Eastern & continental influences, Rivas and Trpceski with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Something specific perfumed our atmosphere inside the Royal Festival Hall and on the stage, last Friday. Intangible scents from Eastbound depths of Europe, musical impressions of other historical perspectives, performers whose roots aren’t duplicating with ours, maybe.
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Romanza & Werther at the Wigmore Hall with Giuseppe Filianoti

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I had a complicated evening at the Wigmore Hall for Italian tenor Giuseppe Filianoti’s performance, leaving myself to bitter impressions on the way home, unfortunately worsening as I kept thinking through the night.
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Classics and treats in Croydon by the CCCO

The Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra might well be quite a recent ensemble – it was formed in 2006 – yet it holds a fair record of touring in the U.S. and Europe, with a fine roster of instrumentalists in its ranks. Kicking off their journey with a London press conference at the hearth of January’s coldest hours, the group embarked on a month-long tour of the UK, sweeping the island from North to South, taking all major cities under their bows.
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Imagine Dragons at the O2 Brixton

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It seems few bands can resist opening a set at a major venue these days without at least 3 enormous drums at their disposal. But few of late have arrived to quite such a roar and squeal as Las Vegas’ Imagine Dragons. London seems to have offered these Silver State boys a second home for the foreseeable future.
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Love Classics for Valentine’s at the Barbican centre : a marvelous night with a highlight.

There usually isn’t much variety in what you can add to pepper a Valentine’s eve with grace and romance; you wouldn’t want to miss these two either, or there is no point in making such a night so special. Continue reading “Love Classics for Valentine’s at the Barbican centre : a marvelous night with a highlight.”

Shostakovich interpreted by the London Philharmonic Orchestra

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It was a privileged audience that attended the 26th October performance of the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall. The Rest is Noise series, a title borrowed from Alex Ross’ book on 20th century classical composers and their music, has covered a formidable repertoire this season but Shostakovich’s 13th was always going to be a firm favourite.
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