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Performer: Saleem Ashkar

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BonnKlavierrecitals III

Beethoven, Schumann, Schoenberg, Brahms
Saleem Ashkar, Piano

HamburgKlavierabend Saleem Ashkar

Bach, Messiaen, Debussy
Saleem Ashkar, Piano

GenevaBeethoven, Shostakovich

Beethoven, Shostakovich
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; David Afkham; Saleem Ashkar

LausanneBeethoven, Shostakovich

Beethoven, Shostakovich
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; David Afkham; Saleem Ashkar

BerlinKonzerthausorchester Berlin, Jan Willem de Vriend

Mozart, Haydn
Konzerthausorchester Berlin; Jan Willem de Vriend; Saleem Ashkar
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The Hallé and André de Ridder: Beethoven, Ligeti and Brahms

André de Ridder © Marco Borggreve
Having previously been Assistant Conductor at The Hallé, André de Ridder returned to a bitterly cold Manchester to conduct a fascinating programme, culminating a beautifully autumnal account of Brahms’ Symphony no.4.The Brahms was by far the most successful of the evening’s works.
***11
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RSNO: Prokofiev, Mozart and Strauss with Kazushi Ono and Saleem Abboud Ashkar

Saleem Abboud Ashkar  ©  Peter Rigaud
“Cinderella” and “ballet” might ordinarily suggest glockenspiel-topped delicacy; not in Prokofiev’s case. His ballet Cinderella, and the selection from it chosen by the RSNO, contains great variety. The Introduction’s darkness hints at the exploitation and neglect which are to be vanquished by love and happiness.
****1
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Znaider takes up the baton instead of the violin

Nikolaj Znaider  ©  George Lange
In anticipation of Nicolaj Znaider’s London conducting debut with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), I had been pondering about which solo violinists have made successful transitions to a conductor. The most obvious name would be Menuhin, although he was perhaps more a great musician than a technically great conductor.

The Master of Suspense - Chailly conducts Mahler's 10th

If you watch one of Alfred Hitchcock's better movies (The Birds and The Man Who Knew Too Much are good examples), the timing and pace has a strange effect. The first half hour passes pleasantly enough: you meet the characters, and nothing too much happens. An hour in, and the action is running at break-neck pace, your pulse is racing, and your brain is straining to keep up.