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      ENO in crisis: who can keep the magic alive?

      Despite a glorious Magic Flute revival, a new artistic director of the stricken opera company will face some hard decisions

      Last week English National Opera advertised for an artistic director. Applications close on Wednesday. Get your skates on if you have a “broadly ranging knowledge of opera” and can “lead an artistic vision”. Headhunters are not known for their prose. I hope this lax job description does not reflect the sharp thinking of Cressida Pollock, ENO chief executive, or Mark Wigglesworth, music director, in their search for the missing part of their triumvirate. This is the job John Berry, working with a different team and structure, left last summer.

      “Deep” rather than “broad” experience of opera might help, together with a thorough grasp of music (a word not used in the brief). It is vital for ENO’s newcomer to understand with ears and gut, not just because the music department has to plead why a regular chorus and orchestra are essential; why a work may need extra rehearsal time; why singers need vocal support from a set design or, when singing upside down from the flies, must be able to see the conductor. The rumour mill assumes that a choice has been made. This is the last chance for a maverick to jump in. Expect an announcement soon.

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      Journey: Two Hundred Years of Harpsichord Music CD review – a quirky retrospective

      Trevor Pinnock

      Inspired by the journey of the Spanish composer Antonio de Cabezón around Europe, Trevor Pinnock has assembled a quirky and intensely personal collection spanning two centuries of music and revisiting his career: Byrd and Bull pieces he discovered when he was 13, Bach’s lyrical Sixth French Suite and Handel’s great G major Chaconne, rounded off with a trilogy of Scarlatti sonatas. At the recital’s heart is a wonderfully wistful account of Sweelinck’s deeply touching variations on Mein junges Leben hat ein End, as if Pinnock is bidding farewell to his creative performing life – but let’s hope there is more to come from this supremely musical player.

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      Bob Chilcott: Sun, Moon, Sea and Stars review – seductive and dreamy

      Tenebrae Consort

      Renowned for their recordings of Tallis and Bruckner, the Tenebrae Consort, drawn from Nigel Short’s equally celebrated Tenebrae Choir, here bring the same perfect technique and miraculous sense of ensemble to 22 instantly attractive songs and arrangements by Bob Chilcott, Short’s colleague from their days in the King’s Singers. In an hour of exquisite singing we are taken from the seductive heights of En la Macarenita and Fascinating Rhythm to the dreamy romance of Walton’s Touch Her Soft Lips and Chilcott’s own classic song of love and devotion, Sun, Moon, Sea and Stars. Kick your shoes off, sit back and enjoy.

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