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Tcherniakov triumphs with Iolanta, but hobbles Nutcracker at the Garnier

Tchaikovsky: Iolanta/ The Nutcracker *** Opéra de Paris, Palais Garnier, 11th March 2016 At the 1892 première of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and The Nutcracker, it was the opera which scored the bigger hit with the critics, even though it’s the ballet which … Continue reading

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From pulpit to fairground: a fête à la française with the ONF

Orchestre National de France/Gabel **** Maison de la Radio Auditorium, Paris, 10th March 2016 Paris in the springtime: this week, I’ve been greeted by cold winds, driving rain and even a flurry of snow. Tonight, courtesy of Debussy’s Printemps, something … Continue reading

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Dancing bear, tame beasts: Insula Orchestra tackles Beethoven

Beethoven: Angelich; Insula/Equilbey *** Philharmonie, Paris, 8th February 2016 Orpheus taming the wild beasts: for years, this description of the slow movement in Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto was attributed to Franz Liszt. The strings growl angrily, the solo piano (Orpheus … Continue reading

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Fabulous, flamboyant Liszt from Khatia Buniatishvili in Paris

Khatia Buniatishvili **** Philharmonie, Paris, 7th March 2016 There are few composers for the piano as viscerally exciting as Franz Liszt and there are few pianists today who perform his music with as much visceral excitement as Khatia Buniatishvili. The … Continue reading

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Burning bright: a vocally superb Trovatore ignites the Bastille

Verdi: Il trovatore **** Opéra Bastille, 31st January 2016 According to legendary tenor Enrico Caruso, the recipe for success in Il trovatore is disarmingly simple: “All it takes is the four greatest singers in the world.” An impossible task, perhaps, but … Continue reading

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