Tag Archives: Mozart

London Mozart Players Chamber ensemble: from shimmering moonlight to Florentine sunshine

London Mozart Players Chamber Ensemble **** Conway Hall, 19th December 2016 Despite being nestled in London’s Red Lion Square, Conway Hall somehow captures the atmosphere of your old-fashioned village hall: a plain stage, rows of carefully arranged loose chairs, a … Continue reading

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Listen with Aurora: an exploration of childhood at Kings Place

L’Enfance: Aurora Orchestra/Collon **** Kings Place, 16th December 2016 “Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin.” For all but the youngest sprogs in the audience, Fauré’s Berceuse instantly brings to mind Listen with Mother, the BBC radio programme that ran … Continue reading

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Mozart with a French accent: Emmanuelle Haïm and Le Concert d’Astrée at Wigmore Hall

Mozart: Le Concert d’Astrée/Haïm **** Wigmore Hall, 15th November 2016 Taking operatic tunes as inspiration for Harmoniemusik was nothing new in Mozart’s time. He even references his own The Marriage of Figaro in the supper scene of Don Giovanni, where … Continue reading

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A cruel lesson: Christophe Honoré’s Così fan tutte from Aix

Mozart: Così fan tutte  Is Così fan tutte an opera that’s ever suitable for children? Mozart and Da Ponte serve up the most cynical lesson in love. Perhaps that’s why it appeals to me. Don Alfonso sets out to prove … Continue reading

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Prom 55: Fate knocks, Ophelia sings, Mirga triumphs

CBSO/Gražinyte-Tyla **** Royal Albert Hall, 27th August 2016 A pair of auspicious debuts marked the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Prom: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla was making her London debut, just a day after her first concert as its new music director; … Continue reading

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