Entries by Paul Guest from 01/2012

What Is Dazzling Technique?

| Posted 01.07.2012 | Huffington Post

I am often frustrated with the way critics talk about pianists; one, including this particular critic, often describes the pianist in critique as havi...

LSO/Pappano; Through the Looking Screen; Early Opera Company/Wigmore Hall - review

| Posted 01.12.2012 | Huffington Post

Ades' Dances from his 2003 opera 'Powder her Face' explored the LSO's versatility. Pappano wonderful accented every phrase he could with his full-bodied gestures guiding the well responsive orchestra through syncopated rhythms and heavy jazz.

Andreas Scholl - Bach Cantatas; Aleksandra Kurzak - Gioia! /Decca - review

| Posted 01.18.2012 | Huffington Post

This is countertenor Andreas Scholl's first Bach recording for Decca. He holds worldwide acclaim and is regularly hailed as the "world's greatest countertenor". His superstardom, however, has not stopped him from honouring the works of a certain composer that he has known since the age of nine: Bach.

Thoughts on Present Discontents: I. Money and Art

| Posted 01.21.2012 | Huffington Post

Apologies for the rambling thoughts below, but I feel as though they should be aired to gauge a wider opinion. At this point one must admit his inexpe...

Gourlay/BBCSO; The Enchanted Island/Metropolitan Opera - review

| Posted 01.21.2012 | Huffington Post

America seems to have a wealth of talented composers that are currently sailing over the waters and another composer sailed over this evening: 32 year...

In Conversation with Nicky Spence and Thomas Kemp

| Posted 01.22.2012 | Huffington Post

As one of the most celebrated composers of his generation, Mark-Anthony Turnage has written a great number of large-scale orchestral works and operas, including his most recent commission for the Royal Opera House, Anna Nicole.

Get Your Groove On

| Posted 01.30.2012 | Huffington Post

A huge success in Berlin's hip cultural scene this is the Yellow Lounge's second visit to London and I'd say a successful one. I was confused as to what the format of the event was; was it an informal recital? Or was it, indeed, a classical music clubbing night? The definition was hard to tell.

Il prigioniero/Philharmonia; Wagner's Dream/BBCSO; Sarah-Jane Brandon/Classical Opera Company- review

| Posted 01.31.2012 | Huffington Post

A week of opera: The Philharmonia presented an interesting programme of Beethoven followed by Dallapiccola's Il prigioniero at the Royal Festival Hal...