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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Manfred Honeck; Matthias Goerne
Despite the sombre staging, it’s the vocal fire that blazes in this impressive Trovatore in Paris.
Not quite a song cycle and not quite a song recital, but the words and music format triumphed in the end at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
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SIBELIUS AT 150
Sibelius wrote to a friend: ‘after hearing my third symphony Rimsky-Korsakov shook his head and said: Why don’t you do it the usual way; you will see that the audience can neither follow nor understand this’. Such comments summarised much of the critical reaction to this symphony and also to the Fourth.