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Boris crowned Tsar again in London: The Philharmonia’s Mighty Handful collection

Mussorgsky, Borodin, Cui, Rimsky-Korsakov: Philharmonia/Hrůša *** Royal Festival Hall, 30th April 2015 Boris is all the rage in London this season. Elected to supreme power, he is haunted by a dodgy past and eventually crumbles. No, not Boris Johnson (Bachtrack … Continue reading

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Cockroaches and kaleidoscopes: Mikhail Rudy’s animated piano recital at King’s Place

Janáček, Mussorgsky: Mikhail Rudy *** King’s Place, 27th March 2015 In a piano recital, your eyes are usually fixed on the keyboard. Last night, all eyes were glued to the silver screen. The Institut Français’ three day festival “It’s all … Continue reading

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Gergiev’s earthy Pictures painted in rich oils

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Songs and Dances of Death; Night on Bare Mountain  The loudest noise I’ve ever experienced in the concert hall was courtesy of Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky (then Kirov) Orchestra. Admittedly, it was in the … Continue reading

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Uneven recital as Carlo Colombara rides to the Rosenblatt rescue

Carlo Colombara: Rosenblatt Recital Wigmore Hall, 4th March 2015 “The show must go on.” Any artist stepping in for another at short notice deserves our gratitude and our understanding. The Rosenblatt Recitals series has suffered more than its fair share … Continue reading

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Unvarnished truth: period instrument Mussorgsky

Mussorgsky & Tchaikovsky: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/ Jurowski **** Royal Festival Hall, 15th January 2014 The Campaign for Real Mussorgsky has been fighting the good fight for decades. Claudio Abbado was a paid-up member, recording the original version … Continue reading

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