Monthly Archives: December 2014

Musical alchemy at Wigmore Hall

Les Vents Français **** Wigmore Hall, 11th December 2014 “Alchemy (noun): Medieval forerunner of chemistry; in particular, with attempts to convert base metals into gold.” Les Vents Français are musical alchemists. Few would stake strong claims that the repertoire for … Continue reading

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Celeste Aida: Garifullina shines in Rosenblatt Recital debut

Aida Garifullina **** Wigmore Hall, 3rd December 2014 In the opera Boris Godunov, Varlaam, disguised as a monk, sings a drunken song about Ivan the Terrible’s siege of Kazan. The capital of Tatarstan was birthplace to one of the great Russian … Continue reading

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Queyras and Melnikov: Sunny intervals quell stormy Beethoven

Beethoven: Cello Sonatas **** Wigmore Hall, 30th November 2014 Beethoven’s five Cello Sonatas span his compositional life – two early works, two late ones, with the third composed in the same feverish year as his Fifth and Pastoral Symphonies. French … Continue reading

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