Tag Archives: Mendelssohn

Blank canvas: Pallid Berlioz from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Berlioz/Mendelssohn: OAE ** Royal Festival Hall, 20th February 2017 Period instruments and historically informed practice have revolutionised the way much classical music has been performed for decades. “The Berlioz Experience”, a weekend masterminded by Roger Norrington here at the Southbank … Continue reading

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Sound and fury: boisterous performances from Orozco-Estrada and the LPO

Khachaturian, Stravinsky et al: Baráti, LPO/Orozco-Estrada *** Royal Festival Hall, 26th February 2016 “Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Macbeth’s cold view of life doubles as a good analysis of Richard Strauss’ first tone poem – brassy fanfares and empty … Continue reading

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The tongs and the bones: Vivid Mendelssohn from Gardiner and the LSO

Mendelssohn: LSO/Gardiner **** Barbican Hall, 16th February 2016 Recapturing one’s youth is a favourite preoccupation of thirty-somethings. Few recaptured it quite as vivaciously as Felix Mendelssohn. Sixteen years after composing his A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture – all gossamer wings … Continue reading

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