Tag Archives: Rimsky-Korsakov

Rewriting Rimsky: Daniel Kramer directs a dismal Sadko in Ghent

Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko ** Opera Vlaanderen, Ghent, 20th June 2017 Opera is capable of great ironic timing. On Monday, the hapless David Davis trooped into Brussels to begin Brexit negotiations with the European Union. The next day, half an hour northwest … Continue reading

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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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