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Philharmonia Orchestra, Goerne, Koh, Salonen, Royal Festival Hall (Review)

We began with the most beautiful moments in all of Ravel and ended with the ugliest. For the final concert, the climax, of the Philharmonia’s revelatory Lutoslawski retrospective Woven Words the fastidious Frenchman proved the perfect framing device for three of the equally fastidious Polish composer’s finest pieces. Crossing the threshold of the “Fairy Garden” … [Read More]

Posted on 22/03/2013
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Philharmonia Orchestra, Zimerman, Salonen, Royal Festival Hall (Review)

Of all the heavyweight anniversaries being celebrated this year the name of Witold Lutoslawski will have been less at the forefront of peoples’ minds had the Philharmonia Orchestra and their Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor not chosen to honour him with their Woven Words retrospective. I myself met Lutoslawski many years ago around the time … [Read More]

Posted on 31/01/2013
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Philharmonia Orchestra, Salonen, Royal Festival Hall

Sometimes the most disturbing images exist only in our imaginations – and so the questions posed in the preface to Bartok’s operatic masterpiece Duke Bluebeard’s Castle become especially pertinent: “Where did this happen – outside or within? Where is the stage – outside or within?” The answers, surely, lie “within”, making the prospect of a … [Read More]

Posted on 04/11/2011
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Philharmonia Orchestra, Salonen, Royal Festival Hall

The “Infernal Dance” goes on. But in this the second instalment of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s well-named Bartok series it was Stravinsky who ultimately called the tune and dictated the footwork. A thrill-packed performance of The Rite of Spring brought people to their feet but there’s quite nothing like the context of a well-made programme to … [Read More]

Posted on 11/02/2011
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