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Top 5 most read posts of 2013

31 Dec

Most read of 2013The end of the year makes us all look back at statistics and moments of the previous twelve months.

Here is the top 5 blog posts of the year

1 Why I don’t like Sinfini

The quasi free-spirited website, that is meant to be run by passionate music lovers, but is indeed a property of Universal Music, who owns over 70% of the classical recording labels output


2 Kicking the Prommers to the ground is poor form

The rather unnecessary attack on prommers by Christopher Gillett…a blatant attempt at click baiting by Sinfini?


3 Gergiev gets a London welcome

A post on the rather blasé  approach by maestro Gergiev on the goings on back in Russia. It seems the campaigning has had limited success as he still seems to be largely unwilling to make any definitive statements. We will be happy to see his departure from the LSO by the end of 2015.


4 The shine of the blade / English National Opera’s Medea

The post on a glorious dress rehearsal that blew my socks off. Sarah Connolly in blazing form taking on and conquering one of the gems of the French baroque repertoire. I was floored by the intensity and would count it among the most memorable performances of my opera going life to date.


5 Wimsy and gorgeousness / Sophie Bevan and Sebastian Wybrew recital at Wigmore Hall

A gorgeous recital by two very accomplished young stars that was instantly charming and affecting. The rendition of Barber’s Hermit Songs was so fresh and beautifully realised it put a spring on my step.


A mixed bag but shows how topical subjects tend to be read more.

Gergiev gets a London welcome

1 Nov

A London Welcome Maestro GergievLast night was the first concert of Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra of their Berlioz cycle at the Barbican. In keeping with his recent appearances elsewhere Gergiev was greeted by protest in line with his refusal to make any statement in the past few months. About the dire situation in Russia for homosexual citizens or to use the exact phrasing of their law, individuals that spread  ‘propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors’. This has led to a reported increase in homophobic bullying and violence.
Peter Tatchell reportedly walked on stage last night and denounced VG as a supporter of President Putin before he was removed by security.

As much as I admire Tatchell’s record as a human rights campaigner I tend to disagree with any protest that disrupts the run of a concert. But his brand of direct action interventions is part of how he gets press attention to the causes he supports.

Tonight is the second concert of the series and I will be in the audience. Inspired by the protest at the Met Opera last month during the Onegin première, I will be wearing (not a NYC ribbon) a rainbow bow tie as a well-mannered protest to maestro Gergiev’s insistence to remain silent on this important matter. In light of his high-ranking position within the Mariinsky and his direct political involvement with Putin in Russia, he definitely has and should have a publicly expressed opinion. But he chose to follow the age old damage limitation tactic of staying silent until the storm passes.

It is up to us in the audience to signify that his behaviour is both poor and cowardly. If you are in the audience tonight and have something rainbow coloured bring it along. I have no appetite to disrupt the performance but also want to make a point, no matter how small or subtle. Of course another option for members of the audience would be to withhold applause.

Worth reading: David Nice’s piece on Gergiev on the Artsdesk website


Valery Gergiev has made an official statement on Wed 06 November.

Unfortunately it reads like something dragged out of the 1970s with a vibe of ‘My best friends are gay’. But at least it is a small bit of progress.

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