Postcards from the Dordogne Valley

A gloriously sunny February day – perfect for exploring ‘les plus beaux villages de France’ in the Dordogne Valley.

Beynac 3


Castelnaud 1


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Mozart and Mahler in Toulouse

At the Halle aux Grains, Toulouse for an extremely enjoyable concert by the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. In the first half was Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 21, with the excellent Adam Laloum, who performed with a wonderful touch and was deservedly called back for two encores.  In the second half was Mahler Symphony no. 1, always one of the most enjoyable symphonies to hear, extremely well played under the very enthusiastic Singaporean conductor Kahchun Wong.

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adam laloum kahchun wong

Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 21; Mahler: Symphony no. 1.

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Bartók in Bordeaux

At the Auditorium de l’Opera in Bordeaux, France, for an excellent Bartók concert by the Orchestre National Bordeaux under Michail Jurowski.

Bartok Bordeaux

Beethoven: Coriolan overture; Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin Suite; Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

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Postcards from San Sebastián, Spain

San Sebastián is a beautiful coastal city in northern Spain. Known as the ‘gastronomic capital’ of the country, it is home to several world-renowned restaurants.

San Sebastian cathedral

San Sebastián cathedral

San Sebastian Playa de la Concha

Playa de la Concha

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‘Van Gogh to Picasso’ at the Guggenheim, Bilbao

At the Guggengheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain for an exhibition of selections from the Thannhauser Collection from the Guggenheim, New York. The collection was donated by the German-born art dealer Justin Thannhauser and his wife Hilde and is particularly rich in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art.

Edouard Manet 'Before the Mirror' (1876)

Edouard Manet ‘Before the Mirror’ (1876)

Vincent van Gogh 'Mountains at Saint-Remy' (1889)

Vincent van Gogh ‘Mountains at Saint-Remy’ (1889)

Paul Gauguin 'Haere Mai' (1891)

Paul Gauguin ‘ Haere Mai’ (1891)

Paul Cezanne 'Bibemus' (1894 - 95)

Paul Cezanne ‘Bibemus’ (1894 – 95)

Pablo Picasso 'Le Moulin de la Galette' (1900)

Pablo Picasso ‘Le Moulin de la Galette’ (1900)

George Braques 'Guitar, Glass and Fruit Dish on Sideboard' (1919)

Georges Braque ‘Guitar, Glass and Fruit Dish on Sideboard’ (1919)

Picasso 'Woman with Yellow Hair' (1931)

Pablo Picasso ‘Woman with Yellow Hair’ (1931)

Also an opportunity to see a retrospective of the works of the Swiss-born sculptor Alberto Giacometti, including his famous ‘Walking Man’

Alberto Giacometti 'Walking Man I (1960)

Alberto Giacometti ‘Walking Man I’ (1960)

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A Postcard from Narbonne, south of France

Narbonne Cathedral

St. Just and St. Pasteur Cathedral, Narbonne, begun in 1272

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‘Picasso, Donner à voir’ in Montpellier

At Musée Fabre in Montpellier, south of France, for the fascinating ‘Picasso, Donner à voir’ exhibition. It looks at the whole of Picasso’s career by examining fourteen milestone moments in which a new style emerged or he began a fresh direction in his artistic practise.

It begins with Picasso as a teenager painting in Spain, moves on to his arrival in Paris and continues through the blue period, ‘Demoiselles d’Avignon’, Cubism, the return to classicism after World War I, Surrealism, the ‘Guernica’ period and his late career.

Picasso 'Self-Portrait' (1896)

Pablo Picasso ‘Self-Portrait’ (1896)

Picasso 'Woman Ironing' (1901)

Pablo Picasso ‘Woman Ironing’ (1901)

Picasso 'Three Figures under a Tree' (1907 - 08)

Pablo Picasso ‘Three Figures under a Tree’ (1907 – 08)

Picasso 'Still-Life with Chair Caning' (1912)

Pablo Picasso ‘Still-Life with Chair Caning’ (1912)

Picasso 'Pan's Flute' (1923)

Pablo Picasso ‘Pan’s Flute’ (1923)

Picasso 'Harlequin Musician' (1924)

Pablo Picasso ‘Harlequin Musician’ (1924)

Picasso 'Portrait of Marie-Thérèse' (1937)

Pablo Picasso ‘Portrait of Marie-Thérèse’ (1937)

Picasso 'Women of Algiers, after Delacroix' (version H, 1955)

Pablo Picasso ‘Women of Algiers, after Delacroix’ (version H, 1955)

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