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Classical music Reviews

Beethoven Ninth, RLPO, Petrenko, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Glyn Môn Hughes

The new season at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is focusing on revolutionaries. Bach, Beethoven and Berlioz all feature strongly over the next few months, as will Stravinsky and – where else but...

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Mariinsky Orchestra, Gergiev, Cadogan Hall

Sebastian Scotney

This year, Valery Gergiev is marking the Prokofiev 125th anniversary with concerts and projects in no fewer than 17 countries. Yet much of last night’s concert, the first of a three-night stint in...

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Stravinsky: Myths and Rituals 4, Philharmonia, Salonen, RFH

David Nice

Stravinsky's music, chameleonic yet always itself, offers so many lines of thought. One struck me immediately with the descending, even harp notes and tender, veiled strings at the start of his 1947...

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Lammermuir Festival 2016, East Lothian

David Kettle

It’s just a short trip down the A1 from Edinburgh. But East Lothian – with its big skies, wide-open spaces, empty beaches and seemingly inexhaustable supply of quaint, historic villages – feels like...

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Benedetti, LPO, Jurowski, RFH

Gavin Dixon

Vladimir Jurowski began his latest season as Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic with a typically bold and adventurous programme. At its core were the two Szymanowski violin concertos...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Copland, Charlemagne Palestine, Lincoln Trio

Graham Rickson

Copland: Orchestral Works Volume 2 Jonathan Scott (organ),BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/John Wilson (Chandos)This disc is a welcome reminder that Aaron Copland’s populist, diatonic ballet scores only...

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Jeremy Denk, Wigmore Hall

Gavin Dixon

Medieval to Modern – Jeremy Denk’s Wigmore Hall recital took us on a whistle-stop tour of Western music, beginning with Machaut in the mid-14th century and ending with Ligeti at the end of the 20th....

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Modulus Quartet, Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe

David Nice

"Total immersion", the term used for the BBC Symphony's one-composer days, takes on a whole new meaning in the Thames Tunnel Shaft now transformed – but fortunately not subject to makeover – under...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Michael Nyman, Stravinsky, Emily Pailthorpe

Graham Rickson

Michael Nyman and The Tempest – Prospero’s Books and Noises, Sounds & Sweet Airs (MN Records)Think Michael Nyman and one inevitably thinks of the 1980s, and it’s quite possible that Nyman’s...

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Two Quixotes, The English Concert, Bicket, Wigmore Hall

David Nice

They dreamed the impossible dream in 1970, turning aspects of Cervantes' Don Quixote into the musical Man of La Mancha. But Purcell, Eccles and the lively dramatist Thomas D'Urfey - anyone know his...

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Last Night of the Proms, BBCSO, Oramo

Bernard Hughes

I had never been to the Last Night of the Proms until last night, nor really paid much attention to it in recent years. To the extent I did, I have been resentful of the fact that to many people it...

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Prom 74: Verdi Requiem, OAE, Alsop

Gavin Dixon

Tradition – a choral spectacular for the penultimate night of the Proms – but with a twist – a youth choir and period instruments. Marin Alsop this evening led a spectacular Verdi Requiem, not least...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Elgar, Alec Roth, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Graham Rickson

 Elgar: Symphony No. 1, In the South Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Antonio Pappano(ICA Classics)Antonio Pappano’s multi-national background might suggest that he’s the...

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Prom 71: Staatskapelle Dresden, Thielemann

Peter Quantrill

You know what they say about men with big hands. Christian Thielemann has them, that’s for sure. Massive, meat-cleaving clappers, carving through the air. They give a pretty heavy upbeat too, and a...

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Prom 71: Trifonov, Staatskapelle Dresden, Thielemann

David Nice

Soft power in the shape of cultural ambassadors can go a long way. With a little help from its big guns in banking and industry, Germany has given this year's Proms no less than four of its major...

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Prom 70: Staatskapelle Berlin, Barenboim

Gavin Dixon

Daniel Barenboim is as distinctive as he is unpredictable. His considerable strengths – dynamism, passion, keen intellectual engagement – are balanced by some notable weaknesses – clunky tempo...

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Prom 67: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, Dudamel

David Nice

Gone, it seems, is the era of epic three-part Proms. Sunday afternoon's programme, partly billed as a children's hour, might have pleased pianist and pundit Stephen Hough, whose recent broadsheet...

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Prom 66: Berlin Philharmonic, Rattle

Alexandra Coghlan

The BBC Proms is perhaps the only music festival in the world that would (or could) have programmed performances of Steve Reich in a Peckham car-park and Brahms by the Berlin Philharmonic within a...

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Prom 64: Berlin Philharmonic, Rattle

David Nice

What do Boulez's Éclat, for 15 instruments, and Mahler's Seventh Symphony, for over 100, have in common? Most obviously, guitar and mandolin, symbols of a wider interest in unusual sonorities. But...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Melartin, Rachmaninoff, Rzewski

Graham Rickson

Erkki Melartin: Traumgesicht, Marjatta, The Blue Pearl Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Hannu Lintu, with Soile Isokoski (soprano) (Ondine)Contrary to what you might read, there wasn’t just one...

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