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stephen walsh

Bio
Stephen is a former Observer music critic and a regular contributor to The Times, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Independent and the BBC. He is the author of a major biography of Stravinsky and other books on Stravinsky, Bartók and Schumann. He holds a chair in music at Cardiff University.

Articles By Stephen Walsh

Così fan tutte, Welsh National Opera review - relevance reduced to irrelevance

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Uproar, Rafferty, Royal Welsh College, Cardiff review - a rare spring in the new music step

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BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Martin, Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff review - a host of horns in the wild woods

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La Traviata, Welsh National Opera review - memorable revival, unforgettable lead

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Ainadamar, Welsh National Opera review - hits hard without breaking ground

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The Pilgrim's Progress, Three Choirs Festival review - revelatory performance by young musicians

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theartsdesk at The Three Choirs Festival - Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Hammond

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The Bartered Bride, Garsington Opera review - brilliant revival of a comedy of cruelty

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Candide, Welsh National Opera review - vaut le voyage, just for the visual side

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L'elisir d'amore, Longborough Festival review - agreeable nonsense in a semi-modern English village

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Götterdämmerung, Longborough Festival review - from the hieratic to the mundane and back

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Kim, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bancroft, St.David's Hall, Cardiff review - finding a style in the Eighties

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Blaze of Glory!, Welsh National Opera review - sparkling entertainment up the valleys

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The Magic Flute, Welsh National Opera review - Mozart remodelled and remuddled

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BBC National Chorus of Wales, BBC NOW, Jeannin, BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff review - competent music-making, interesting choices

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Mahler 9, BBC NOW, Stenz, St David's Hall, Cardiff review - passionate without bloodshed on the rostrum

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