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The Last Night of the Proms, Royal Albert Hall (Review)

Marin Alsop conducts at the Last Night of the PromsAs it came to pass, Marin Alsop’s nationality was rather more of a factor than her gender on this historic Last Night of the Proms – but her deft put-down of remarks made only the week before (pace Petrenko) suggested that it might take a little more time (it’s only 2013, for heaven’s sake) … [Read More]

Posted on 08/09/2013
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The week in brief

I’m thinking of making this a regular feature – a quick resume of my movements during and impressions of the week just past:

I checked briefly into the BBC – and the popular Radio 4 programme “Last Word” – to record a reminiscence of Lizbeth Webb who had died in her late 80s and was … [Read More]

Posted on 08/02/2013
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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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Massenet “Cendrillon”, Royal Opera House

The words are in French but still familiar – “Once upon a time….” – and the story which follows, Cendrillon (that’s Cinderella to you and me), is writ large across the surfaces of Barbara de Limburg’s set, opening like a pop-up book of fairytales whose sliding panels have our eyes hanging on to every word. … [Read More]

Posted on 06/07/2011
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