Tag Archives: Britten

Inspired by Shakespeare: a London gala to celebrate The Bard

Shakespeare400 Gala: LPO/Jurowski *** Royal Festival Hall, 23rd April 2016 “If music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it.” There was certainly plenty of Shakespeare-inspired music on the bill for the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s celebration … Continue reading

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Prom 34 Turbulent storms: Grimes revisited and earthy Prokofiev from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Britten/Korngold/Prokofiev: Bournemouth SO/Karabits *** Royal Albert Hall, 10th August 2015 Yesterday marked the 120th anniversary of the very first Prom concert, held in the Queen’s Hall. The programme cover for that 1895 concert doesn’t list the repertoire, but it wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Impish Shostakovich and epic Sibelius from Yuja Wang, MTT and the LSO

Shostakovich/Sibelius :LSO/ Tilson Thomas **** Barbican Hall, 15th March 2015 Ahead of its US tour with Michael Tilson Thomas, the London Symphony Orchestra flexed its muscles in a display of orchestral strength on home turf in the Barbican. Thursday’s concert, … Continue reading

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Round Britten: the operas on disc

Last week, I finally got my hands on the new 50 pence piece the Royal Mint issued to commemorate Britten’s centenary, inscribed with lyrics from his ‘Serenade for tenor, horn and strings’. It’s appearance in my sticky paws is nearly … Continue reading

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