Blog Profile / Jessica Duchen's Classical Music Blog

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Seven music books for Christmas 2017

Some personal recommendations for literaromusical gifts this Christmas - though please note, this is a personal selection so there may be quite a few others that I've missed. Listed here in no particular order. Enjoy. Being Wagner: the...Show More Summary

Schumann comes to Spitalfields - or does he?

Schumann Street: love, loss, recoveryPhoto: Spitalfields Music If you're heading east in London this weekend, don't miss a whole streetful of Schumann and Schumann-derived songs. Spitalfields Music's Festival, which is on now, spans everything from glorious Monteverdi through to the present day, with Anna Thorvaldsdottir as featured composer. Show More Summary

Belatedly, Marnie at ENO

Sasha Cooke as MarniePhoto: Richard Hubert Smith/ENO I finally got to see Marnie, Nico Muhly's latest opera, at ENO. Here's my review, for the Critics' Circle website - a second opinion for them, but it seems that I and the other critic were among the few who liked it. Show More Summary

Power cut

Grim reports emanate from the US about an alleged incident involving of one of its leading conductors - James Levine, no less. This is under investigation and in the meantime people must stick to the facts. But here the ISM has released...Show More Summary

Doing Papageno, Prospero, Pelléas and Pagliacci proud

I've spent part of this week on tenterhooks, chasing one of the best-loved of all British baritones for an urgent interview deadline. He's appearing as Tonio in I Pagliacci at the Royal Opera House, opening tonight - and something had happened to his arm. Show More Summary

Flummoxed Monday, plus a recipe

It's been a strange week. Our concerts at Burgh House and the Barnes Music Society went wonderfully. Since then I've listened to 52 different recordings of Beethoven's 'Hammerklavier' Sonata (results will be in BBC Music Magazine in January). Show More Summary

Farewell, Hvorostovsky

Dmitri Hvorostovsky Photo: Pavel Antonov Tragic news on St Cecilia's Day: the Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has died at the age of 55 after a long battle with a brain tumour. His office has issued a statement saying that the singer...Show More Summary

Going green: happy anniversary to Edition Peters!

The celebrated iron gate to Edition Peters' Leipzig headquarters While we were in Leipzig the other week, we went to visit the historic headquarters of Edition Peters. After long hauls in various directions across the length of the 20th...Show More Summary

Mixed Double: Ghost Variations and Alicia's Gift

Viv, Jess and Dave And that's just for starters. Bit busy in these parts.David Le Page, Viv McLean and I are performing Ghost Variations at Burgh House, Hampstead, London NW3, next Sunday, 19 November, 6.30pm. And the day after, at Barnes...Show More Summary

Great Britten

Delighted to hand the floor today to our young correspondent Jack Pepper today for a look at why we need a new Britten in Britain for the 21st century, and what conditions might be necessary for one to emerge. And no, it's not just the mainstream media. Show More Summary

Birthday concert for a very special composer tonight

Nicola LeFanu.Photo: Michael Lynch Please come along to The Warehouse, Theed Street SE1, tonight to hear Lontano and Odaline de la Martinez give a special concert devoted to the music of Nicola LeFanu, celebrating her 70th birthday. In a 'Meet the Composer' session I'll be the lucky person interviewing her before the performance (6.30pm). Show More Summary

SILVER BIRCH BBC documentaries just went public

Pop over to the BBC Arts website and experience the story behind Silver Birch, the opera by Roxanna Panufnik and muggins for Garsington Opera!In the chief film, some very, very clever technology has enabled you to experience in 360 degrees what it was like to be in the performance. Show More Summary

Kurt Weill's bite is back as a lost song resurfaces

The lost manuscript, recovered...Credit: Freie Universität Berlin, Institute for Theatre Studies, Theatre History Collections, Gerda Schaefer papers 1931, Berlin. It's the depression, the Nazis are in the ascendency and the composer Kurt Weill is at the height of his powers. Show More Summary

Finding a Bach singer for tomorrow

Bach Winner: Jessica Dandy Bach is in the air. Even as I write, my husband is busy practising a violin partita downstairs - he starts every day by playing Bach - and having spent time in the composer's world of Leipzig has given us both...Show More Summary

Listening backwards

Bach's Thomaskirche, Leipzig I've been on musical travels in Leipzig this past week. The historic heart of the former GDR is also the historic heart of German music - second only to Vienna in its sites of pilgrimage for the classical continental traveller. Show More Summary

This week...

This is one busy week.MONDAY. It's this: You'll find me and the fabulous musicians David Le Page (violin) and Viv McLean (piano) at the Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zédel, Sherwood Street (just off Piccadilly Circus), with the words&music story of Jelly d'Arányi and the Schumann Violin Concerto, starting 7pm. Show More Summary

A Schumann podcast

Serendipity! The London Philharmonic is playing the Schumann Violin Concerto at the Royal Festival Hall on 8 November (soloist: Patricia Kopatchinskaya, conductor: Alain Altinoglu) and then touring it to Antwerp, Vienna and around Germany. Show More Summary

The cello hurricane

JackiePhoto: from Watching the sky turn to lurid mustard yesterday as I made my way home from the Women of the Year Lunch, I couldn't help remembering what happened 30 years ago, the night of the now legendary 1987 storm...Show More Summary

Mountain/water - where east and west meet

Many years ago, when I was a student, there was one (1) composer in the music faculty who happened to be a woman. She was preparing her PhD at the time. She was a live wire - a ferociously intelligent Argentinian who had left her home country after the 1976 coup - and a rare, shining example to us toiling undergraduates. Show More Summary

One for the Kaufmaniacs

I've just been watching the Andrew Marr Show, in which some government twonk has been banging on about how the government ought to sound more optimistic about Brexit.It's one of those New Age lispings from the '90s that if you believe in something hard enough, you make it magically come true. Show More Summary

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