Category Archives: Cultural Matters

Review of Handel’s Berenice

Review of Handel’s Berenice  Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden, 27th March 2019, co-production by Royal Opera and London Handel Festival, directed by Adele Thomas, London Handel Orchestra conducted by Laurence Cummings, libretto translated by Selma Dimitrijevic, reviewed by Leslie Jones Bragging … Continue reading

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Van Gogh and Britain

Van Gogh and Britain Van Gogh and Britain, Tate Britain, 27th March 2019, exhibition curated by Carol Jacobi Van Gogh and Britain, edited by Carol Jacobi, Tate Publishing, London, 2019, 240 pp Reviewed by Leslie Jones From 1873-1876, Van Gogh … Continue reading

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Getting to Know Benno Landsberger

Getting to Know Benno Landsberger Luděk Vacín, The Unknown Benno Landsberger: ‘A Biographical Sketch of an Assyriological Altmeister’s Development, Exile, and Personal Life’, (Harrassowitz Verlag, 2018), $45.00. Pp.132 Assyriologists in recent times have ruminated on their own discipline. Historical sketches of notable … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, March 2019

ENDNOTES, March 2019 In this edition; contemporary British music on the Sheva label: the Danish National Seasonal Songbook, from OUR Recordings; reviewed by Stuart Millson Hector Berlioz, Grande Messe des Morts (Requiem), a concert at St Paul’s, reviewed by Leslie Jones One … Continue reading

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Così fan tutte

Così fan tutte Così fan tutte, ossia La Scuola degli Amanti, opera buffa in two acts, music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, conducted by Stefano Montanari, directed by Jan Philipp Gloger, first revival, Royal Opera, 25th … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, February 2019

ENDNOTES, February 2019 In this edition: choral music by Rautavaara, orchestral music by Künneke, reviewed by STUART MILLSON Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016) enjoyed fame in Britain in the latter part of his life. His orchestral music – semi-romantic and Sibelius-infused – … Continue reading

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Kát’a Kabanová

Kát’a Kabanová Opera in three acts; music by Leoš Janáček, libretto by Leoš Janáček based on a Czech translation of Alexander Nikolayevich Ostrovsky’s play The Thunderstorm, orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner, direction by Richard Jones, Royal Opera, Monday 4th February … Continue reading

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La Traviata, 2019

La Traviata, 2019 La Traviata, opera in three acts, music by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, after La dame aux camélias by Alexander Dumas (fils), conducted by Antonello Manacorda, directed by Richard Eyre, Royal Opera, 14th January 2019, … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, January 2019

ENDNOTES, January 2019 In this edition: Revive– from Chandos Records; George Antheil’s American Symphony; Nostalgia from Wim Henderickx, reviewed by STUART MILLSON What better way to begin our 2019 musical journey than with a lively and completely refreshing compilation from Chandos of baroque … Continue reading

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When the Fun Stops, Stop

When the Fun Stops, Stop The Queen of Spades, opera in three acts, music by Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, libretto by Modest and Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, after Pushkin’s novella Pikovaya Dama, conducted by Antonio Pappano, directed by Stefan Herheim, Royal Opera, … Continue reading

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