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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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A haunting, poignant Proms opener from the BBCSO and Sakari Oramo

Prom 1: Sol Gabetta; BBCSO/Sakari Oramo **** Royal Albert Hall, 15th July 2016 At the Last Night of the Proms, a colourful sea of flags billow in the Arena of the Royal Albert Hall. For the First Night of the … 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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