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Amadis De Gaule @ Bloomsbury Theatre

Once again we had the privilege of attending a University College Opera production, this time J.C. Bach’s Amadis De Gaule, at the Bloomsbury Theatre.

We have seen them at work before with Acante et Cephise (Rameau), a colourful work which became known as the ‘pink opera’ due to their stunning costumes (see a photo here).  This time, set in what appears to be a dark post-apocolyptic world the colours are dark, grey and torn: a ‘brown opera’.   This complex story of love, loss, revenge and redemption was performed with power and emotional energy by the four leads (see below).  The University College Chorus did a beautiful job adding stage movement with a warm eery sound, a timbre that was quite mesmerising.  Charles Peebles did a fine job as MD with a large and conscientious orchestra.

Thanks UC Opera for a great night.  Full details below.

-BF

Amadis De Gaule (An opera in three acts), Bloomsbury Theatre London, March 28th 2015, 19:30

Amadis: Lawrence Olsworth-Peter
Arcabonne: Katherine Blumenthal
Arcalaues: Nicholas Morris
Oriane: Alice Privett
Producers: Nick Randall & Gemma Charlton
Director: Jack Furness
Music Director/Conduction: Charles Peebles
(Photo: Dante Kim)
For full list please go to www.ucopera.co.uk

 

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Reflections on ‘Jurowski Conducts Russian Ballet Scores’ LPO

It was great to hear one of London’s finest Orchestras, the London Philharmonic, play on Saturday night and to see Vladimir Jurowski conduct.  Jurowski conducted the Russian composers with flair, his physicality demonstrating the shape of the sound he intended.

Yefim Bronfman did a fine job with the UK premiere of Magnus Lindberg‘s Piano Concerto No.2.   It fit nicely with the programme, the Debussy and Russian influences clear to hear with great ranges in textures and relationship between piano and orchestra.  Bronfman brought the work to life with ease – singing, stomping and dancing all over the piano.

The Prokofiev excerpts were dynamic, and the Stravinsky was played with a warm rich sound.  Stravinsky’s animal sounds were played fabulously – you could feel the bear walking across the stage with his thudding steps.  Beautiful.

Great evening all round.  Full details below.

-BF

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, 19:30, 21.03.2015

Vladimir Jurowski – Conductor, Yefim Bronfman – Piano

Prokofiev – Chout (Excerpts)

Magnus Lindberg – Piano Concerto No. 2 (UK premiere)

interval

Stravinksy – Petrushka (1911 version)

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Jasper & Ruby update Jazz/Pop Fusion Set List

Our favourite pop/jazz fusion pop singer and sax lady group have updated their repertoire list.  See it below, or check out their website.  Who knew Bruno Mars, Shakira, Stevie Wonder, The Killers and Frank Sinatra could make it all into one set?  (Well, technically we did.  But it’s still pretty delicious).

Popclassic 60s

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Build me Up Buttercup – The Foundations

Can’t Take My Eyes off You – Frankie Valli

Dancing in the Street – Martha & the Vandellas

I’m a Believer – The Monkees

It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones

My Girl – The Temptations

She Loves You – The Beatles

Loving the 70s

Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty

In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry

Moondance – Van Morrison

Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder

Epic 80s

Africa – Toto

Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

Neon 90s

Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

Fresh Prince of Bel Air – Will Smith

Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio

I Want it That Way – Backstreet Boys

Kiss Rom a Rose – Seal

Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera

Mysterious Girl – Peter Andre

Wannabe – Spice Girls

You and Me – Wannadies

Naughty 00s

American Boy – Estelle & Kanye

Bad Romance – Lady Gaga

Candyman – Christina Aguilera

Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

Crazy – Beyonce & Jay Z

Cry Me A River – Justin Timberlake

Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader

Make You Feel my Love – Adele

Mr Brightside – The Killers

Señorita – Justin Timberlake

Somebody Told Me – The Killers

Toxic – Britney Spears

Whenever, Wherever – Shakira

Modern Melodies

Earthquake – Labrinth

Rather Be – Clean Bandit

Royals – Lorde

Somebody I Used to Know – Gotye

Titanium – David Guetta

Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars

Swing & Jazz Standards

Ain’t that a kick in the head

All of Me

At Last

Beyond the Sea

Caravan

Come Fly With Me

Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

Feeling Good

Fly Me to the Moon

Have You Met Miss Jones

How High the Moon

I Let a Song go Out of my Heart

I’ve Got You Under my Skin

I’m Beginning to see the Light

I’ve Got the World on a String

In a Mellow Tone

In the Mood

It Don’t Mean a Thing

My Funny Valentine

Night & Day

Nostalgia in Times Square

Pennies From Heaven

Softly as in a Morning Sunrise

Somethin’ Stupid

Stompin’ at the Savoy

Summertime

Sunny

Sway

Take the ‘A’ Train

The Girl from Ipanema