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OPERA: PASSION, POWER & POLITICS – Victoria & Albert Museum ★★★★★

In Classical music, Opera, Opinion, Reviews, Special Events by Olivia MitchellLeave a Comment

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics is a vast and exhilarating exhibition which explores the complex and beautiful history of opera as well as its power to affect us all. In collaboration with the Royal Opera House, the exhibition examines seven operas both in the context of the composer’s lives and the cities and countries they were originally performed in.

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Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Chailly – Barbican

In Classical music, Concerts, Features, London theatre, Opinion, Reviews by Edward SeckersonLeave a Comment

There’s an old conductor’s adage which suggests that the only way safe to start Strauss’ Don Juan is to start before the applause has died – that way no one hears any imperfections in the upward rush of strings. Remembering those words made me smile as Riccardo Chailly and his magnificent Leipzig orchestra lept as one from the starting blocks, stretching every sinew of Strauss’ youthful tone poem as if the imperative of the piece was directly proportionate to the Don’s sexual prowess.






London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall

In Audio, Classical music, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opera, Opinion, Reviews by Edward SeckersonLeave a Comment

Mahler’s supersonic Seventh – a grand experiment in sensory colouration if ever there was one – needs no special pleading: it is what it is, a one-off, an oddity, a new departure of no fixed destination. But how different and how much more subtle and individual it sounds through the ears and fine sensibilities of … [Read More]






London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall

In Audio, Classical music, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opera, Opinion, Reviews by Edward SeckersonLeave a Comment

Mahler’s supersonic Seventh – a grand experiment in sensory colouration if ever there was one – needs no special pleading: it is what it is, a one-off, an oddity, a new departure of no fixed destination. But how different and how much more subtle and individual it sounds through the ears and fine sensibilities of … [Read More]