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McBurney paints The Rake’s Progress onto a blank canvas in Aix

Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress **** Théâtre de l’Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence A blank sheet of paper can intimidate or inspire. The fresh page can stifle a writer, trapped in the glare of expectation, or can encourage daring originality, be it words in … Continue reading

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Carmen as therapy: Tcherniakov challenges clichés but is stumped in Aix

Bizet: Carmen ** Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, 4th July 2017 Love may well be a rebellious bird, but that’s as nothing to maverick director Dmitri Tcherniakov. In his beloved Russian repertoire he displays genius – his recent Snow Maiden in Paris fully … Continue reading

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From the Auvergne to St Petersburg: a travelogue with the Orchestre de Paris

Ravel, Canteloube, Mussorgsky: Orchestre de Paris/Hengelbrock *** Philharmonie de Paris, 18th May 2017 How fluent is your Occitan? Joseph Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne, his arrangement of folksongs from central France, are in the local language, not dissimilar to Catalan. They mostly … Continue reading

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Plums and turkeys: a musical voyage around 2016

Most people I know cannot wait to see the back of 2016. But in the year in which Brexit, Trump and the Grim Reaper were the big winners, I admit to having had a terrific twelve months. A whirl of … Continue reading

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