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Prom 21: BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Sondergard, Royal Albert Hall (Review)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Thomas Søndergård at the BBC PromsThe “Turning Point” in Colin Matthews’ so named orchestral piece is a change of attitude, a sudden seriousness of purpose, a great effort of will to stop moving and take stock of where it – whatever it is – is going. That Matthews did actually stop mid-composition because, precisely as the piece tells us, he … [Read More]

Posted on 30/07/2013
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Prom 32: Bernstein “Mass”, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Järvi – Review

Pace the naysayers (and there are still many of them): Bernstein’s Mass IS a masterpiece. But it’s also a theatre piece and what unfolded here at this inexplicably belated Prom premiere (inexplicable because if ever there was a Prom piece, this is it) was so static and oratorio-like and even grand in that time honoured … [Read More]

Posted on 07/08/2012
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