23 Jun 2008
Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings, Suffolk
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
By Martin Hoyle [Financial Times, 23 June 2008]
Last Thursday György Kurtág and his wife Márta played pieces from his piano collection Játékok on the sonically upholstered upright with its almost woolly sound now favoured by the composer, making his often spiky fragments into the musical equivalent of comfort food.