Pick of the Week:

Pole blanks Covent Garden

The Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecień, a regular canceller this year, has withdrawn from singing Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in October ‘due to personal reasons’.

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An English dismissal of Shostakovich

The musicologist Marina Frolova-Walker has found a gloriously dismissive 1939 review of Shostakovich’s fifth symphony by a self-admiring London critic with a distinctly Brexit mindset.

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