Tag Archives: classical music

Perdu…in translation.

The more astute amongst you will note that I have made scant comment in my periodical postcards of the other opera which is being performed here in Aix. Mozart, I hear, was quite a clever chap. He knew how to … Continue reading

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LSO Wind Academy 2011

The eagle eyed readers will have noticed that whilst a large proportion of the LSO is in Aix, almost all of those left behind performed Fauré Requiem in St Paul’s this week. I say almost all, as Fauré neglected to … Continue reading

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Game, set and match….Langrée.

Bless Maxine Kwok-Adams! For those of you who are not aware, Maxine is our resident fashionista of the 1st violin section. If column inches on a well known social networking site were the only measure of a person’s popularity then … Continue reading

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Bonjour chers amis français!

Soleil. Atmosphère estivale. Je vous écris d’Aix-en-Provence, où l’orchestre a posé ses valises  pour un mois… Adieu la pluie et le ciel gris britannique!… Nous avons commencé les répétitions pour “La Traviata”. Ah! Quelle musique merveilleuse, on ne se lasse … Continue reading

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Train Tension

The orchestra sat in near silence on the train this morning. The tension rising with the outside temperature as we sped through the mountains. I haven’t felt this much pressure on a train since Sue Mallet was on a trip … Continue reading

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Waiting for Christine…

I am at the moment sitting in a café opposite the Gare du Nord in Paris with an obligatory croissant and coffee, for which I am being charged a small fortune. I guess, to channel the ghostly words of Hemingway … Continue reading

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Exit stage left

Mahler’s Third Symphony is always an event, partly due to the size of forces needed and the space required. The famous opening with the horns in full flight is truly astonishing writing and the power unleashed by Gergiev’s hands in … Continue reading

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Megaron and the enormous organ

Another year, another blog. Yes, I know its February but this is the first time I have managed to put virtual pen to…er…virtual paper. I was looking through some of the old blogs the other day which date back to … Continue reading

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Time to go home

If you have been reading this blog since 2008 you may recall one of my postcards from our last Japanese tour which was in awe of the ability of the management out here of locating lost property including clothing, used … Continue reading

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The train rain refrain

As an encore at the recital the other night, we played a little melancholy Welsh folk song. Simple but effective in its main aim of bringing a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye. A member of … Continue reading

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