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Alexandra Coghlan Recommends Classical

Cecilia Bartoli & Sol Gabetta Barbican, 1st December

What’s better than one soloist at the peak of her musical powers? Try two. Italy’s reigning mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli is joined by star Argentinian cellist and friend Sol Gabetta. Together they will stage a “dolce duello”—a sweet duel of musicianship with each urging the other on to greater feats of virtuosity. No one puts on a classical show like Bartoli, and this performance—part-concert, part-friendly competition—promises plenty of spectacle. It’s also a brilliantly crafted project inspired by famous musical duels of history, and one that pairs well-known showpiece arias by Handel and works by Gluck and Boccherini with little-known baroque pieces by Raupach, Caldara and Pollarolo.

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In Prospect’s December issue: Adam Posen, Diane Coyle and Nicolas Véron examine the state of Britain’s economy with Brexit looming and suggest that with a large part of the City looking to move and with productivity remaining low the outlook is firmly negative. Posen suggests that the only thing capable of disciplining the Brexit economy is the reality that things are going to be worse. Coyle suggest that although Brexit will hamper Britain’s productivity, the problem is long-term. Véron argues that more than a tenth of the City’s business will disappear due to Brexit—a significant slice that will be difficult to cover off. Elsewhere in the issue: Steve Bloomfield uncovers what is going on at Dfid, the struggling government department that recently lost its Secretary of State. Nick Cohen looks at the rise of the Strong Man is Eastern Europe as Viktor Orbán clamps down on society and Lizzie Porter reports from Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, a region plagued by war and political instability.