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Lehar “The Merry Widow”, Philharmonia Orchestra, Wilson, Royal Festival Hall (Review)

Lehar’s Merry Widow has been been spreading enchantment across the globe for well over a century. She’s the vintage champagne of operettas and the prospect of John Wilson popping her cork was more than a little enticing. Wilson, one feels, instinctively knows how this music goes and indeed did so before even the composer put … [Read More]

Posted on 03/12/2012
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A Conversation With JOHN WILSON: ‘Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies’

gallery-emc767-001-MF_largeAfter the John Wilson Orchestra’s stunning 2010 Prom celebration of Rodgers and Hammerstein I commented: “It was as close as we could imagine to being guests on the 20th Century Fox soundstage circa.1955…the sound, the style, the feel of how this music in these arrangements should go was “right” – every sigh, every swoon, every … [Read More]

Posted on 26/09/2012
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Prom 2: Lerner & Loewe “My Fair Lady”, Royal Albert Hall – review

Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady belongs in that select group of perfect musicals where pretty much every choice, every decision, every song placement simply cannot be disputed. The time-lapsing build to “The Rain in Spain” is one of those magical devices that tweaks at an audience’s anticipation so that when the moment you know … [Read More]

Posted on 17/07/2012
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Singin’ in the Rain, Royal Festival Hall

You couldn’t make it up: the water supply fails at the South Bank on the day they’re performing Singin’ in the Rain. I guess you call that a dry-run. At any rate it was the first ever concert performance of the original film score – as restored by the ever-resourceful John Wilson and delivered … [Read More]

Posted on 08/11/2010
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