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

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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Agnes Obel @ Union Chapel, Islington

There is something so ethereal about Agnes Obel. Raised in Denmark but now based in Berlin, the melancholy in her sound echoes folk and fairytale conventions. In the queue I overhear two burly men sum this up quite neatly. ‘She’s girly… but with a dark side’ one says to the other. Thus the Neo-Gothic, Grade-I listed Union Chapel, Islington, seems a fitting venue.
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