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  • Where's Runnicles: Mackerras conducts Mozart (but not the recordings you are probably expecting)
    and the Edinburgh Festival in particular And of course Donald Runnicles more Contact us Please state clearly if information is not for publication We take pride in offering a site free of adverts shameless plugs aside so please don t waste your time and ours contacting us with offers Contributors Finn Pollard Tam Pollard Andrew Pugsley Freebies Press Stuff If you re a press officer or arts organisation or artist or anything and are wondering if we d like to review something you re doing you re welcome to get in touch with us we may have no idea about it or we may be coming already Please do feel free to add us to your mailing lists for press releases or invite us to season launches and the like We do not accept free tickets or review CDs not available to the general public See here for more detail as to why BlogCatalog Blog Catalog Blog Directory Where s Runnicles is very proud to have been ranked by Creative Tourist as one of the UK s top 10 arts and culture blogs Categories 2008 9 Season 44 2009 10 Season 62 2010 11 Season 52 2011 12 Season 21 2012 13 Season 6 2013 14 Season 5 2014 15 Season 2 About 16 Album of the Week 8 Aldeburgh 54 Almeida Theatre 5 Barbican 33 BBC Proms 34 BBC SSO 57 Book Reviews 4 Broadcast Reviews 16 CD Reviews 34 City Halls 31 Coliseum 36 Concert Reviews 267 Dance Reviews 10 Discography 3 Donald Runnicles 79 Donmar Warehouse 6 Ears Today 15 Edinburgh Festival 161 EIF 2005 6 EIF 2006 6 EIF 2007 18 EIF 2008 9 EIF 2009 16 EIF 2010 22 EIF 2011 23 EIF 2012 17 EIF 2013 18 EIF 2014 11 EIF 2015 15 EIF 2016 1 Features 38 Festival Hall 15 Festival Theatre 30 Film Reviews 36 Finn 275 Guest Blogs 2 Guest Reviews 2 Interviews 1 LSO 26 Mackerras 36 Mr P 5 Musical Theatre Reviews 44 National Theatre 16 Obituaries 6 Opera Reviews 137 Podcast 2 Queen s Hall 65 Royal Opera House 39 RSNO 55 SCO 2007 18 Scottish Chamber Orchestra 90 Shameless Plugs 25 Tam 480 Theatre Reviews 105 Track of the Day 1 TV Reviews 10 Usher Hall 115 Where s Runnicles Awards Every now and again usually towards the end of one of my reviews I suggest that an artist has done something so remarkable they deserve an award So I give them an elaborately named one A full list and fuller explanation can be found here Interestingly to date James Lowe is the only person to have won two Well actually we ve now given three to Donald Runnicles but they were all for the same thing Astonishingly Charles Mackerras has yet to gain even one There s time yet though Blog Archive 2015 34 December 4 November 1 October 2 August 13 July 3 June 3 May 1 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 43

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  • Where's Runnicles: Another week, another justly unknown conductor
    anything and are wondering if we d like to review something you re doing you re welcome to get in touch with us we may have no idea about it or we may be coming already Please do feel free to add us to your mailing lists for press releases or invite us to season launches and the like We do not accept free tickets or review CDs not available to the general public See here for more detail as to why BlogCatalog Blog Catalog Blog Directory Where s Runnicles is very proud to have been ranked by Creative Tourist as one of the UK s top 10 arts and culture blogs Categories 2008 9 Season 44 2009 10 Season 62 2010 11 Season 52 2011 12 Season 21 2012 13 Season 6 2013 14 Season 5 2014 15 Season 2 About 16 Album of the Week 8 Aldeburgh 54 Almeida