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Mon 13 Nov, 2017:
James McCarthy: Codebreaker; Will Todd: Ode to a Nightingale

Codebreaker is an exceptional achievement on numerous counts. The very opening vies in its visceral impact with the opening of Vaughan Williams’s A...

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Wed 08 Nov, 2017:
Joubert: Missa Wellensis, Op 174; Locus iste, Op 175; St Mark Passion, Op 180

In his 90th year, John Joubert’s profile continues to rise after the success of Jane Eyre (reviewed 28 April 2017) with this trio of direct, sincere...

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Mon 23 Oct, 2017:
Mozart: Il sogno di Scipione, K 126

Mozart wrote Il sogno di Scipione, when he was about 16, as a Serenata honouring the Archbishop of Salzburg, who died before he could hear it. Mozart...

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Fri 20 Oct, 2017:
Aldridge: Sister Carrie

If Robert Aldridge and librettist Herschel Garfein’s second opera lacks the emotional punch of 2007’s Elmer Gantry, it is no less elegantly...

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Fri 29 Sep, 2017:
Stravinsky: Le Rossignol; Pribaoutki; Deux Poèmes de Paul Verlaine

Lovers of Stravinsky’s technicoloured tone poem Le chant du rossignol who are not familiar with the work it emerged from may be surprised by the...

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Wed 27 Sep, 2017:
Music for Troubled Times: The English Civil War and Siege of York – Choral Works by Byrd, Lawes, Hutchinson, Tomkins, Child, Wilson, Jeffreys and Locke

A country divided, politics in turmoil, religious intolerance on the rise… Nearly four centuries after the English Civil War, England seems barely...

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Fri 01 Sep, 2017:
Ravel: L'heure espagnole; Chabrier: España

The earlier of Maurice Ravel’s two operas, L’heure espagnole (1908) shares some of the comic spirit of his later one, L’enfant et les...

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Mon 28 Aug, 2017:
Pfitzner: Die Rose vom Liebesgarten

Here’s a curio. Pfitzner’s Die Rose vom Liebesgarten was already sounding anachronistic when first staged in 1905. A Lohengrin-like,...

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Fri 04 Aug, 2017:
Rossini: Sigismondo

This is a live recording of a rarely performed opera. Sigismondo (King of Poland) believes that his wife, Aldimira, has been executed on his...

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Fri 28 Jul, 2017:
Mussorgsky: Songs and Dances of Death (orch Edison Denisov); St John's Night on Bald Mountain; Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky, Op 78

Mussorgsky lovers will surely be interested to hear Edison Denisov’s at times subtly re-harmonised settings of the Songs and Dances of Death, the...

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Wed 26 Jul, 2017:
Wagner: Parsifal

Sir Mark Elder’s Parsifal with the Hallé Orchestra at the 2013 BBC Proms was enthusiastically reviewed at the time but something has been lost in...

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Tue 25 Jul, 2017:
Pretty Yende: A Journey – Arias by Rossini, Delibes, Bellini, Gounod, and Donzietti

This recital of seven scenes and arias marks a significant milestone in Pretty Yende’s journey from the South African townships to a career on...

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Wed 19 Jul, 2017:
Dvořák: Stabat Mater, Op 58

Jiří Bělohlávek’s death in May at the age of 71 brought to an end a career dedicated to the championing of Czech music. The inheritor of the...

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Thu 13 Jul, 2017:
Schubert: Arias and Overtures

For Schubert and the German music theatre of his time, words were of utmost importance which precluded florid singing. Unfortunately for the composer,...

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