Tag Archives: Ravel

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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Watch with Mother (Goose): Child’s play with Les Siècles

Ravel, Debussy: Roth/Les Siècles **** Royal Festival Hall, 2nd November 2016 Games of various types pirouetted in and out of Les Siècles’ Gallic programme last night, from Debussy’s play of the waves in La Mer to the shenanigans of a distinctly … Continue reading

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Wigmore Hall englouti: exquisite aquatic recital from Philippe Cassard

“Perspectives Debussy”: Philippe Cassard ***** Wigmore Hall, 29th October 2016 “Wigmore Hall is flooded now!” confessed Philippe Cassard. It was Claude Debussy who left the tap running, with every form of precipitation – rain, snow, fog – pouring from the … Continue reading

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Tales of Hoffmann and the Hammerklavier: Yuja Wang scales summits in Verbier

Verbier Festival: Yuja Wang *** Salle des Combins, 27th July 2016 Chinese pianist Yuja Wang has forged a stellar reputation thus far founded on flashy repertoire. Her Rachmaninov is dazzling, as is her Ravel. Recently though, she has taken steps … Continue reading

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Defiant tales: a Scheherazade for our times from John Adams

Adams, Ravel: LSO/Adams **** Barbican Hall, 29th October 2015 The green-eyed monster clambers onto my shoulder when I’m editing, salivating over concerts my reviewers attend. Rebecca Lentjes described the première of John Adams’ Scheherazade.2 so vividly in her New York … Continue reading

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