Theatre 5 Barbican 33 BBC Proms 34 BBC SSO 57 Book Reviews 4 Broadcast Reviews 16 CD Reviews 34 City Halls 31 Coliseum 36 Concert Reviews 267 Dance Reviews 10 Discography 3 Donald Runnicles 79 Donmar Warehouse 6 Ears Today 15 Edinburgh Festival 161 EIF 2005 6 EIF 2006 6 EIF 2007 18 EIF 2008 9 EIF 2009 16 EIF 2010 22 EIF 2011 23 EIF 2012 17 EIF 2013 18 EIF 2014 11 EIF 2015 15 EIF 2016 1 Features 38 Festival Hall 15 Festival Theatre 30 Film Reviews 36 Finn 275 Guest Blogs 2 Guest Reviews 2 Interviews 1 LSO 26 Mackerras 36 Mr P 5 Musical Theatre Reviews 44 National Theatre 16 Obituaries 6 Opera Reviews 137 Podcast 2 Queen s Hall 65 Royal Opera House 39 RSNO 55 SCO 2007 18 Scottish Chamber Orchestra 90 Shameless Plugs 25 Tam 480 Theatre Reviews 105 Track of the Day 1 TV Reviews 10 Usher Hall 115 Where s Runnicles Awards Every now and again usually towards the end of one of my reviews I suggest that an artist has done something so remarkable they deserve an award So I give them an elaborately named one A full list and fuller explanation can be found here Interestingly to date James Lowe is the only person to have won two Well actually we ve now given three to Donald Runnicles but they were all for the same thing Astonishingly Charles Mackerras has yet to gain even one There s time yet though Blog Archive 2015 34 December 4 November 1 October 2 August 13 July 3 June 3 May 1 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 43 December 4 October 5 September 1 August 11 July 2 June 5 May 2 April 2 March 8 February 1 January 2 2013 52 December 2 November 1 September 2 August 17 July 6 June 5 May 5 April 2 March 9 February 2 January 1 2012 90 December 7 November 5 October 3 August 18 July 10 June 13 May 9 April 4 March 12 February 7 January 2 2011

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  • Where's Runnicles: Celibidache conducts Sibelius
    2 About 16 Album of the Week 8 Aldeburgh 54 Almeida Theatre 5 Barbican 33 BBC Proms 34 BBC SSO 57 Book Reviews 4 Broadcast Reviews 16 CD Reviews 34 City Halls 31 Coliseum 36 Concert Reviews 267 Dance Reviews 10 Discography 3 Donald Runnicles 79 Donmar Warehouse 6 Ears Today 15 Edinburgh Festival 161 EIF 2005 6 EIF 2006 6 EIF 2007 18 EIF 2008 9 EIF 2009 16 EIF 2010 22 EIF 2011 23 EIF 2012 17 EIF 2013 18 EIF 2014 11 EIF 2015 15 EIF 2016 1 Features 38 Festival Hall 15 Festival Theatre 30 Film Reviews 36 Finn 275 Guest Blogs 2 Guest Reviews 2 Interviews 1 LSO 26 Mackerras 36 Mr P 5 Musical Theatre Reviews 44 National Theatre 16 Obituaries 6 Opera Reviews 137 Podcast 2 Queen s Hall 65 Royal Opera House 39 RSNO 55 SCO 2007 18 Scottish Chamber Orchestra 90 Shameless Plugs 25 Tam 480 Theatre Reviews 105 Track of the Day 1 TV Reviews 10 Usher Hall 115 Where s Runnicles Awards Every now and again usually towards the end of one of my reviews I suggest that an artist has done something so remarkable they deserve an award So I give them an elaborately named one A full list and fuller explanation can be found here Interestingly to date James Lowe is the only person to have won two Well actually we ve now given three to Donald Runnicles but they were all for the same thing Astonishingly Charles Mackerras has yet to gain even one There s time yet though Blog Archive 2015 34 December 4 November 1 October 2 August 13 July 3 June 3 May 1 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 43 December 4 October 5 September 1 August 11 July 2 June 5 May 2 April 2 March 8 February 1 January 2 2013 52 December 2 November 1 September 2 August 17 July 6 June 5 May 5 April 2 March 9 February 2 January 1 2012 90 December 7 November 5 October 3 