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Defying dictators: Soviet blockbusters given the St Petersburg Philharmonic treatment

Martha Argerich; St Petersburg Philharmonic/ Yuri Temirkanov ***** Royal Festival Hall, 29th January 2017 “Our business is rejoicing. Our business is rejoicing.” Dmitri Shostakovich learnt when to toe the political line. After his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk was denounced … Continue reading

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Blanc et noir: pianistic contrasts from Kovacevich and Argerich at Wigmore Hall

Debussy, Rachmaninov & Schubert: Argerich, Kovacevich **** Wigmore Hall, 2nd November 2015 In the pantheon of piano gods of my youth, Stephen Kovacevich and Martha Argerich take their place alongside the likes of Daniel Barenboim, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Radu Lupu. A … Continue reading

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Cards on the table: Stephen Kovacevich at 75

Stephen Kovacevich is in ebullient mood. Dashing back from Paris for our meeting, he brews coffee at his north London home as we swap notes about orchestras. This week, he celebrates his 75th birthday. Born in Los Angeles, he took … Continue reading

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