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A beguiling evening of exotic spice from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Debussy, Lalo, Rimsky-Korsakov: Soumm; Bournemouth SO/Gaffigan ***** The Anvil, Basingstoke, 5th May 2017 At this season’s Grange Festival, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is in the pit for Annabel Arden’s new production of Carmen. The first half of this concert could … Continue reading

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Smudgy haze and glaring sunbursts: Boulez and Debussy juxtaposed by Salonen and the Philharmonia

Boulez, Debussy: Philharmonia/Salonen *** Royal Festival Hall, 4th May 2017 Adventurous programming – or “curation” to employ the overused term from this concert’s publicity – is welcome, particularly if it refreshes fusty routine. Instead of the usual conductor entrance to … Continue reading

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Debussy moulded by Melnikov at Wigmore Hall

Debussy: Alexander Melnikov *** Wigmore Hall, 5th April 2017 Debussy’s Général Lavine, with his bugle calls, cake-walk and badly tuned banjo, wasn’t the only thing at Wigmore Hall deserving the descriptor “eccentric” last night. Alexander Melnikov’s recital, surveying both books … Continue reading

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Le Bœuf sur le toit: Paris in the Roaring Twenties celebrated at the Institut français

Paris, Crazy Paris ! *** Institut français, 2nd April 2017 Picture the scene: Jean Wiéner playing Gershwin, accompanied by Jean Cocteau and Darius Milhaud on percussion; among the audience, Pablo Picasso, Sergei Diaghilev, Maurice Chevalier. The 1921 opening night of … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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