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Hallé Orchestra, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, review: ‘tiger by the tail’

Conducting this piece, especially with a soloist this turbo-powered, is like
having a tiger by the tail. Sir Mark Elder kept a firm grip, anticipating
every twist, and cracking the whip only at the rarest and most crucial
junctures. Individually and collectively the Hallé’s response was of the
highest class.

Could Elder have lightened his touch occasionally in Ravel’s Daphnis and
Chloé? Perhaps. But this was the complete 50-minute ballet score, rather
than the more familiar suites. Which means negotiating all the pantomimic
filling-in that was never really designed to be heard without the visuals
and that can be irritating if not precisely honed. Precise rhythm, colour
and balance were in abundance here, making for a delectable experience
overall.

Only in the final Bacchanale did the reins chafe a little. Here precision was
no real compensation for the exhilaration that comes from a fine orchestra
going at it full tilt; I suspect the Hallé
does have that kind of performance in it when let off the leash.

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Peaking Lights

The husband-and-wife duo return with a cleaner, funkier sound

Peaking Lights - 'Cosmic Logic'


8 / 10

Peaking Lights toured their last album, 2011’s ‘936’, for nearly two years, so this follow-up is a little overdue. However, LA husband-and-wife duo Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis have made the wait worthwhile. Where ‘936’ was a krautrock and dub extravaganza, ‘Cosmic Logic’ finds them embracing a cleaner sound. ‘Telephone Call’ bounces with a bright electro bassline; ‘Hypnotic Hustle’ has a funky, Chicago house charm and ‘Bad With The Good’ glistens with the confidence of an Italo disco single. On ‘New Grrrls’ Dunis even gives a personal account of feminism and music, citing Kim Gordon, Lydia Lunch and “Mother Earth” as influences. Tighter than anything they’ve recorded previously, it’s a great return and a slick change of direction.

Huw Nesbitt

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Self-loathing and repentant lyrics from the former bailiff

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