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Prom 50: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Weilerstein, Belohlavek, Royal Albert Hall

Alisa Weilerstein BBC Proms 2014.Even as orchestras began to sound more and more alike, there was the Czech Philharmonic. And many of its notable characteristics remain to this day: a modest, homespun, quality, warm and engaging and full of bright-eyed distinction in the woodwinds. In the pithy but immensely passionate overture to Janacek’s last opera From the House of [Read More]

Posted on 25/08/2014
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Janacek “The Cunning Little Vixen”, Glyndebourne Festival Opera

It might be deduced that the only thing worse than working with children and animals would be working with children as animals. But Leos Janacek was unfazed by the old Hollywood adage and his cartoon-strip derived opera The Cunning Little Vixen was spirited from page to stage with uncynical conviction and, it has to be … [Read More]

Posted on 21/05/2012
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Prom 9: Hallé Orchestra, Elder, Royal Albert Hall

Homecomings, real and imagined, marked out this season’s Hallé Prom. For Sibelius, brazen horn fanfares and myriad string ostinati carried us at the gallop to the heart of the Finnish heartlands. Everything in his rarely performed Scènes historiques – Suite No.2  is seen, or rather heard, with absolute clarity. We are a long way from … [Read More]

Posted on 22/07/2011
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National Youth Orchestra, Jarvi, Barbican Hall

It was as audacious as it was challenging: a programme to wreak havoc on sensitive dispositions – and because this was the National Youth Orchestra there was something incredibly liberating about the welter of sound that unleashed it. The fabulous anarchy of Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite bore down on us with three tubas, extra horns and … [Read More]

Posted on 08/01/2011
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