In the Arena: Prom 16 with the BBC SSO

Wednesday 26th July, Royal Albert Hall

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Prom 16 saw the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Ilan Volkov, exploring human drama across four programmatic pieces. Liszt was compared and contrasted to Mussorgkyand a new piano concerto by Julian Anderson was premiered. With melodramatic highs, melancholic woes, and thrills in between, this was a night for awe and wonder. Continue reading “In the Arena: Prom 16 with the BBC SSO”

Albion Quartet at Conway Hall

Sunday February 26th, Holborn

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Conway Hall, home to an ethical society of the same name, hosts a venerable tradition of Sunday chamber music concerts. From their website: “Founded in the 1880s, our chamber music concert series is the longest-running of its kind in Europe.” This week’s programme, An Equal Music: Voices in Dialogue, was an exploration of counterpoint. Continue reading “Albion Quartet at Conway Hall”

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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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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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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