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Edward Seckerson

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Edward is a writer and broadcaster. A one-time actor and musician, he is currently Chief Classical Music Critic for the Independent. He wrote and presented the long-running BBC Radio 3 series Stage and Screen and has been on Gramophone magazine's reviewing panel for many years.

Articles by Edward Seckerson

The Seckerson Tapes: Schumann Quartet

The brothers Erik, Ken, and Mark Schumann founded the Schumann Quartet in 2007 and it might well have been an all-family affair had the cellist’s twin sister chosen to switch from violin to viola and...

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Sibelius Cycle 1, Berliner Philharmoniker, Rattle, Barbican

Simon Rattle’s Sibelian journey has been long and fruitful and has taken him all the way from Birmingham to Berlin, and more particularly the revered Philharmonic where the spaces between the notes...

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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Playhouse Theatre

It’s true that there is something wildly, garishly, theatrical about Pedro Almodóvar’s films – none more so than this rampant farce – but it’s equally true that their sensibility is far removed from...

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The Grand Tour, Finborough Theatre

Everything about this little-known and largely forgotten show suggests epic, starting with the title: multiple locations, ambitious concept, big ideas. But like so much of Jerry Herman's work - and...

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Assassins, Menier Chocolate Factory

Santa Claus does make it to the Menier Chocolate Factory this Christmas but his name is Sam Byck and he plans to fly a 747 into the White House and “incinerate Dick Nixon”. So not the Christmas show...

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Vogt, LPO, Nézet-Séguin, Royal Festival Hall

Music lovers invariably divide into two factions over the Brahms piano concertos: those who thrill to the elemental D minor and those who prefer to bask in the more reflective charms of the sumptuous...

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Memphis, Shaftesbury Theatre

It's throwback week on the West End, with two very different shows recalling the darkest days of America's racial disharmony. But whereas The Scottsboro Boys shocks and satirises and has us choke on...

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The Scottsboro Boys, Garrick Theatre

You come away from The Scottsboro Boys sure of two things: that the next cakewalk you hear will induce queasiness and that the show's director/choreographer Susan Stroman is some kind of genius. This...

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Gypsy, Chichester Festival Theatre

There’s a moment of stunned silence in Imelda Staunton’s storming Mama Rose at the Chichester Festival Theatre, a long, long, moment where neither speaking nor singing she conclusively demonstrates...

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BBC Singers, BBCSO, Litton, Barbican Hall

The problem with programming Charles Ives’s Fourth Symphony - and only the very bold and resourceful and/or the BBC are ever likely to do so - is that it eclipses everything, and I mean everything,...

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Prom 59: Elektra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bychkov

How much familial dysfunction and lust - whether for sexual gratification or revenge - can one take in a single weekend? Salome and Elektra back-to back may on paper seem like a feast of divine...

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Prom 50: Weilerstein, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Bělohlávek

Even as orchestras began to sound more and more alike, there was the Czech Philharmonic. And many of its notable characteristics remain to this day: a modest, homespun quality, warm and engaging and...

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Prom 47: Britten War Requiem, CBSO, BBC Proms Youth Choir, Nelsons

Nothing has resonated through the unfolding First World War commemorations more than the poetry of Wilfred Owen; and in terms of its grim immediacy and enduring heartbreak nothing ever could....

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Prom 43: Skride, BBCSO, Gardner

The Russians were coming - and the prospect of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, even without the added attraction of hearing it in Igor Buketoff’s questionable choral arrangement where the Tsarist hymn...

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Prom 31: Coote, Hallé, Elder

The levels of refinement now exhibited by the Hallé, the stylishness and elegance of the playing, define the special relationship that they and Mark Elder have cemented over the last decade and a...

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Prom 28: D'Orazio, Clayton, BBCSO, Oramo

All kinds of narratives were at play in this Prom from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and its Principal Conductor Sakari Oramo - and perhaps the truly adventurous programmer might have double-deployed...

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