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Sumptuous Strauss from Louise Alder in Wigmore jump-in

Louise Alder & Gary Matthewman **** Wigmore Hall, 22nd July 2017 We anticipated a Ukrainian barihunk singing Tchaikovsky, but ended up with an English rose singing Strauss. “Travel problems” detained Andrei Bondarenko from making his Wigmore Hall recital, his place taken at … Continue reading

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Debussy moulded by Melnikov at Wigmore Hall

Debussy: Alexander Melnikov *** Wigmore Hall, 5th April 2017 Debussy’s Général Lavine, with his bugle calls, cake-walk and badly tuned banjo, wasn’t the only thing at Wigmore Hall deserving the descriptor “eccentric” last night. Alexander Melnikov’s recital, surveying both books … Continue reading

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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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Mozart with a French accent: Emmanuelle Haïm and Le Concert d’Astrée at Wigmore Hall

Mozart: Le Concert d’Astrée/Haïm **** Wigmore Hall, 15th November 2016 Taking operatic tunes as inspiration for Harmoniemusik was nothing new in Mozart’s time. He even references his own The Marriage of Figaro in the supper scene of Don Giovanni, where … Continue reading

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Shying away from Schubert: a Wigmore Hall Winter Journey

Schubert: Winterreise (in English) Roderick Williams, Christopher Glynn; Wigmore Hall, 6th November 2016 Confession: I’ve always found recitals of German Lieder difficult. It must be language related – bitter memories of spectacularly failing German O Level with its awkward sentence construction … Continue reading

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