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Festival du 8 de Montcabrier

In Montcabrier in the Lot for the annual visit to the Festival du 8 de Montcabrier. A very eclectic selection of works, with a first half of pieces connected by the theme of travel, with Felicien David’s ‘Marche de la … Continue reading

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Quatuor Akitania in the Dordogne

An extremely enjoyable concert in Saint-Chamassy in the Dordogne, part of the XXXI Festival Musique en Périgord. Quatuor Akitania played a very varied programme, including  Bach and Mozart, Shostakovich String Quartet no. 8 and works by two new, to me, … Continue reading

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Brahms and Schumann in Cahors Cathedral

In Cahors, in the Lot department of France, for an excellent concert to celebrate the 900th anniversary of Saint Etienne Cathedral. Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse under Lio Kuokman played the overture to Schumann’s ‘Genoveva’ and Brahms ‘Concerto for … Continue reading

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Exploring in Tuscany

The walled town of Monteriggioni San Gimignano Benozzo Gozzoli ‘Scenes from the Life of Sant’ Agostino’ (1464 – 65) San Gimignano Volterra Rosso Fiorentino ‘Deposition from the Cross’ (c.1521) Pinacoteca Comunale, Volterra Piazza del Campo and Palazzo Pubblico, Siena Ambrogio … Continue reading

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Verrocchio at Palazzo Strozzi, Florence

In Florence for the exhibition ‘Verrocchio – Master of Leonardo’. The artist known as Verrocchio was born Andrea di Michele in Florence, circa 1435. He trained as a goldsmith but also became a master of carving in marble. He came … Continue reading

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The Tippett Quartet in Issigeac, south-west France

An extremely enjoyable concert at the Issigeac International Music Academy in the Dordogne, south-west France. The excellent Tippett Quartet played a programme of Holst, Ravel and Schubert. Holst: ‘Fantasia for String Quartet’; Ravel: ‘String Quartet in F major’; Schubert: ‘String … Continue reading

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Berlioz in La Rochelle

An excellent all-Berlioz programme by Les Siècles under François-Xavier Roth at La Coursive in La Rochelle. In the first half was the overture to the unfinished opera Les Francs-Juges and a beautifully sung Les Nuits d’été with mezzo-soprano Marie Lenormand, … Continue reading

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