August 18 July 10 June 13 May 9 April 4 March 12 February 7 January 2 2011 109 December 2 November 1 October 8 September 7 August 24 July 15 June 5 May 5 April 10 March 11 February 11 January 10 2010 161 December 5 November 7 October 17 September 9 August 21 July 19 June 14 May 11 April 13 March 15 February 15 January 15 2009 171 December 14 November 11 October 10 September 21 August 26 July 10 June 18 May 10 April 21 March 10 February 11 January 9 2008 70 December 9 November 3 October 11 September 4 August 13 June 15 May 7 April 3 March 2 February 2 Another week another justly unknown conductor Celibidache conducts Sibelius January 1 2007 58 December 4 November 5 October 8 September 4 August 11 July 7 June 5 May 7 April 6 March 1 A few favourites Donald Runnicles Edinburgh International Festival

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  • Where's Runnicles: Messiaen's tall tales: Peter Hill and the SCO Chamber Ensemble play the Quartet for the End of Time
    13 Season 6 2013 14 Season 5 2014 15 Season 2 About 16 Album of the Week 8 Aldeburgh 54 Almeida Theatre 5 Barbican 33 BBC Proms 34 BBC SSO 57 Book Reviews 4 Broadcast Reviews 16 CD Reviews 34 City Halls 31 Coliseum 36 Concert Reviews 267 Dance Reviews 10 Discography 3 Donald Runnicles 79 Donmar Warehouse 6 Ears Today 15 Edinburgh Festival 161 EIF 2005 6 EIF 2006 6 EIF 2007 18 EIF 2008 9 EIF 2009 16 EIF 2010 22 EIF 2011 23 EIF 2012 17 EIF 2013 18 EIF 2014 11 EIF 2015 15 EIF 2016 1 Features 38 Festival Hall 15 Festival Theatre 30 Film Reviews 36 Finn 275 Guest Blogs 2 Guest Reviews 2 Interviews 1 LSO 26 Mackerras 36 Mr P 5 Musical Theatre Reviews 44 National Theatre 16 Obituaries 6 Opera Reviews 137 Podcast 2 Queen s Hall 65 Royal Opera House 39 RSNO 55 SCO 2007 18 Scottish Chamber Orchestra 90 Shameless Plugs 25 Tam 480 Theatre Reviews 105 Track of the Day 1 TV Reviews 10 Usher Hall 115 Where s Runnicles Awards Every now and again usually towards the end of one of my reviews I suggest that an artist has done something so remarkable they deserve an award So I give them an elaborately named one A full list and fuller explanation can be found here Interestingly to date James Lowe is the only person to have won two Well actually we ve now given three to Donald Runnicles but they were all for the same thing Astonishingly Charles Mackerras has yet to gain even one There s time yet though Blog Archive 2015 34 December 4 November 1 October 2 August 13 July 3 June 3 May 1 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 43 December 4 October 5 September 1 August 11 July 2 June 5 May 2 April 2 March 8 February 1 January 2 2013 52 December 2 November 1 September 2 August 17 July 6 June 5 May 5 April 2 March 9 February 2 January 1 2012 90 December 7 November 5 October 3 August 18 July 10 June 13 May 9 April 4 March 12 February 7 January 2 2011 109 December 2 November 1 October 8 September 7 August 24 July 15 June 5 May 5 April 10 March 11 February 11 January 10 2010 161 December 5 November 7 October 17 September 9 August 21 July 19 June 14 May 11 April 13 March 15 February 15 January 15 2009 171 December 14 November 11 October 10 September 21 August 26 July 10 June 18 May 10 April 21 March 10 February 11 January 9 2008 70 December 9 November 3 October 11 September 4 August 13 June 15 May 7 April 3 March 2 February 2 January 1 2007 58 December 4 A weekend of culture Part I Salonen and Sibelius Messiaen s tall tales Peter Hill and the SCO Cham SCO Short Changing Orchestra BANG BANG

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  • Where's Runnicles: "Plagiarise.....let no one else's work evade your eyes...
