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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Nadia Boulanger: ‘between intimidating and terrifying’

April 12, 20180

By MICHAEL JOHNSON – Perhaps enough time has passed since the death of the famous French pedagogue Nadia Boulanger to…

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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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This Lively American has “got rhythm”

February 1, 20180

INTERVIEW by MICHAEL JOHNSON – David Lively, American pianist based in Paris, has just published a new CD, “I Got…

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An ethereal touch with Dumont’s Trio Elegiaque

January 29, 20180

CD by MICHAEL JOHNSON – “Playing the Schubert trios is one of the greatest satisfactions a musician can have, “…

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Review : Barenboïm in Bordeaux

January 21, 20180

REVIEW by Michael Johnson – Nearly two hours of Debussy’s solo piano music at one sitting can be, for some,…

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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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Around America with Radio France

October 31, 20170

IN ENGLISH – Anna, this blog’s young guest writer, has attended a concert at Maison de la radio in Paris.…

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REVIEW : David Kadouch and Edgar Moreau at Saint Denis Festival

July 9, 20170

REVIEW- On Sunday 25th June, the young cellist Edgar Moreau and pianist David Kadouch performed at the Légion D’honneur. The…

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A Rebel at Saint Denis Festival : Teodor Currentzis

June 9, 20170

REVIEW – The Saint Denis Basilica is a large medieval church where all the kings of France are buried. It…

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How to find cheap tickets to classical concerts in Paris

May 19, 20173

Paris’ most prestigious concert halls have just revealed their programmes for season 2017-2018. So at ‘classique mais pas has been’…

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Benjamin Alard and Bach’s Goldberg Variations

April 6, 20170

REVIEW – Bach’s Goldberg Variations are seen as the pinnacle of virtuosic performance as hands leap from one side of…

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Review : Simon Ghraichy at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

March 22, 20170

REVIEW – On the 4th March, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées opened its doors to the charismatic young pianist, Simon Ghraichy.…

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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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