Tag Archives: Mozart

One for sorrow: Claus Guth directs a taut, dark Clemenza di Tito at Glyndebourne

Mozart: La clemenza di Tito *** Glyndebourne, 26th July 2017 A single magpie settles on a branch beside a lake. Two boys stalk through the long reeds. The older one hands the younger, fair-haired lad a slingshot and watches as … Continue reading

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A rake’s progress: Mozart’s Don Giovanni let loose in Aix

Mozart: Don Giovanni ***** Théâtre de l’Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence Less than 24 hours after Stravinsky’s Rake bounded his way across the stage of the Théâtre de l’Archevêché, it was the turn of Mozart’s Don Giovanni (whose complete title is The Rake Punished, or Don Giovanni) to face … Continue reading

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Belcea Quartet excels in Britten and Shostakovich at Aldeburgh Festival

Britten, Shostakovich, Mozart, Widmann **** Belcea Quartet, Jörg Widmann, Piotr Anderszewski, Snape Maltings Benjamin Britten’s spirit haunts Snape Maltings just as the ghosts of his final opera Death in Venice haunt his Third String Quartet. Resignation and isolation are etched into its … Continue reading

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Don Giovanni all at sea at Opera Holland Park

Mozart: Don Giovanni ** Opera Holland Park, 3rd June 2017 This production opens like the perfect whodunnit. Passengers embark with their luggage aboard an ocean liner for a transatlantic cruise, busily locating their cabins. Within moments there’s an attempted rape, … Continue reading

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A tale of two tenors as Méhul is celebrated by the OAE

Méhul et al: OAE/Cohen **** St John’s Smith Square, 10th February 2017 Étienne-Nicolas Méhul’s music isn’t familiar to most concert-goers. The only work which I know is his First Symphony, the finale of which contains a motif so similar to … Continue reading

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