    area behind them maybe some other aspect of acoustic science that is beyond my grasp Whatever the explanation the hall or rather church was far too reverberant It rather reminded me of the Giulini recording of Bach s B Minor mass that was playing on my iPod for most of yesterday That was recorded in St Paul s Cathedral and while the BBC s engineers worked miracles taming it the problems can still be heard at the end of each track Here they were omnipresent and it made for what sounded much less clear playing than it doubtless was There was some fine work most notably from clarinetist Maximiliano Martin when I saw the orchestra in Glasgow on Friday I did wonder if he was still there as I had heard rumours he was getting itchy feet but as the diminutive musician swayed in his seat and played wonderfully the explanation became clear he has merely cut most of his hair off The other main fault lay with the conductor As a reading it altogether lacked the sort of sparkle that someone like Mackerras brings to this combination of orchestra and composer It was nice enough but it didn t dance there was never the urge to tape or conduct along He seemed to plough a slightly unsatisfactory middle ground between that and a more rich and sedate reading It only really fully caught fire in the allegretto section of the 5th movement The variations felt a little rushed It was certainly a perfectly fine solid reading and it wasn t as though it was littered with mistakes but I just wanted something more taught something with more punch Something for example along the lines of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra s recording showing incidentally that a conductor is not needed Midway through the concert another issue became apparent there is a drawback to the six o clock start it s teatime It needs to be a better performance to overcome this Perhaps November s effort which eschews the single work formula for dances from Dvorak Bartok and Kodaly will fair better Labels Concert Reviews SCO 2007 Scottish Chamber Orchestra Tam No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Search Where s Runnicles Loading Where s Runnicles Photos where s Runnicles on Twitter Tweets by wheresrunnicles Where s Runnicles on Facebook Where s Runnicles on Spotify The Where s Runnicles Podcast As well as reading us you can now listen to the Where s Runnicles Podcast Charles Mackerras 1925 2010 Read our tribute to the late great conductor Charles Mackerras Subscribe to where s Runnicles Posts Atom Posts Comments Atom Comments About us Welcome to where s Runnicles a blog founded by brothers Tam and Finn while sharing a flat in Edinburgh Finn is now based in Lincoln Our purpose to talk about the arts in general classical music and the Edinburgh Festival in particular And of course Donald Runnicles more Contact us Please state clearly if information is not for publication We take pride in offering a site free of adverts shameless plugs aside so please don t waste your time and ours contacting us with offers Contributors Finn Pollard Tam Pollard Andrew Pugsley Freebies Press Stuff If you re a press officer or arts organisation or artist or anything and are wondering if we d like to review something you re doing you re welcome to get in touch with us we may have no idea about it or we may be coming already Please do feel free to add us to your mailing lists for press releases or invite us to season launches and the like We do not accept free tickets or review CDs not available to the general public See here for more detail as to why BlogCatalog Blog Catalog Blog Directory Where s Runnicles is very proud to have been ranked by Creative Tourist as one of the UK s top 10 arts and culture blogs Categories 2008 9 Season 44 2009 10 Season 62 2010 11 Season 52 2011 12 Season 21 2012 13 Season 6 2013 14 Season 5 2014 15 Season 2 About 16 Album of the Week 8 Aldeburgh 54 Almeida Theatre 5 Barbican 33 BBC Proms 34 BBC SSO 57 Book Reviews 4 Broadcast Reviews 16 CD Reviews 34 City Halls 31 Coliseum 36 Concert Reviews 267 Dance Reviews 10 Discography 3 Donald Runnicles 79 Donmar Warehouse 6 Ears Today 15 Edinburgh Festival 