Lenka Dusilová and Baromantika at the Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, reviewed by Jana Gajdosova

On January 29th at the Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, Czech singer Lenka Dusilová and her band Baromantika tantalised those unfamiliar with her music,  while delivering considerable satisfaction to her loyal Czech fans. Dusilová, who arrived with her newborn baby, has performed solo acts in London before,  but this was the first time that she…

Jana Gajdosova | February 11, 2015
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‘Viv McLean & David LePage play Bartók’, reviewed by Natasha Berger

The 20th century’s great musical maverick and forerunner of our sampling, appropriating, multicultural world, Béla Bartók may well be the hippest composer in the canon. The first to synthesize the folk elements of his native Hungary with the avant-garde of his day, he was also a kind of proto-ethnomusicologist, collecting and transcribing music from remote…

Natasha Berger | February 5, 2015
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Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle at the Royal Festival Hall, reviewed by Jonathan Karstadt

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The story of Bluebeard, popularised by the French writer Charles Perrault in his 1659 version, is among the oldest and best-known European folk tales. It differs from telling to telling, but invariably revolves around the arrival of a young bride at the home of her mysterious older husband, and the discovery of the murdered corpses…

Jonathan Karstadt | February 3, 2015
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Dorota Masłowska’s Mister D. live in London, reviewed by Depo Olukotun

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Experiencing a Polish live music event with absolutely no knowledge of the language is simply surreal. At Mister D’s live gig, on Wednesday 28th January, the venue might be London’s edgy-cum-hip Hoxton but the setting is decidedly Polish, so the only way forward is to lose yourself in the moment. Basking in it comes easily,…

Depo Olukotun | February 3, 2015
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Hradišťan’s ‘Fragile Seconds’ reviewed by Eleanor Janega

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Vteřiny křehké, or Fragile Seconds, is a heartfelt and delicate folk album from Hradišťan and their artistic director Jiří Pavlica, mainstays on the Czech arts scene since 1978. At times their concepts are presented solely as musical experiences, but in the past they’ve also included live dance components with bespoke choreography. Oscillating between heart-breaking and joyful,…

Eleanor Janega | February 1, 2015
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‘The Russian Virtuosi of Europe’ with Boris Grebenshikov at Cadogan Hall, reviewed by Eugenia Ellanskaya

What better place for Londoners to submerge themselves in Russian culture than Chelsea? Here the Russian language can be heard at virtually every street-corner, the area a favourite residence and leisure hotspot for many well-off expats. But it’s not just about the clichéd luxurious world of Meet the Russians: some truly soulful glimpses of Russian culture…

Eugenia Ellanskaya | January 18, 2015
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Preview: Enescu Month in London 22/01 – 07/02/2015

@ RCI London & Southbank Centre   “The Enescu Month in London (23 January – 7 February 2015) is the culmination of more than 7 uninterrupted years of memorable soirées dedicated to the totemic figure of Romanian symphonic tradition and organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute in association with the Enescu Society of London. Bringing together…

Robin Ashenden | January 12, 2015
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CEEL Reader Special Offer: 50% off tickets for Bartoks ‘Duke Bluebeard’s Castle’, 27 January 2015 at the Royal Festival Hall

“Charles Dutoit conducts Duke Bluebeard’s Castle SHARE THIS EVENT Tuesday 27 January 2015 7.30pm ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON CONDUCTOR – CHARLES DUTOIT PIANO – MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN MEZZO-SOPRANO – ANDREA MELÁTH BASS – BÁLINT SZABÓ BERLIOZ The Damnation of Faust: Hungarian March LISZT Piano Concerto No.2 BARTÓK Duke Bluebeard’s Castle A masterpiece of 20th-century opera, Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s…

Robin Ashenden | November 17, 2014
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Mariinsky Opera’s ‘The Left-Hander’ at the Barbican, reviewed by Eugenia Ellanskaya

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Conductor Valery Gergiev, composer Rodion Shchedrin and the Mariinsky Opera itself – these names have long been brands of quality and style in Russian theatre culture. The title of their latest production at the Barbican – The Left-Hander – is perhaps unfamiliar to many, but its fantastical plot is undoubtedly topical for Russia’s relationship with…

Eugenia Ellanskaya | November 12, 2014