Curse from the Gods

Vol: 181 | 1 August 2017

Meet with the enigmatic Ali Ben Sou Alle,
discover Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini,
and do you have a split personality?

Cello Wizardry2
Leonard Rose and
Yo-Yo Ma
Curse from the Gods
The Fatal Epilepsy
The Kreisler Scandal
Composer of
“lost classics”
Lucerne Festival in Summer
The prestigious Lucerne Festival had first begun in 1938 in the gardens facing Richard Wagner’s villa in Tribschen. Its first season had featured the legendary Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini conducting an élite orchestra specially assembled for the occasion. Located in the picturesque and historic Old Town of Lucerne, the festival holds three signature events every year – Lucerne Festival at the Piano, at Easter and in Summer. Showcasing a diverse genre of programmes performed by a series of world famous artists, the festival’s irreplaceable reputation is universally heralded...
Date: August 11 to September 10, 2017
Country: Switzerland
What's New
Ali Ben Sou Alle
A 19th Century Frenchman in Mysore
Four Pieces
in Search of an Opera
In the mid-19th century, a great many French musicians were forced to leave their homeland and seek their fortunes elsewhere, sometimes far from Europe. Many of these were refugees from the events of the Third French Revolution of 1848, which ended the Restoration of the French Monarchy and began the Second Republic...
Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571) lived a life of action, for a goldsmith, that is. His father was a Florentine musician and musical instrument maker and the young Benvenuto was, as a rarity, pushed towards music but persuaded his father to apprentice him to a goldsmith. Banished from Florence for 6 months, the young Benvenuto studied goldsmithing in Siena before moving on to Bologna...
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Feather light and forgettable
Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Split Personality
On practising and performing
There was little to commend the new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Aix-en-Provence Festival 2017. The stage set lacked any recognizable theme, and the intermittently raised and dropped metallic curtains offered no discernible purpose. Ditto on the costumes that ranged from contemporary to period, to several that looked like they had been borrowed...
As performing musicians we have to develop a split personality. This somewhat schizophrenic state (or states) of being has to do with our need to understand and appreciate the difference between practising and performing. The most visible way in which we differentiate between practiser and performer is how we dress...
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My music Video Forgotten records

Concert for violin, piano and string quartet in D major

Cello Sonata No. 3
(Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma)

Scherzo-Tarentelle, op. 16

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