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music
March 30, 2022
Michael White is charmed by fast-rising Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński’s rendition of Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater
February 28, 2022
The Royal Opera’s flashy production of ‘Theodora’ reduces its Christian context to a minimum, says Michael White
January 27, 2022
Over Christmas, Michael White is unmoved by Verdi’s ‘Nambucco’ and charmed by Berlioz’s ‘L‘Enfance du Christ’
December 26, 2021
Michael White reports on the premiere of James MacMillan’s Christmas Oratorio and the annual Britten festival in Suffolk
December 03, 2021
It sometimes seems like Poland has its own, peculiarly national, hotline to God. Why this should be, beyond the fact that it produces the occasional pope, is more a question for historians than music critics. But the Poles are undeniably and overwhelmingly devout, and it’s reflected in their music, which leans heavily these days toward
October 22, 2021
Concerts are finally back after 18 months, with those institutions that took creative risks during the pandemic continuing to shine
October 14, 2021
Of the first-rank composers within the generally accepted pantheon, three took holy orders in the Roman Catholic Church: Monteverdi, Vivaldi and – more incongruously perhaps – Franz Liszt, the 210th anniversary of whose birth falls this October. Celebrated as a young man for his brilliant technique and showmanship at piano recitals (a form of concert
April 27, 2021
Nick Ripatrazone explores the spiritual songbook of one of the great contemporary American artists, Bruce Springsteen.
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