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Wynton Marsalis Masterclass

A nice piece on WM: he may not be my favourite trumpeter, but he does good work. I don’t know exactly why he gets a lot of stick – too traditionalist perhaps? He’s a very articulate, modest and compelling guy doing good stuff with a variety of people including of course Simon Rattle – now…

Rattle, Ligeti, Wagner and Ravel

An exceptional prom in a so-so season despite this being one of London’s biggest years since VE Day. What was distinctive was that each piece cleverly flowed into each other thereby “robbing” the audience of the opportunity to clap. And no, the photo is of Simon Rattle and not Steven Pinker. See The Telegraph’s glowing…

Parsifal: the greatest meditation on death?

I’ve been watching James Levine‘s version of Parsifal. Though quite the production, it doesn’t come near the experience of the starker Simon Rattle production I saw at the Royal Opera House some years back in which I thoroughly appreciated Vera Dobroschke’s lighting design (see photo below). Here is the NYT review, far more receptive than the reviews of…