Karina Canellakis skippers a French voyage with the Oxford Philharmonic

Saint-Saëns, Debussy: Canellakis/Oxford Philharmonic ***

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, 28th January 2017

Oxford may well be far from the coast, but it played host to a bracing French voyage last night at the Sheldonian Theatre. Cramped in the decks beneath Sir Christopher Wren’s eight-sided cupola, we journeyed down the Nile with Camille Saint-Saëns, called into Greece to catch up with Debussy’s Faune before contemplating La Mer. Captain of the SS Oxford Philharmonic was American conductor Karina Canellakis, navigating occasionally rough seas, with Cédric Tiberghien as her boatswain in a gorgeous rendition of the “Egyptian” Piano Concerto.

Karina Canellakis
© Todd Rosenberg

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