata: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / Nicola Luisotti (conductor), Met Live in HD transmitted to the Komedia Cinema, Brighton, 11.3.2017. (RB)

Sonya Yoncheva (Violetta) & Michael Fabiano (Alfredo) (c) Marty Sohl/Met Opera

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A Thoroughly Enjoyable Concert by the Moscow Virtuosi Orchestra

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Shostakovich, Haydn, Bruch, Popper, Gulda, Piazzolla: Alexandra Stychkina (piano), Danielle Akta (cello), Denis Shulgin (violin), Lev Lomdin (violin), Georgy Tsay (violin), Evgeny Stambolsky (violin), Nikita Vlasov (accordion), Moscow Virtuosi Orchestra / Vladimir Spivakov (conductor), Barbican Hall, London, 8.2.2017. (RB)

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Alexander Karpeyev in Conversation with Robert Beattie

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Alexander Karpeyev (c) Julian Dyson

Alexander Karpeyev has been a major prizewinner in a number of international piano competitions including first prize at the 2007 Dudley International Piano Competition.  He studied at the Moscow Conservatory and with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music in London.  He is a noted exponent of Medtner’s music and recently defended his doctoral thesis on the performance practice of the music of Medtner at City University of London.  Last year he organised the first International Medtner Festival in the UK and he is the curator of the Pushkin House Music Salon in Bloomsbury Square which showcases Russian chamber music.  He recently gave a superb recital in Kings Place which focused on Russian music composed immediately prior to the Revolution of 1917 (review).

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