David Pountney’s new production of Prokofiev’s War and Peace, with Tomáš Hanus at the helm, opened last weekend to rapacious applause and great reviews. Photo Credit Betina Skovbro
Rehearsals are well underway for Welsh National Opera’s new production of Prokofiev’s War and Peace. It premieres in Cardiff on September 15th with a further two performances before going on tour around the UK.
Hélène Grimaud’s new Deutsche Grammophon album, Memory, stirs profound emotions through the elegant simplicity of miniatures by Chopin, Debussy, Satie, Valentin Silvestrov and Nitin Sawhney. Memory follows in the wake of Grimaud’s Water album, a thought-provoking consideration of the world’s most precious resource. Her latest release complements its predecessor, not least by exploring another condition of life all too easily taken for granted until it begins to disappear.
Katie Coventry steps in as second soprano soloist tonight at the Salzburg Festival for the traditional festival performance of Mozart’s C minor mass at St Peter’s Church, with Sir Roger Norrington and the Camerata Salzburg.
Coming up this autumn, Hélène will return to Asia on a tour including concerti performances and recitals, across China, Japan, Taiwan and Korea.
Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna gave the audience a performance to remember last weekend at the BBC Proms, bringing exhilarating and enlightened performances of Beethoven's second and fifth symphonies.