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Mediating between the Sacred and the Secular
Pablo González conducts Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ
Medici Live, 22 December 2013
Watch LSO Colin Davis Hector Berlioz sought gainful employment in the theatre and at the Conservatoire, but he never applied for a church job. His pronouncements about religious music are the views of an unorthodox Christian, but he nevertheless set
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Running the Ring
On Friday, 1 November, and Saturday, 2 November, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, under Lorin Maazel performed an evening of Wagner. But, it wasn’t Wagner as most of us knew it. The evening started with the Siegfried Idyll, famously given its
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Northern Lights?
Boris Giltburg plays Grieg
Edvard GriegPiano Sonata in E Minor, Op. 7II. Andante molto Edvard Hagerup Grieg (1843-1907) is widely acknowledged as a central figure in the emergence of a distinctively Scandinavian tone in nineteenth century music. Even the composer, in his own words,
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Celso Albelo at the Wigmore Hall (Rosenblatt Recitals)
A significant development in the world of opera over the last few decades has been the emergence of new opportunities for young artists. Many opera houses now have Young Artist schemes, such as the Jette Parker programme at the Royal
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Bach Marathon
This all-day event at the Royal Albert Hall was a celebration of not one but two creative artists – J.S. Bach, and the conductor John Eliot Gardiner. Gardiner is 70 this year, and this Bach Marathon was principally led by
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Butterfly Alights in Guangzhou
I’ve watched many performances of Madame Butterfly since my teens – in Paris, London, Verona –and I must confess that apart from the famous Un bel dì vedremo aria or the Humming Chorus, I get pretty bored if the performance
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Let there be Music!
Mostly Baroque: Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Conductor: Geoffrey Lancaster, 14/7/2012 Jean-Féry Rebel Les Eléments, “Symphonie Nouvelle” Many moons ago, the pianist Paul Badura-Skoda — already in his early eighties, frail and bent by the ravages of age that made it difficult
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Astor Piazzolla
Astor Piazzolla Tristeza de un doble A Escualo Adios Nonino Contraataque Mumuki Miguel angelo Chin Chin Aix-en-Provence 7th January 2012 I first encountered Piazzolla’s music when I was a student in London. I had not been much attracted by tango,
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