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‘Great music which finds so many ways into our hearts’: Celebrating the splendour of Tchaikovsky’s three great ballets

In Audio, Classical music, Dance, Opinion, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Edward SeckersonLeave a Comment

I was a little late to the party in respect of Vladimir Jurowski’s scintillating new recording of the original 1877 version of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Yevgeny Svetlanov’s orchestra) but I’ve been much absorbed by it, thrilled by it.

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Paying tribute to André Previn & his ability to embrace music of spectacularly diverse genres

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

Leonard Bernstein and André Previn very different animals. But their completeness as musicians, their ability to embrace and cherish music of spectacularly diverse genres, their connection with popular culture, their many and varied gifts as conductors, composers, pianists, and impossibly eloquent commentators make them kindred spirits in so many respects.

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Gauging the significance of The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess in the chronology of American music theatre

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

The recent revival of The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess at English National Opera and the prospect of comparing all its available recordings in BBC Radio 3’s Record Review has prompted me to look a little deeper into this landmark score and to reassess its significance in the chronology of American music theatre.

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Why it’s an amazing time for diversity of style in ‘musicals’ on both sides of the pond

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

It’s an amazing time for diversity of style in “musicals” on both sides of the pond. Hamilton’s hip-hop, street poetry, storytelling, David Yazbek’s middle-eastern infused charmer The Band’s Visit, Jeanine Tesori’s Fun Home (newly arrived at London’s Young Vic while her dazzlingly original Caroline Or Change plays at the Playhouse Theatre).

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It’s never too late to play music for pleasure…

In Classical music, Concerts, Features, Inspiring people, Opinion by Susan ElkinLeave a Comment

I write a lot about the performing arts I watch other people engaging in. Last week, for a change, it was my turn. I went to Benslow Music in Hitchin for three days – for the sixth or seventh time and immersed myself in string quartets for three days. It was my birthday on the […]

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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.