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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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Crouching pianist, hidden baritone: superb Simone Piazzola caught in Liszt ambush

Rosenblatt Recital: Simone Piazzola *** Wigmore Hall, 1st November 2016 Time honoured tradition has it that the pianist in a song recital plays the supporting role, hence the slightly derogatory term “accompanist”. Someone forgot to share that script with Giuseppe … Continue reading

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