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Extreme sports: Gardner leads the BBCSO in a thrilling Central European expedition

Janáček, Smetana, Szymanowski etc; Gardner/BBCSO **** Barbican Hall, 7th January 2016 If Edward Gardner organised travel tours then, on the basis of this evening’s Central European expedition with the BBCSO, he’d probably specialise in Extreme Sports. Despite the burbling streams … Continue reading

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The Czech Fidelio: Bělohlávek leads a fine account of Smetana’s Dalibor

Smetana: Dalibor **** Jiří Bělohlávek/BBC Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, 2nd May 2015 “What Czech does not like music?” declares Beneš, the jailor in Smetana’s opera Dalibor. Certainly not Jiří Bělohlávek, who is as superb an advocate for Czech music as any … Continue reading

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