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Virtuosos in the Trenches

November 9, 20180

INVESTIGATION – The Great War Museum at Meaux (France) has devoted an extensive new exhibition to musicians in the period…

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Katia and Marielle Labèque’s “Amoria” : A celebration of Basque culture

September 12, 20180

INTERVIEW – Born in Bayonne, the pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque have produced a new CD, “Amoria”, virtually as a…

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French Opening at Classical:NEXT 2018

April 6, 20180

FOCUS – Who Said The French Were Hard To Access? Amongst music professionals the French scene is often perceived as…

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Sabine Devielhe makes use see mirages

December 30, 20170

CD – This album is without a doubt one that we’ll remember from 2017… and keep in 2018, notably to…

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Philippe Jaroussky: The public is more demanding

September 1, 20160

INTERVIEW – The countertenor opens the festival Musique en Côte-basque with arias from baroque Italian operas that made him a…

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Thibault Cauvin, Guitar For All

March 15, 20160

CD – Classical guitarist Thibault Cauvin has released a new double CD, and hopes to reach a wide audience. If…

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Boulez : from B to Z

January 6, 20160

PORTRAIT – French composer Pierre Boulez has died on thuesday (January, 5) at the age of 90. At spring 2015, the Philharmonie…

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Ivan Ilić: “Morton Feldman is Fashionable”

November 17, 20150

Feldman's music necessitates a conscious rethinking of gesture. It also requires you to lose yourself in the music, both as…

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Philippe Jaroussky and the sweet songs of Paul Verlaine

February 28, 20150

CD – “The long sobs of autumn violins…” Paul Verlaine is the French poet who is most often set to…

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Alain Altinoglu, the Conductor the Rest of the World Would Like to Nab

January 23, 20150

Portrait – He’s the conductor the rest of the world is imploring us to hand over. Alain Altinoglu revives Don…

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In Malta, Music Against Terrorism

January 20, 20150

REPORT – The Valletta International Baroque Festival, on the island of Malta, opened on 10 January by paying homage to…

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The Final Classical Concert at the Salle Pleyel

December 19, 20140

CONCERT – The Île-de-France National Orchestra’s performance at the Salle Pleyel concert hall this evening marks the end of classical…

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Roberto Alagna: Clichy, His Muses and Opera

November 14, 20140

ENCOUNTER – After several albums dedicated to French and Italian song, French tenor Roberto Alagna returns to opera, always opera,…

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Ivan Ilić Elevates our Spirit

October 17, 20141

CD – The readers of this blog met Ivan Ilić in April 2012. The American pianist of Serbian origin had…

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Is culture misogynistic?

May 19, 20140

INVESTIGATION – Appointments, quotas, parity: women’s place in culture continues to be a red-hot topic. Conductors, theatre managers, stage directors,…

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Sleeping in O’Leary’s arms

April 9, 20140

CD – A new pearl in the catalogue calls for your urgent attention: “Sleepsongs” is a delicate collection or Irish ballades…

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Philip Glass: “My music’s never sounded so good”

March 14, 20120

INTERVIEW – Premièred in 1976 at the Avignon Festival, Philip Glass’s opera Einstein on the Beach had the effect of…

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