Category Archives: Cultural Matters

Mephisto

Mephisto FRANZ LISZT: MUSICIAN, CELEBRITY, SUPERSTAR, by Oliver Hilmes, translated by Stewart Spencer, Yale University Press, 2017. Reviewed by Stoddard Martin Where is the historian/biographer who can achieve something approaching pure objectivity? Who will try to comprehend how his subject … Continue reading

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Swan Song

Swan Song Parsifal, an opera in three acts by Richard Wagner, Staatsoper Berlin, April 8th, 2017. Director, Dmitri Tcherniakov: conductor, Daniel Barenboim: reviewed by Tony Cooper As the audience entered the auditorium of the Schiller Theatre (the temporary residence of … Continue reading

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Poems from a Silver Age

Poems from a Silver Age  P.Papinius Statius, Vol. I – Text; Vol. II – Translation; Vol. III – Secondary Apparatus; Thebaid and Achilleid (2007-8) by J.B. Hall, A.L. Ritchie and M.J. Edwards, Cambridge Scholars Publishers, reviewed by Darrell Sutton People should … Continue reading

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Bad Lieutenant

Bad Lieutenant “He dies with honour, who cannot live with honour” Madama Butterfly, music composed by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, conducted by Antonio Pappano, the Royal Opera, Thursday 30th March 2017, reviewed by Leslie Jones … Continue reading

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Dissecting Human Passions

Dissecting Human Passions Written on Skin, Royal Opera House, January 13th 2017, music composed by George Benjamin, text by Martin Crimp, directed by Katie Mitchell, reviewed by Alessandro Zummo Written on Skin comes from a close collaboration between the stage … Continue reading

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Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music

Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music Cédric Tiberghien / CBSO Soloists, John Innes Centre, Colney, Norwich, March 2017, reviewed by Tony Cooper Peppered throughout Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music seasons over the past few years has been a highly-successful series of … Continue reading

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Mark my Words

Mark my Words Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, libretto and score by Richard Wagner, Royal Opera House, 13th March 2017, directed by Kasper Holten, orchestra conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, reviewed by Leslie Jones This new production of Meistersinger, by departing … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, 13th March 2017

Endnotes, 13th March 2017 In this edition: Now Comes Beauty, from EM Records; Vaughan Williams from Norway, reviewed by Stuart Millson; Concert at St John’s, March 1st 2017, reviewed by Leslie Jones With the English Music Festival (May Bank Holiday, … Continue reading

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Carducci String Quartet

Carducci String Quartet Carducci String Quartet; John Innes Centre, Colney, Norwich, February 2017. Reviewed by Tony Cooper Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music pulled off a major coup by commissioning London-born composer, Kemal Yusuf, to write a piece for the Carducci … Continue reading

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Rigoletto, reloaded

Rigoletto, reloaded Rigoletto, opera by Giuseppe Verdi, based on the play Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo, director Jonathan Miller, revival director Elaine Taylor-Hall, conductor Sir Richard Armstrong, ENO, 2nd February 2017, reviewed by Leslie Jones Guiseppe Verdi was unquestionably … Continue reading

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