Sunday, August 18, 2019

Music

Ferneyhough: La Terre Est Un Homme / Plötzlichkeit Review – Massive and Mesmerising

While not quite a musical scandal on the level of the premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, the first performance of Brian Ferneyhough’s La Terre Est Un Homme in Glasgow in 1979 is remembered as...

Top Spanish Conductor Jesus Lopez Cobos Dies

Top Spanish conductor Jesus Lopez Cobos, who wielded the baton at a clutch of top ensembles including the Spanish National Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), has died of cancer aged 78, his...

Bachfest Review – Thunderbolts, a Lovers’ Stand-off and Moments of the Sublime

"The voices of mere mortals cannot equal those of heaven,” asserts the anonymous poet whose words Handel set in Ah! Che Troppo Ineguali. But at Bath’s annual Bachfest, in the Academy of Ancient Music’s concert entitled...

Principal Sound; Inside a Human Clock – review

A festival of contemporary music now in its second year called Principal Sound – its name taken from Feldman’s only organ work – explores the substance of sound itself, with works by Feldman and Luigi Nono as a...

Debussy: Préludes II; En Blanc et Noir Review – Maurizio Pollini’s Fierce, Crisp Tribute

It has taken Maurizio Pollini almost 20 years to complete his survey of Debussy’s Préludes – his recording of the first book appeared in 1999. In that time, his recital appearances may have become more and more uneven,...

Crime, Punishment, Forgiveness, Redemption: Dead Man Walking Finally Reaches London

Operatic villains come in many guises, but Joseph de Rocher, Jake Heggie and Terence McNally’s “dead man walking”, is surely in a league of his own: a convicted rapist and murderer, a coarse, swaggering...

French Jazz Violinist Didier Lockwood Dies Aged 62

Noted French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood, a disciple of the late Stephane Grappelli, died of a heart attack early Sunday, his agent said. Lockwood, who performed at Paris jazz venue Bal Blomet on Saturday, had turned...

Czech Phil/Netopil Review – Characteristic Warmth and Vigour

For those who admired the musicianship of the late Jiří Bělohlávek, who had been scheduled to bring his Czech Philharmonic on their current UK and Ireland tour, this concert was tinged with sadness. But it...

Carmen review – Bizet meets Busby Berkeley

Barrie Kosky’s new Royal Opera production of Carmen hails from Frankfurt, where it was first seen in June last year. It’s a curious staging, shot through with flashes of brilliance, though by no means cohering...

Ocean Of Blood: How Does François Girard Want To Astonish Spectator?

The awesome decoration is prepared by Metropolitan Opera for Wagner’s “Parsifal”. What will spectator expect from an eccentrical performance? Ocean of blood. "The overall staging didn’t glue until we started playing with blood, because that is ultimately...

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