161 EIF 2005 6 EIF 2006 6 EIF 2007 18 EIF 2008 9 EIF 2009 16 EIF 2010 22 EIF 2011 23 EIF 2012 17 EIF 2013 18 EIF 2014 11 EIF 2015 15 EIF 2016 1 Features 38 Festival Hall 15 Festival Theatre 30 Film Reviews 36 Finn 275 Guest Blogs 2 Guest Reviews 2 Interviews 1 LSO 26 Mackerras 36 Mr P 5 Musical Theatre Reviews 44 National Theatre 16 Obituaries 6 Opera Reviews 137 Podcast 2 Queen s Hall 65 Royal Opera House 39 RSNO 55 SCO 2007 18 Scottish Chamber Orchestra 90 Shameless Plugs 25 Tam 480 Theatre Reviews 105 Track of the Day 1 TV Reviews 10 Usher Hall 115 Where s Runnicles Awards Every now and again usually towards the end of one of my reviews I suggest that an artist has done something so remarkable they deserve an award So I give them an elaborately named one A full list and fuller explanation can be found here Interestingly to date James Lowe is the only person to have won two Well actually we ve now given three to Donald Runnicles but they were all for the same thing Astonishingly Charles Mackerras has yet to gain even one There s time yet though Blog Archive 2015 34 December 4 November 1 October 2 August 13 July 3 June 3 May 1 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 43 December 4 October 5 September 1 August 11 July 2 June 5 May 2 April

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  • Where's Runnicles: Parade at the Donmar
    the arts in general classical music and the Edinburgh Festival in particular And of course Donald Runnicles more Contact us Please state clearly if information is not for publication We take pride in offering a site free of adverts shameless plugs aside so please don t waste your time and ours contacting us with offers Contributors Finn Pollard Tam Pollard Andrew Pugsley Freebies Press Stuff If you re a press officer or arts organisation or artist or anything and are wondering if we d like to review something you re doing you re welcome to get in touch with us we may have no idea about it or we may be coming already Please do feel free to add us to your mailing lists for press releases or invite us to season launches and the like We do not accept free tickets or review CDs not available to the general public See here for more detail as to why BlogCatalog Blog Catalog Blog Directory Where s Runnicles is very proud to have been ranked by Creative Tourist as one of the UK s top 10 arts and culture blogs Categories 2008 9 Season 44 2009 10 Season 62 2010 11 Season 52 2011 12 Season 21 2012 13 Season 6 2013 14 Season 5 2014 15 Season 2 About 16 Album of the Week 8 Aldeburgh 54 Almeida Theatre 5 Barbican 33 BBC Proms 34 BBC SSO 57 Book Reviews 4 Broadcast Reviews 16 CD Reviews 34 City Halls 31 Coliseum 36 Concert Reviews 267 Dance Reviews 10 Discography 3 Donald Runnicles 79 Donmar Warehouse 6 Ears Today 15 Edinburgh Festival 161 EIF 2005 6 EIF 2006 6 EIF 2007 18 EIF 2008 9 EIF 2009 16 EIF 2010 22 EIF 2011 23 EIF 2012 17 EIF 2013 18 EIF 2014 11 EIF 2015 15 EIF 2016 1 Features 38 Festival Hall 15 Festival Theatre 30 Film Reviews 36 Finn 275 Guest Blogs 2 Guest Reviews 2 Interviews 1 LSO 26 Mackerras 36 Mr P 5 Musical Theatre Reviews 44 National Theatre 16 Obituaries 6 Opera Reviews 137 Podcast 2 Queen s Hall 65 Royal Opera House 39 RSNO 55 SCO 2007 18 Scottish Chamber Orchestra 90 Shameless Plugs 25 Tam 480 Theatre Reviews 105 Track of the Day 1 TV Reviews 10 Usher Hall 115 Where s Runnicles Awards Every now and again usually towards the end of one of my reviews I suggest that an artist has done something so remarkable they deserve an award So I give them an elaborately named one A full list and fuller explanation can be found here Interestingly to date James Lowe is the only person to have won two Well actually we ve now given three to Donald Runnicles but they were all for the same thing Astonishingly Charles Mackerras has yet to gain even one There s time yet though Blog Archive 2015 34 December 4 November 1 October 2 August 13 July 3 June 3 May 1 March 2

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  • Where's Runnicles: The Scottish CHAMBER Orchestra
