Monthly Archives: July 2015

Prom 14: LSO’s tag-team Prokofiev triumphs in the five piano concertos

Prokofiev: LSO/Gergiev **** Royal Albert Hall, 28th July 2015 Last week, Leif Ove Andsnes performed all five Beethoven piano concertos over three evenings at the Proms. Valery Gergiev must chuckle at such lack of ambition! Instead, he and the London … Continue reading

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Storgårds’ sturdy Nielsen cycle with the BBC Philharmonic

Nielsen: Symphonies 1-6 (Chandos CHAN 10859(3)) One of the major disappointments in this season’s BBC  Proms schedule is the absence of a Nielsen symphony cycle in this, the composer’s 150th anniversary year. However, the Beeb has done the great Dane … Continue reading

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Handel vs Vivaldi: Roberta Invernizzi dazzles in Baroque battle at Wigmore Hall

Vivaldi, Handel/ Roberta Invernizzi **** Wigmore Hall, 21st July 2015 Handel versus Vivaldi, London versus Venice: in an operatic head-to-head, Handel would emerge triumphant for most Baroque buffs. In 1712, Handel conquered the Venetian public with his Agrippina. By the … Continue reading

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One-shot saloon: Operalia 2015 a triumph for the ladies

Operalia Competition Royal Opera House, 19th July 2015 Operalia is a curious beast among voice competitions. The heats take place behind closed doors – in this year’s case, deep in the bowels of the Royal Opera House’s very own Nibelheim, … Continue reading

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Betrothal and Betrayal in JPYA’s end of term performance at the Royal Opera

Jette Parker Young Artists’ Summer Performance *** Royal Opera House, 18th July 2015 School’s out for summer and with it the opportunity for the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists to showcase their talents in the end of term main … Continue reading

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