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A love letter from Berlin as Barenboim and the Staatskapelle make Elgar their own

Prom 2: Barenboim/Staatskapelle Berlin **** Nobilmente (It.). Nobly, in a noble style. As a musical term, it’s almost exclusively associated with the works of Sir Edward Elgar, who first employed it in his piano transcription of the Enigma Variations. The score to his Symphony no. … Continue reading

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Plums and turkeys: a musical voyage around 2016

Most people I know cannot wait to see the back of 2016. But in the year in which Brexit, Trump and the Grim Reaper were the big winners, I admit to having had a terrific twelve months. A whirl of … Continue reading

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“Beer and beard”: Barenboim’s ruminative Brahms with the Bolívars

Brahms: Daniel Barenboim; Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela/ Gustavo Dudamel ** Royal Festival Hall, 17th January 2016 It was Paul Dukas who dismissed Brahms’ music as “too much beer and beard”. He would have had a field day with … Continue reading

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Prom 44: Barenboim as Bottom? A dream of an evening with the West-Eastern Divan

Schoenberg/Beethoven/Tchaikovsky: West-Eastern Divan/Barenboim ***** Royal Albert Hall, 18th August 2015 “Let me play the lion too.” I hadn’t associated Daniel Barenboim with Nick Bottom from A Midsummer Night’s Dream before, but during Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, with the maestro urgently directing … Continue reading

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“Spirit of delight”: Staggering Elgar from Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin

Tchaikovsky/Elgar: Staatskapelle Berlin/Barenboim **** Royal Festival Hall, 21st April 2015 London has been fortunate to host two great Berlin orchestras exploring repertoire unfamiliar to them in recent months. In February, the Berliner Philharmoniker dipped its toes into icy Sibelian waters, … Continue reading

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