Tag Archives: Poulenc

Sumptuous Strauss from Louise Alder in Wigmore jump-in

Louise Alder & Gary Matthewman **** Wigmore Hall, 22nd July 2017 We anticipated a Ukrainian barihunk singing Tchaikovsky, but ended up with an English rose singing Strauss. “Travel problems” detained Andrei Bondarenko from making his Wigmore Hall recital, his place taken at … Continue reading

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Le Bœuf sur le toit: Paris in the Roaring Twenties celebrated at the Institut français

Paris, Crazy Paris ! *** Institut français, 2nd April 2017 Picture the scene: Jean Wiéner playing Gershwin, accompanied by Jean Cocteau and Darius Milhaud on percussion; among the audience, Pablo Picasso, Sergei Diaghilev, Maurice Chevalier. The 1921 opening night of … 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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Autumn sunshine and Gallic flair: Michael Collins in recital at Wigmore Hall

Michael Collins; Michael McHale **** Wigmore Hall, 26th September 2015 Watery September sunshine and an autumnal air hung over Wigmore Hall, appropriate conditions for a recital of late clarinet sonatas. Though very different in mood, three of the sonatas given … Continue reading

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Voices of Persephone: the heart-melting soprano of Ilona Domnich

Surrender: Voices of Persephone  Ilona Domnich/ Signum Classics (SIGCD419) One of the greatest frustrations in my line of work comes when you hear an artist for the first time who absolutely bowls you over… and you’re not in a position … Continue reading

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