Monthly Archives: January 2015

Birthday offering: Ibragimova and Tiberghien serve up less than vintage Mozart

Mozart: Violin Sonatas ** Wigmore Hall, 27th January 2015 As birthday parties go, this was a damp squib. Alina Ibragimova and her regular recital partner Cédric Tiberghien are presenting all of Mozart’s Violin Sonatas at Wigmore Hall this season. Tonight’s … Continue reading

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“Happiness was once so near us”: Onegin – the ballet

Outside the Verdi canon, my favourite opera is undoubtedly Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. I reviewed many productions of it for Opera Britannia: in the opera house, from the cinema and on DVD. Tchaikovsky ‘lyric scenes’ capture the essence of Pushkin’s verse … Continue reading

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The root of all evil: Jurowski and the LPO pair Rachmaninov’s Miserly Knight with Wagner’s greedy dwarf

Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight/ Wagner: Das Rheingold *** LPO/Jurowski, 21st January 2015 Vladimir Jurowski is a wily programmer. The London Philharmonic’s season has been most interesting, their “Rachmaninoff Inside Out” series digging out rarities and putting them into context. In … Continue reading

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New wine in old vodka bottles? Così fan tutte from Perm

Mozart: Così fan tutte (Sony) This is the second issue in the Mozart/ Da Ponte opera cycle from Perm, home to Europe’s easternmost opera house, and once again, Sony gives it the red carpet treatment.  A hardback case, with glossy cobalt jacket, … Continue reading

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Fate, Falla and fandangos: a London Symphony Orchestra fiesta

London Symphony Orchestra/Zhang *** Barbican, 18th January 2015 Sunday night is fiesta night, or so it seemed at the Barbican, where the London Symphony took us on a whirlwind tour from Seville in Andalucia to the Asturias. There’s nothing especially … Continue reading

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