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London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hannigan, Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall

Barbara HanniganVladimir Jurowski deemed this the most challenging of any programme in the South Bank’s year long The Rest is Noise festival and proceeded to tell us precisely why. That his little preamble lasted almost twice as long as the first piece – Webern’s Variations for Orchestra Op.30 – was an indicator of just how scientific … [Read More]

Posted on 28/04/2013
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Martinu “Julietta”, English National Opera – Review ****

Julietta. The name is spelt out across the front cloth in the shifting body shapes of a sleeping figure – Michel Lepic, a bookseller (Peter Hoare). He stirs where the final “A” should be and with a suitcase packed full of dreams goes in search of his “eternal feminine” to a small French coastal town … [Read More]

Posted on 18/09/2012
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London Philharmonic Orchestra, Saraste, Royal Festival Hall

In a programme note for the premiere of his 2nd Violin Concerto in 1943 Bohuslav Martinu wrote of the eternal tension between “absolute music” and music with an expressive purpose. But times and attitudes change and his suggestion that the soloist in this rarely heard piece represents a more objective projection of the material and … [Read More]

Posted on 16/12/2010
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