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Franck: Piano Quintet, Debussy: String Quartet CD review – a game of two halves

4 days ago
Guardian MusicTakács Quartet, Marc-André Hamelin (piano) (Hyperion)Of all the music César Franck wrote, four works made his name: the Symphonic Variations, the Violin Sonata, the Symphony in D minor and this Piano Quintet. The quintet (1879) shares that same b... more info

Pierre Boulez: Young Composer and Conductor CD review – hallmark clarity and precision

7 days ago
Guardian MusicMenuhin/Concertgebouw/Domaine Musical/BBCSO/Boulez(Praga)Pierre Boulez’s recording career began in earnest in the mid-1960s, when he signed a contract with Columbia (now Sony Classical). But he had been making records for some years before that, es... more info

Dennis Lee: Debussy Piano Works Vol 1 review – confidence and clarity

19 days ago
Guardian Music(ICSM)The Malaysian pianist Dennis Lee’s recording of works by Szymanowski for Hyperion won high praise for his handling of the music’s complex sonorities, and again, this time in Debussy, it is the clarity of Lee’s playing that first strikes t... more info

The poetry and music of Henri Dutilleux in five key works

29 days ago
Guardian MusicAhead of Saturday’s BBCSO Total Immersion festival, conductor Pascal Rophé picks five pieces that reveal Dutilleux’s magical and unique soundworldThis weekend, the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Total Immersion festival is dedicated to Henri Dutille... more info

Speaking the same language – with song

29 days ago
Guardian MusicFrom Curragh of Kildare to Last Boat Leaving … Irish singer and actor Camille O’Sullivan on a concert to mark the Easter Rising centenary that taps the rich musical connection between England and IrelandI was born in London and raised in Ireland,... more info

LPO/Jurowski/Perianes review – wit, colour and fire

35 days ago
Guardian MusicRoyal Festival Hall, LondonIn a programme exploring the influence of the exotic, pianist Javier Perianes shone in Saint-Saëns, Jurowksi and the PO brought drama and poise to works by Dukas, Debussy and HoneggerVladimir Jurowski’s programme with th... more info

Debussy: 'one of the most original of 'moderns' - from the archive, February 1908

37 days ago
Guardian Music2 February 1908: On his first visit to London, The Observer reviews Claude Debussy conducting his works at the Queen’s HallM. Claude Debussy, who by nature is almost as shy and retiring as his music is diaphanous, came to London during the week and... more info

Asian inspiration as L.A. Philharmonic tackles 'Pelléas'; Pacific Symphony 'Turandot'

94 days ago
L.A. Times - EntertainmentWe credit Asia too little with its role in the rejuvenation of opera in the early 20th century, especially in France and Italy. Not long after hearing a Javanese gamelan, Debussy set about to compose his seminal "Pellas et Mlisande," completed a de... more info

Review: S.F. Opera strikes out twice with Getty and Debussy takes on 'Usher'

169 days ago
Mercury News, CaliforniaBoth one-acters based on Edgar Allan Poe short story exhibit a lot of drear and little drama more info

Why you need to see the Getty's collection of video art from Latin America

359 days ago
L.A. Times - EntertainmentThe video begins with theopening piano chords of Claude Debussy's melancholic "Clair de Lune" as the viewer is taken inside theempty Peruvian Congress. The camera lingers on architectural details: theClassical columns, a weighty bronze bas relief,... more info

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