Category Archives: Cultural Matters

Something Missing in Propertius

Something Missing in Propertius   by Darrell Sutton Readers can be perplexed by the arguments that textual critics employ when they emend the wording of ancient writers. Critics’ trains of thought are not easy to follow at times; but assiduity is … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, August 2019

ENDNOTES, August 2019 In this edition: Pergolesi, A Neapolitan Stabat Mater; the film music of Gerard Schurmann, reviewed by Stuart Millson From the extraordinary across-the-centuries choral archive that is the ICSM/CHRONOS record label, comes one of the most surprising and dazzlingly … Continue reading

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Obituary – Feliks Wegierski,

Obituary – Feliks Wegierski by Apolonja (Pola) Maria Kojder Feliks Wegierski was born in Dzialdowo, in north-western, pre-war Poland, in 1923. He showed an early aptitude for sketching and drawing, and carved small wooden toys for his eight siblings (three … Continue reading

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A Family Romance – review of L’Arlesiana

A Family Romance – review of L’Arlesiana Opera in three acts, music composed by Francesco Cilea, libretto by Leopoldo Marenco after Alphonse Daudet, new production by Investec Opera Holland Park, City of London Sinfonia and Opera Holland Park Chorus conducted … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, July 2019

  ENDNOTES, July 2019 A great conductor at 90, by Stuart Millson A packed auditorium, whether in London, Amsterdam, Boston, Berlin or Chicago and sustained applause which continues for much longer than is usual – the chances are that the … Continue reading

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Topsy-Turvy

Topsy-Turvy  Review of La Fille du Régiment, Opéra Comique in two acts, music by Gaetano Donizetti, libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges & Jean-François-Alfred Bayard, conducted by Evelino Pidò, directed by Laurent Pelly, fourth revival of the 2007 production, Royal Opera … Continue reading

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Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety Carmen, Opéra Comique in three acts, music composed by Georges Bizet, libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy after Prosper Mérimée’s 1845 novella Carmen, revival of the 2018 Royal Opera Production, directed by Barrie Kosky, conducted by Julia … Continue reading

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Spellbound

Spellbound Un Ballo in Maschera, music composed by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Antonio Somma, Investec Opera Holland Park, City of London Sinfonia conducted by Matthew Kofi Waldren, new production of the original, uncensored version directed by Rodula Gaitanou, based on … Continue reading

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Leaving Sneddonland

Leaving Sneddonland On Michael Jackson, Margo Jefferson, Granta, £9.99, reviewed by Stoddard Martin It is unfortunate, if perhaps inevitable, that great creators, not least of music, should morph into personalities to be analysed to death, or beyond. Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner … Continue reading

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The Boyars, Back in Town

The Boyars, Back in Town Boris Godunov, opera in seven scenes, original version (1869), music by Modest Musorgsky, libretto by Musorgsky adapted from the historical tragedy by Alexander Pushkin, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Marc Albrecht, directed … Continue reading

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