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Composer: Brel, Jacques (1929-1978)

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Year of birth1929
Year of death1978
NationalityUnknown
Period20th century
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RomeFrom La vie en rose to Volare

Trenet, PIaf, Montands, Aznavour, Brel, Modugno, Paoli, De André, Dalla
International Chamber Ensemble; Francesco Carotenuto
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New Creations highlight Zurich's young talents

Michelle Williems and Mackenzie Farquhar in Tauwetter © Judith Schlosser
Ballett Zürich’s Junior Ballet, fifteen members strong from ten different nations, recently wowed an enthusiastic audience with a varied programme of five modern choreographers’ works.
****1
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Stephanie Blythe and Warren Jones delight at Carnegie Hall

With a witty and adventurous program and dazzling performances of each song, Stephanie Blythe and Warren Jones did not disappoint.
*****
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Opera North's romantic tribute to Paris on Valentine's Day

Jeni Bern and Peter Auty © Richard Hubert Smith
Parisian romance from Opera North for Valentine's Day, from La bohème to Orpheus via café chansons. 
***11
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Heels Over Head celebrate Jacques Brel at Cumbernauld Theatre in Scotland

©  Susan Hay
The company is called Heels Over Head and on Friday night I fell head over heels in love with their performance, Jacques Brel in Song and Dance. Using a combination of visuals, song, dance and theatre, four multi-talented girls celebrated the works of Belgian chansonnier Jacques Brel and brought early 20th-century continental Europe to the Cumbernauld Theatre in North Lanarkshire.
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Joby Burgess and Matthew Sharp in uncharted territory

Joby Burgess and Matthew Sharp
It’s not every evening that you hear a composition played on two serrated Nigerian Fanta bottles. Nor is it every evening that you hear pieces by Schumann and David Byrne (formerly of Talking Heads) in the same concert. Nor, for that matter, do cellists often sing. As this concert’s title suggested, ‘Uncharted’ at Kings Place was very much a trip into the unknown.