Wednesday 26th July, Royal Albert Hall
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 Mussorgky; and 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”
Sunday February 26th, Holborn
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”
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.
Continue reading “Charles Aznavour’s 90th Birthday at the Royal Albert Hall”
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.
Continue reading “The victorious return of a cellist: Corinne Morris’ tribute to Paul Tortelier”
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.
Continue reading “Eastern & continental influences, Rivas and Trpceski with the London Philharmonic Orchestra”
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.
Continue reading “Romanza & Werther at the Wigmore Hall with Giuseppe Filianoti”
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.
Continue reading “Classics and treats in Croydon by the CCCO”
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.”
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.
Continue reading “Shostakovich interpreted by the London Philharmonic Orchestra”