Tag Archives: Philharmonie

Nights in the Harem: Scheherazade spins her tales with the Orchestre Pasdeloup

Chatoiement Oriental: Orchestre Pasdeloup/Diakun *** Philharmonie, Paris, 20th May 2017 Scheherazade had to spin her tales out for 1001 nights to earn a stay of execution from the Sultan Shahryar’s wicked decree that each new wife shall be killed the … Continue reading

Posted in Concert | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Concert | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Concert | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Dancing bear, tame beasts: Insula Orchestra tackles Beethoven

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

Posted in Concert | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Fabulous, flamboyant Liszt from Khatia Buniatishvili in Paris