    EIF 2016 1 Features 38 Festival Hall 15 Festival Theatre 30 Film Reviews 36 Finn 275 Guest Blogs 2 Guest Reviews 2 Interviews 1 LSO 26 Mackerras 36 Mr P 5 Musical Theatre Reviews 44 National Theatre 16 Obituaries 6 Opera Reviews 137 Podcast 2 Queen s Hall 65 Royal Opera House 39 RSNO 55 SCO 2007 18 Scottish Chamber Orchestra 90 Shameless Plugs 25 Tam 480 Theatre Reviews 105 Track of the Day 1 TV Reviews 10 Usher Hall 115 Where s Runnicles Awards Every now and again usually towards the end of one of my reviews I suggest that an artist has done something so remarkable they deserve an award So I give them an elaborately named one A full list and fuller explanation can be found here Interestingly to date James Lowe is the only person to have won two Well actually we ve now given three to Donald Runnicles but they were all for the same thing Astonishingly Charles Mackerras has yet to gain even one There s time yet though Blog Archive 2015 34 December 4 November 1 October 2 August 13 July 3 June 3 May 1 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 43 December 4 October 5 September 1 August 11 July 2 June 5 May 2 April 2 March 8 February 1 January 2 2013 52 December 2 November 1 September 2 August 17 July 6 June 5 May 5 April 2 March 9 February 2 January 1 2012 90 December 7 November 5 October 3 August 18 July 10 June 13 May 9 April 4 March 12 February 7 January 2 2011 109 December 2 November 1 October 8 September 7 August 24 July 15 June 5 May 5 April 10 March 11 February 11 January 10 2010 161 December 5 November 7 October 17 September 9 August 21 July 19 June 14 May 11 April 13 March 15 February 15 January 15 2009 171 December 14 November 11 October 10 September 21 August 26 July 10 June 18 May 10 April 21 March 10 February 11 January 9 2008 70 December 9 November 3 October 11 September 4 August 13 June 15 May 7 April 3 March 2 February 2 January 1 2007 58 December 4 November 5 Aida at ENO or the Company partially redeemed and Parade at the Donmar The Scottish CHAMBER Orchestra where s Runnicles flying south again tonight Th There s Runnicles or rather there was Runnicles October 8 September 4 August 11 July 7 June 5 May 7 April 6 March 1 A few favourites Donald Runnicles Edinburgh International Festival Rachel Barton Pine The Queen s Hall James Lowe Naim forum my music writing roots Runnicles Related Links Atlanta Symphony Orchestra BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Deutsche Oper Grand Teton Music Festival Arts Blogs Sites Blog on the trumpet Road New website 3 years ago A Cunning Blog Opera the Musical 3 months ago A Year With My Ears What Happened To The Ears 5

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  • Where's Runnicles: Where's Runnicles on Excursion
    the mass of the people in some other colour the point being it was quite clear who everybody was Here while the Strelsy were all in black leather they and the rest of the chorus lacked the same sense of a collection of individuals that the ENO chorus in those days could create As the show went on directorial follies became more marked The slave girls dance for Ivan became extremely sordid culminating in Khovansky firing off his revolver in a manner reminiscent of shots of Palestinians firing their guns in the air in celebration Several of the slave girls fell down dead and one of the survivors then proceeds to assassinate Khovansky He was portrayed as so dissipated that you lost the crucial sense that he has the potential to really destabilise the throne In addition he then blew his dying self up with a grenade which also seemed to eliminate Shaklovity the symbol of Peter which is totally contrary to the text This was followed by the mass execution of the Strelsy instead of their being pardoned This I subsequently discovered from reading the entry in Kobbe is what is actually supposed to happen historically but it didn t seem to add much to the drama of the story However there followed a real coup in staging even more impressive than the wall crashing to the ground in Alcina As a black cloth dropped over the façade the entire construction slid back the whole length of the stage Silently Then out into this vast empty space came what must have been about a 