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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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LSO, Alsop, Barbican Hall

It was extraordinary but not especially surprising how Gustav Mahler’s presence could loom so large in a concert containing not one single note of his music. His pointless “retouching” of the Beethoven symphonies and wholesale repression of his wife Alma’s compositional talent were both marked by the same motives: a willful self-interest.

So there was, … [Read More]

Posted on 06/12/2010
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