Tag Archives: Saint-Saëns

For whom the bell tolls: Saint-Saëns’ Le Timbre d’argent chimes again at the Opéra Comique

Saint-Saëns: Le Timbre d’argent *** Opéra Comique, Paris, 9th June 2017 Asked to name an opera by Camille Saint-Saëns, the chances are that Samson et Dalila is the first answer to trip from your tongue. Now name a second! In recent years Palazzetto … 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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Karina Canellakis skippers a French voyage with the Oxford Philharmonic

Saint-Saëns, Debussy: Canellakis/Oxford Philharmonic *** Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, 28th January 2017 Oxford may well be far from the coast, but it played host to a bracing French voyage last night at the Sheldonian Theatre. Cramped in the decks beneath Sir … Continue reading

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Listen with Aurora: an exploration of childhood at Kings Place

L’Enfance: Aurora Orchestra/Collon **** Kings Place, 16th December 2016 “Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin.” For all but the youngest sprogs in the audience, Fauré’s Berceuse instantly brings to mind Listen with Mother, the BBC radio programme that ran … 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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