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Hallé Orchestra, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The connection between Verdi’s Overture to Luisa Miller and Mozart’s G major Piano Concerto No.17 may not immediately have been apparent but a few pages of both quickly pointed up operatic common ground. The curtain was duly raised on two very distinct and vivid dramas.

Mark Elder’s distinguished pedigree in Verdi ensured a stiff following … [Read More]

Posted on 26/02/2011
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Elgar “The Kingdom”, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Elder, Barbican Hall

Elgar’s The Kingdom arrives in the heat of inspiration on a surge of orchestral magnificence. A glorious theme representing “New Faith” is announced in the strings, as noble and aspirational as anything Elgar wrote. If his own faith was compromised at the time of composition (as we are reliably informed) then there is certainly no … [Read More]

Posted on 31/01/2011
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Philharmonia Orchestra, Capucon, Norrington, Royal Festival Hall

These days Sir Roger Norrington tends to stop, look, and listen rather than get stuck in; it’s almost as if it is someone else’s performance and not his own that he is enjoying. While the hive of activity that is Vaughan Williams’ Overture The Wasps buzzed busily around him it was a case of lazily … [Read More]

Posted on 15/12/2010
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