27th Apr: Toby Spence Cancer, Stephen Hough in St Louis, Kavakos Signed by Decca, OAE 4 Star Review

Friday 27th April 2012

The Telegraph

Just how English is English National Opera meant to be?

The English National Opera’s 2012-13 season is exciting and fresh but Rupert Christiansen questions how much actually showcases the best of home music.

Can the English National Opera justify the claims it’s making for this new production of a Pilgrim’s Progress?

When is a full, professional staging not a full, professional staging?

Stephen Hough in St. Louis

Playing ‘artificial and gushing tunes’.


Louis Langrée named Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra music director

Four-year term begins from 2013-14 season.

Leonidas Kavakos signs to Decca

First Decca disc to be complete set of the Beethoven sonatas.

The Tokyo Quartet is to disband after next season

Slipped Disc

Kurt Masur falls off podium

Conductor unable to resume concert.


4 star review for Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

One work was pre-eminent in this rewarding programme of Bach arias and orchestral pieces spiritedly performed by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment directed by Steven Devine.

Tenor Toby Spence recovering from thyroid cancer

The singer hopes to return to the stage in June.