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McBurney paints The Rake’s Progress onto a blank canvas in Aix

Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress **** Théâtre de l’Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence A blank sheet of paper can intimidate or inspire. The fresh page can stifle a writer, trapped in the glare of expectation, or can encourage daring originality, be it words in … Continue reading

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Return to the harem: Marianne Crebassa seduces in Ravel’s Shéhérazade in Paris

Aladdin: Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse/Sokhiev ***** Philharmonie, Paris, 20th May 2017 With barely time for coffee and baklava after the Orchestre Pasdeloup’s Arabian matinee, I stepped boldly back into the harem. Scheherazade resumed her tales in the Philharmonie’s Mille … Continue reading

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Rite of passage for a bold company: ENB dances a devastating Pina Bausch Sacre

In the Middle/ Adagio Hammerklavier/ The Rite of Spring **** English National Ballet, Sadler’s Wells, 25th March 2017 Tamara Rojo has turned English National Ballet into a must-see company. The big draw in this new ENB triple bill was undoubtedly The … Continue reading

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Rhythmic precision: Foxy Stravinsky from Salonen and the Philharmonia

Stravinsky: Renard, Mavra, Les Noces **** Philharmonia/Salonen, Royal Festival Hall, 26th May 2016 A wedding feast, a man in drag and an outwitted fox were unlikely accomplices in the second concert in the Philharmonia’s series Stravinsky: Myths and Rituals. In … Continue reading

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Puppet master: Dutoit conjures superb playing from the RPO in Petrushka

Respighi/Dvořák/Stravinsky: RPO/Dutoit **** Royal Festival Hall, 29th March 2016 Something quite remarkable happens to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra when Charles Dutoit stands before it. A band which can sound – and look – disengaged is suddenly transformed when its Principal Conductor galvanises … Continue reading

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