Tag Archives: Shostakovich

Plums and turkeys: a musical voyage around 2016

Most people I know cannot wait to see the back of 2016. But in the year in which Brexit, Trump and the Grim Reaper were the big winners, I admit to having had a terrific twelve months. A whirl of … Continue reading

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Bolshoi reflections: creaky drama and a rising star in London

Don Quixote, Swan Lake, The Taming of the Shrew, Le Corsaire We’re over a month into the BBC Proms season, yet I’ve only attended one concert thus far. What gives? Apart from a week away at Verbier Festival and Dorset … Continue reading

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Kiss me, Katya: Bolshoi’s Shrew a slinky, sexy delight

Shostakovich: The Taming of the Shrew ***** Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House, 3rd August 2016 “If I be waspish, best beware my sting.” Thus the feisty Katharine warns off Petruchio in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, but he’s irresistibly … Continue reading

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Disappointing Russian fare from the Razumovsky Ensemble

Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky: Razumovsky Ensemble ** Wigmore Hall, 15th October 2015 There’s a sense of deflation when you visit a restaurant for the first time, encouraged by friends or enticed by the menu, and it doesn’t live up to expectations. … Continue reading

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Prom 76: Alsop and Kaufmann lead the Last Night revelries

Last Night of the Proms; BBCSO/Alsop Royal Albert Hall, 12th September 2015 And so it ends. Eight weeks have sped past, there’s an autumnal chill in the air (though to be fair, it was there for much of August… and … Continue reading

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