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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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A Postcard from La Rochelle

In the delightful town of La Rochelle on France’s Atlantic coast. It has a very attractive harbour, excellent shops, a wonderful food market and more restaurants than I have ever seen in one town.

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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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