All 2018 Features

Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: David McVicar's production of Puccini’s Tosca with Yoncheva, Grigolo & Lučić [Showing on January 27]
Friday, January 12, 2018 |  Since its premiere in January 1900 Puccini’s Tosca has been an audience favourite. ... Cavaradossi admits the lady’s features are to his own lover, the operatic diva Floria Tosca. ... He has escaped from imprisonment by the Chief of Police Baron Scarpia. ... At this moment news arrives that Napoleon’s forces rallied and have defeated the Naples forces at the Battle of Marengo. ... Her most famous aria is ‘Vissi d’arte’ – a rather curious episode in the second Act where, whilst Scarpia is demanding sexual favours, the action stops and the soprano pours out her heart to her God. ... For various reasons there have been numerous cast changes, including Opolais, Kaufmann and Terfel withdrawing. The cast now includes Sonya Yoncheva as Tosca. ... Vittorio Grigolo is Cavaradossi, one that should suit his impassioned style. As Scarpia there is the imposing Serbian baritone Željko Lučić... 
Feature Review: From ICA Classics – BBC Legends box sets and Guido Cantelli, Herbert von Karajan, Otto Klemperer
Tuesday, January 02, 2018 |  The second volume of BBC Legends, now courtesy of ICA, reissues a further twenty discs. ... As bonus tracks, another stellar violinist, Nathan Milstein, is heard, playing Paganini, Falla and Nováček (1957) – very fine – and where a pianist is needed, it’s Ernest Lush. Next Thomas Beecham’s Royal Festival Hall accounts of Sibelius 2 (BBCSO, 1954) and Dvořák 8 (RPO, 1959), the performances exciting, expressive and atmospheric, even explosive; and also RFH, 1961, Sviatoslav Richter mesmerising in piano music by Haydn and Prokofiev... ... The Russian connection continues with the Borodin Quartet, its members as in 1962, attending Edinburgh and playing Shostakovich (No.8), Borodin (No.2) and Ravel. Benjamin Britten had his Russian confreres (including Richter, Rostropovich and Shostakovich) and on Disc Fourteen he stylishly conducts Tchaikovsky’s Suite No.4... ... The ICA Classics triptych – featuring Guido Cantelli, Herbert von Karajan and Otto Klemperer, mostly with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London... 

 

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