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Fabulous, flamboyant Liszt from Khatia Buniatishvili in Paris

Khatia Buniatishvili **** Philharmonie, Paris, 7th March 2016 There are few composers for the piano as viscerally exciting as Franz Liszt and there are few pianists today who perform his music with as much visceral excitement as Khatia Buniatishvili. The … Continue reading

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Sound and fury: boisterous performances from Orozco-Estrada and the LPO

Khachaturian, Stravinsky et al: Baráti, LPO/Orozco-Estrada *** Royal Festival Hall, 26th February 2016 “Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Macbeth’s cold view of life doubles as a good analysis of Richard Strauss’ first tone poem – brassy fanfares and empty … Continue reading

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A shattering Rite: Sasha Waltz’s Sacre at Sadler’s Wells

Sasha Waltz & Guests **** Sadler’s Wells, 11th November 2015 A century on, The Rite of Spring still has the power to shock. However, it’s frequently Igor Stravinsky’s score – rather than the choreography – which ignites this reaction in … 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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Full throttle: finger crunching pianism from Alice Sara Ott and Francesco Tristano at the QEH

Ravel, Debussy, Stravinsky/Alice Sara Ott & Francesco Tristano **** Queen Elizabeth Hall, 11th June 2015 Apart from the crunching key change near the end, the only variation in Ravel’s Boléro comes through its dynamics and its brilliantly inventive scoring. Ravel … Continue reading

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