Guildhall Artists play Elgar quintet

This was a nice and totally unexpected free concert. I was just on my way back home from BBC Singers Matthaus passion when I just came across this one at the Barbican. It was the first time I listened to Elgar Piano quintet and I like the work. It was quite interesting to contrast it with Elgar symphonic writing: a lot of similarities and a lot of differences. Melodic lines were much more naked without the dense orchestral textures.

Continue reading

The Consul at the Guildhall School

It’s easy to understand why Menotti’s The Consul won the Pulitzer Prize in 1950: it combines all the elements that make an opera great. Timothy Redmond did a magnificent work bringing the atmospheric oppression contained in the score and the few relaxing moments. Stephen Medcalf and Simon Corder production was very high class. A spinning stage flipping from Sorel’s home to the consulate office while keeping all the singers on stage in a sort of waiting room was a very clever idea.

Continue reading

Author's picture

Skate Art Guy

A guy who loves skate and arts