Tag Archives: Borodin

Finding release among the poppy fields: Dmitri Tcherniakov’s powerful Prince Igor reaches Amsterdam

Borodin: Prince Igor **** Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam, 7th February 2017 When faced with Disaster rather than Triumph, how does a true leader respond? The ability to “watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build … Continue reading

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Spectacular Tchaikovsky: Alice Sara Ott fires up an old warhorse

Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov: Philharmonia/Vladimir Ashkenazy **** Royal Festival Hall, 17th November 2016 Warhorse (noun): creaky old classic played by orchestras in their sleep at least once a season. Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 1 in B flat minor falls into this category. Everyone … Continue reading

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Russian Roulette: Pappano’s spin through the Mighty Handful

Orchestra of the ROH/Pappano *** Royal Opera House, 8th February 2016 Exploring the music of Russia’s “Mighty Handful” would seem a useful limber up for the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Sir Antonio Pappano ahead of the upcoming … Continue reading

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Boris crowned Tsar again in London: The Philharmonia’s Mighty Handful collection

Mussorgsky, Borodin, Cui, Rimsky-Korsakov: Philharmonia/Hrůša *** Royal Festival Hall, 30th April 2015 Boris is all the rage in London this season. Elected to supreme power, he is haunted by a dodgy past and eventually crumbles. No, not Boris Johnson (Bachtrack … Continue reading

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