Charles Aznavour’s 90th Birthday at the Royal Albert Hall

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I’m going to tell you the truth, dear readers. First I wrote what would have been qualified as no less than a horrid review of Mr Aznavour’s English birthday concert. I thought I would possess what it takes to publish it, yet in reality I couldn’t.
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20th century ballet music from Azerbaijan: Kara Karayev’s suites fresh record on Naxos

My trail amongst Azerbaijani music resumes with yet works of another of their illustrious composers. Kara Karayev’s life spans spot over the 20th century and, understandably, is stretched from one end to the other of that of the Soviet Union. Karayev’s early life is most notably stamped with Shostakovich’s tutoring, being one of the latter’s most successful pupils.
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The Voice can also be a French, male one: Benjamin Bocconi Live at the Coronet Cinema

To those living out there, cut from the continent and more or less impervious to happenings of below the English Channel, I’ll start out by a few hints at who’s been able to rock a good couple hundreds of lads & gents on April 9th.
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The victorious return of a cellist: Corinne Morris’ tribute to Paul Tortelier

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Little time after waving good-bye to long-term convalescence after severe arm and shoulder injury, it’s been an absolute delight to meet with Corrine Morris a small bunch of months ago. I have learnt about the difficulty of getting slowed down mid-way through a career, confronting uncertainties of the future with hopes for a redemption.
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Colin Currie at the Wigmore Hall, explorativist songs for a percussionist’s virtuosity

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I have come to the Wigmore on that night with both angst and excitement (April, 7th), as I was forecasting with great hopes to reconcile with the world of percussions, maybe a bit a biased in the past by the everyday life omnipresence of dull popular drumming patterns, also enthused with vigour at the prospect of finding a change from traditional instruments: let us vibe at the notes of a marimba, and his brothers in sound!
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Album review : Dreams, Azeri songs on the violin and guitar.

I was initially due to attend the performance of Dreams on March 12th at King’s place, but I got delayed on the night in another part of town, and consequently missed it. Dreams is a series of duets for violin and guitar on songs of prominent Azeri composer Tofig Guliyev. Continue reading “Album review : Dreams, Azeri songs on the violin and guitar.”

At the Sadler’s Wells: James Thiérrée fait un tabac rouge

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It was again a last minute call for me on that eve to attend the show. Replacing an exhausted reviewer, I had to choose and cross out another event from my diary. I was seeking for inspirative renewals, something to reap me out of my world and subsequently fuse it to forms o’ mine, shapes and colours of self. Continue reading “At the Sadler’s Wells: James Thiérrée fait un tabac rouge”