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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

Fidelio, English National Opera

The first words we hear don’t belong to Fidelio at all. The first music does, but not at all where you expect to find it. If you’ve read your programme (and who does before the show begins?) you’ll...

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The Last Night of the Proms, Kennedy, DiDonato, BBCSO, Alsop

As it came to pass, Marin Alsop’s nationality was rather more of a factor than her gender on this historic Last Night of the Proms – but her deft put-down of remarks made only the week before (pace...

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Prom 72: Calleja, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Zhang

It was too little too late to redress the scant attention gives to Verdi’s bicentenary at this year’s Proms but the “Maltese Tenor” – Joseph Calleja – arrived with an eleventh hour offering of low-...

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Prom 68: Skride, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Petrenko

The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra made quite a splash with their Tchaikovsky symphony series under Mariss Jansons back in the 1980s. The watchwords then were freshness and articulation, a re-...

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Prom 64: Vavic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jurowski

Legends, myths, and Nietzsche’s Superman - which for the purposes of this London Philharmonic Prom was none other than Vladimir Jurowski himself. His extraordinary ear, his nurturing and layering of...

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Prom 33: Uchida, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jansons

Precious few musicians can instill such a sense of intimacy into their playing as to have us believing that the Royal Albert Hall is the Wigmore Hall and that their performance is for an audience of...

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Prom 21: Hope, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Søndergård

The “Turning Point” in Colin Matthews’ so-named orchestral piece is a change of attitude, a sudden seriousness of purpose, a great effort of will to stop moving and take stock of where it - whatever...

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Prom 20: Götterdämmerung, Staatskapelle Berlin, Barenboim

And so Wotan’s ravens flew home and at the twilight’s last gleaming the immortals were consumed by fire and water. All was finally and irrevocably redeemed by the power of love, and the most...

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The Seckerson Tapes: Benjamin Wallfisch

Benjamin Wallfisch was born into an extraordinarily musical family. His father Raphael Wallfisch is a cellist of international repute and his grandmother Anita Lasker-Wallfisch would not be alive...

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War Requiem, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Litton, Bergen International Festival

In Bergen’s Grieg Hall (one is tempted to say the Hall of the Mountain King) the 2013 Bergen Festival concludes with the mournful tolling of bells. A consonant “Amen”, like a healing benediction, is...

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Ariadne auf Naxos, Glyndebourne Festival Opera

The Major-Domo promises fireworks during the Prologue of Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s Ariadne auf Naxos. Katharina Thoma, the director of Glyndebourne’s new staging, drops a bombshell - actually...

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Wozzeck, English National Opera

If you should take your seats prematurely in the London Coliseum you’ll find yourself confronted with a group of serving British soldiers. You’ll shift a little uneasily under their gaze. There they...

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The Seckerson Tapes: Lucy Schaufer

Lucy Schaufer has always been one to confound our expectations. As she puts it herself, she’s “an American in London, conceived within the American Dream and living in the Old World.” As an...

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The Rest is Noise: LPO, Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall

Vladimir Jurowski deemed this the most challenging of any programme in the Southbank’s year-long The Rest is Noise festival and proceeded to tell us precisely why. That his little preamble lasted...

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Verdi's Requiem, Philharmonia Orchestra, Gatti, Royal Festival Hall

It was clear that there was an Italian on the podium. Muted strings invoked an atmosphere so crepuscular that, when one involuntarily closed one’s eyes, the murmur of voices intoning the words “...

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The Seckerson Tapes: Ian Bostridge

It comes as no surprise that international tenor Ian Bostridge plays a significant part in EMI and Virgin Classics‘ contribution to Britten 100. In this exclusive audio podcast he discusses the man,...

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