Tag Archives: Rimsky-Korsakov

A not so brief encounter with the Moscow Philharmonic

Yuri Simonov/Moscow Philharmonic **** The Anvil, Basingstoke, 23rd May 2017 What a difference a week makes. After last Thursday’s Pictures at an Exhibition where the Orchestre de Paris coated a pristine layer of French polish over Mussorgsky’s score, the Moscow … Continue reading

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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

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A beguiling evening of exotic spice from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Debussy, Lalo, Rimsky-Korsakov: Soumm; Bournemouth SO/Gaffigan ***** The Anvil, Basingstoke, 5th May 2017 At this season’s Grange Festival, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is in the pit for Annabel Arden’s new production of Carmen. The first half of this concert could … Continue reading

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Rites of Spring: Tcherniakov embraces Rimsky-Korsakov’s hymn to nature at the Bastille

Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden **** Opéra Bastille, 15th April 2017 There’s a wonderful painting by Ilya Repin of an aged Leo Tolstoy in peasant clothing. Having renounced his aristocratic lifestyle, the great writer didn’t just adopt peasant dress, but lived … Continue reading

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Love in a cold climate: rare Rimsky-Korsakov opera revived by Opera North

Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden *** Opera North, Grand Theatre, Leeds, 21st January 2017 Always winter, never spring. No, not Narnia, but The Snow Maiden, Alexander Ostrovsky’s 1873 fairy tale, rooted in Russian folklore, in which Snegurochka, daughter of Father Frost … Continue reading

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