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Hradišťan’s ‘Fragile Seconds’ reviewed by Eleanor Janega


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 | 01/02/2015
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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 | 18/01/2015

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 | 12/01/2015
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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 | 17/11/2014
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Mariinsky Opera’s ‘The Left-Hander’ at the Barbican, reviewed by Eugenia Ellanskaya


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 | 12/11/2014
The Vit Kristan Trio at the Spice of Life.

Vit Kristan Trio at Spice of Life: review by Jesse Kirkwood

Last Thursday marked Vit Kristan’s second appearance at Soho’s Spice of Life music bar, and the first since the release of his debut album earlier this year. The exciting young Czech pianist, accompanied by veteran double-bassist Jaromir Honzak and Roman Vicha on drums, plays a bewildering range of genres, veering from post-bop and straight-ahead to…

Jesse Kirkwood | 25/09/2014
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Jonathan Karstadt reviews ‘4’ by Prague supergroup Eggnoise


Since its formation in 1994, the Czech band Eggnoise has defied classification with its frenetic genre-hopping. With the ability to evoke Radiohead, Donald Byrd and Simon & Garfunkel over the course of a single record, the band’s first three albums What a World (2003), Albumen (2007) and Yolk (2010) are characterised by relentless musical experimentation…

Jonathan Karstadt | 08/08/2014
DakhaBrakha by Lyudmila Dobrynina

Eugenia Ellanskaya reviews Ukraine’s DakhaBrakha at Rich Mix.

Dash Arts continue to delight their audiences with musical talents from Eastern Europe as part of their latest regional focus. Last week they hit some sensitive strings by bringing to London a musical quartet from the very heart of the European crisis. The Ukrainian band Dakha Brakha is an eclectic musical phenomenon that seeks to…

Eugenia Ellanskaya | 06/08/2014
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Eugenia Ellanskaya reviews Radik Tyulyush’s concert with Dash Art

Radik Tyulyush is a world-renowned throat singer. If the concept of throat singing sounds unfamiliar to you, then you are in for a great musical discovery, all the way from the depths of Inner Asia. Here, in the small Republic of Tuva near Mongolia,  every other person knows about the unusual skill. Last week the…

Eugenia Ellanskaya | 20/07/2014