150 strong chorus for the final scene If they had been able to avoid fidgeting it might have been alright as they couldn t it lacked the punch of the ENO finish Musically the results were equally mixed I have never heard the bells at the end of Act 1 sound the same either live or on a recording as they did in the Coliseum Anybody wanting to put on this show should get in touch with Sian Edwards to find out how she did it Similarly I remember the mass suicide being musically tumultuous at ENO and not on the Kirov recording or here I think Edwards used an orchestration other than the Stravinsky one Again she should be consulted ideally of course she should have made a recording but the record companies never think of sensible things like that Subsequent investigation reveals that Edwards used a revised version of the Shostakovich orchestration this is definitely to be preferred to the Stravinsky Those two moments therefore did not quite work Elsewhere there was some very good singing from among the principals especially Doris Soffel as Marfa but Nagano s conducting failed to drive everything along with the requisite punch I felt in the end rather indifferent quite the opposite to the effect of his Salome Where does all this leave the Festival The sheer scale of it some 18 or so operas is far beyond anything we can boast of in the UK Granted most of those are repeats of productions already premiered during the main season but that does not detract from the overall quality The very existence of such a Festival with such lavish production values even when the productions themselves do not quite come off puts the whole British opera establishment and its funders to shame Munich is clear evidence that we can and should do better Technically too the Munich theatre surpasses its British counterparts I cannot imagine productions as complex and on such a scale being done in a British house Again it puts us to shame And finally the musical standards Yes I carped quite a bit in my comments but in general with the exception of some of the singers in Alcina there was no singer who was not serviceable pleasant to listen to Even at the Royal Opera this is often not the case and at Scottish Opera one has in recent times been lucky to have one good voice in the entire cast Munich then is evidence that in Europe they still do opera on a grand scale and it is perhaps worth remembering that Munich is not a capital city Compare it with the UK where Scottish Opera is presenting a measly four operas next season and ENO which is reduced to buying in a Rosenkavalier originally premiered about four years ago in Scotland It seems a shame that we can t do better and with the Olympics apparently sucking up all the Arts budget and then some it seems unlikely that we will at least for the forseeable future Labels Finn Opera Reviews 1 comment Anonymous 5 August 2007 at 17 45 Fascinating reading Would have liked to see a mention of Abbado and Peter Stein s epic Parsifal back in 2002 You were rather keen on the Blumenmaedchen if memory serves Hope you re keeping well Sam Rigby and Matthew Sadler Reply Delete Add comment Load more Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Search Where s Runnicles Loading Where s Runnicles Photos where s Runnicles on Twitter Tweets by wheresrunnicles Where s Runnicles on Facebook Where s Runnicles on Spotify The Where s Runnicles Podcast As well as reading us you can now listen to the Where s Runnicles Podcast Charles Mackerras 1925 2010 Read our tribute to the late great conductor Charles Mackerras Subscribe to where s Runnicles Posts Atom Posts Comments Atom Comments About us Welcome to where s Runnicles a blog founded by brothers Tam and Finn while sharing a flat in Edinburgh Finn is now based in Lincoln Our purpose to talk about the arts in general classical music and the Edinburgh Festival in particular And of course Donald Runnicles more Contact us Please state clearly if information is not for publication We take pride in offering a site free of adverts shameless plugs aside so please don t waste your time and ours

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