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A love letter from Berlin as Barenboim and the Staatskapelle make Elgar their own

Prom 2: Barenboim/Staatskapelle Berlin **** Nobilmente (It.). Nobly, in a noble style. As a musical term, it’s almost exclusively associated with the works of Sir Edward Elgar, who first employed it in his piano transcription of the Enigma Variations. The score to his Symphony no. … Continue reading

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Lacking a sense of abandon: Cranko’s Onegin at Staatsballett Berlin

Tchaikovsky: Onegin *** Staatsballett Berlin, Schiller Theater, 8th October 2015 “Happiness was once so near us.” That line from Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin  should be crushing, the tender moment when Onegin and Tatyana realise what could have been. That final … Continue reading

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Dud bullet: Thalheimer’s Freischütz fires blanks at Staatsoper Berlin

Weber: Der Freischütz *** Staatsoper Berlin, 6th October 2015 The Wolf’s Glen scene in Weber’s Der Freischütz is terrifically difficult to stage – a supernatural centrepiece to a folkloric opera. Director Michael Thalheimer circumvents this in his Staatsoper Berlin production by … Continue reading

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“Spirit of delight”: Staggering Elgar from Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin

Tchaikovsky/Elgar: Staatskapelle Berlin/Barenboim **** Royal Festival Hall, 21st April 2015 London has been fortunate to host two great Berlin orchestras exploring repertoire unfamiliar to them in recent months. In February, the Berliner Philharmoniker dipped its toes into icy Sibelian waters, … Continue reading

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