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Recommends Classical

Karita Mattila

Wigmore Hall, 6th May

Nobody fills a melodic line with greater depth of colour or coaxes more emotion from a phrase than Karita Mattila. Blessed with one of the loveliest voices around, Finland’s star soprano is also an instinctive musician and a supreme stage animal. The opportunity of hearing her in the intimacy of the Wigmore Hall is all but unmissable. Mattila’s signature Richard Strauss dominates, including the exquisitely melancholic “Ach Lieb, ich muss nun scheiden,” and the radiant dream-fantasy of “Wiegenlied.” Brahms’s bright Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy songs) offer a brief respite from intensity.

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In Prospect’s May issue: Neal Ascherson, Simon Jenkins, John Curtice and Frances Cairncross examine the growing divide between England and Scotland. Ascherson argues that England has become Scotland’s “neurotic neighbour,” while Jenkins says we should learn from history and prepare for Scotland to leave the Union. Cairncross and Curtice debate whether Scotland could afford to break with England and whether a fresh referendum on independence is actually winnable. Also in this issue: Jason Burke questions whether the world will be a safer place after the downfall of Islamic State, Paul Hilder examines how politics got tangled in the web and Michael White reviews a new book charting the history of the Daily Mail