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Mahler in Toulouse

Back at the Halle aux Grains, Toulouse for another very enjoyable concert by the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, this time under American conductor Joseph Swensen. In the first half  was the Adagio from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no. 10, … Continue reading

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The modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudi

Antoni Gaudi was the greatest exponent of Catalan Modernism. All his buildings have a highly individualized style, influenced by nature and religion. The industrialist Eusebi Güell was an early patron and for him Gaudi designed a home, the Palau Güell, … Continue reading

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Picasso and Miró in Barcelona

Looking at the permanent collections of the excellent Museu Picasso de Barcelona, particularly rich in paintings from the beginning of his career as well as the later ‘Las Meninas’ series, and the Fondacio de Joan Miró, created by the artist … Continue reading

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Bartolomé Bermejo in Barcelona

At the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in Barcelona for the fascinating exhibition ‘Bermejo: the 15th century Rebel Genius’. Bartolomé Bermejo is one of the most interesting painters of the fifteenth century. Probably born in Córdoba, he lived an itinerant life, … Continue reading

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Quatuor Danel in Périgueux

In Périgueux, France, for an outstanding concert by the world-class Quatuor Danel. Superb playing on string quartets by Schubert, Prokofiev and Dvorak and an encore by Weinberg. Schubert: Quartet Movement in C minor, D 703; Prokofiev: String Quartet no. 1 … Continue reading

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‘Rouge’ – Soviet art at the Grand Palais, Paris

‘Rouge. Art et Utopie au Pays des Soviets’ is a fascinating exhibition which examines Soviet art from the October Revolution of 1917 to the death of Stalin in 1953. It looks at how communism first of all gave rise to … Continue reading

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‘Turangalila Symphony’ at Radio France, Paris

A wonderful performance of Olivier Messiaen’s ‘Turangalila Symphony’ at the Maison de Radio France with l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under the excellent Susanna Mälkki, with Roger Muraro on piano and Cynthia Millar on ondes Martenot. Olivier Messiaen      … Continue reading

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