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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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Civilised classics in the Alps: Sir András Schiff and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra

Verbier Festival: Sir András Schiff/VFCO *** Salle des Combins, 28th July 2016 There cannot be many more spectacular views enjoyed during a concert interval than that from the terrace of the Salle des Combins, the main venue for the Verbier Festival. … Continue reading

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Tales of Hoffmann and the Hammerklavier: Yuja Wang scales summits in Verbier

Verbier Festival: Yuja Wang *** Salle des Combins, 27th July 2016 Chinese pianist Yuja Wang has forged a stellar reputation thus far founded on flashy repertoire. Her Rachmaninov is dazzling, as is her Ravel. Recently though, she has taken steps … Continue reading

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Worshipping at the shrine of Grigory Sokolov in Verbier

Verbier Festival: Grigory Sokolov ***** L’Église de Verbier, 26th July 2016 It was apt that Grigory Sokolov gave this recital in Verbier’s church. The cult Russian pianist, who refuses to play in the UK due to visa regulations, only gives a … Continue reading

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