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Smudgy haze and glaring sunbursts: Boulez and Debussy juxtaposed by Salonen and the Philharmonia

Boulez, Debussy: Philharmonia/Salonen *** Royal Festival Hall, 4th May 2017 Adventurous programming – or “curation” to employ the overused term from this concert’s publicity – is welcome, particularly if it refreshes fusty routine. Instead of the usual conductor entrance to … Continue reading

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Shrill frenzy: fierce Walton from Nicholas Collon and the Philharmonia

Walton, Vaughan Williams, Ravel: Philharmonia/Collon *** Royal Festival Hall, 1st December 2016 Breaking up is hard to do. If his First Symphony is anything to go by, William Walton took it particularly badly. A turbulent love affair with his mistress, … Continue reading

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Spectacular Tchaikovsky: Alice Sara Ott fires up an old warhorse

Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov: Philharmonia/Vladimir Ashkenazy **** Royal Festival Hall, 17th November 2016 Warhorse (noun): creaky old classic played by orchestras in their sleep at least once a season. Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 1 in B flat minor falls into this category. Everyone … Continue reading

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Rhythmic precision: Foxy Stravinsky from Salonen and the Philharmonia

Stravinsky: Renard, Mavra, Les Noces **** Philharmonia/Salonen, Royal Festival Hall, 26th May 2016 A wedding feast, a man in drag and an outwitted fox were unlikely accomplices in the second concert in the Philharmonia’s series Stravinsky: Myths and Rituals. In … Continue reading

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Esa-Pekka Salonen peels the layers of Peer Gynt

Grieg: Esa-Pekka Salonen/Philharmonia *** Royal Festival Hall, 26th November 2015 “You’re not an emperor, you’re an onion!” muses Peer Gynt, looking back on his life. He peels back the layers of an onion, recounting his many different guises… a rogue … Continue reading

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