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Edward Seckerson

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Edward is a writer and broadcaster. A one-time actor and musician, he is currently Chief Classical Music Critic for the Independent. He wrote and presented the long-running BBC Radio 3 series Stage and Screen and has been on Gramophone magazine's reviewing panel for many years.

Articles by Edward Seckerson

The Apostles, BBCSO, Davis, Barbican

Sir Adrian Boult laid the foundations for its revival, more recently Sir Mark Elder found astonishing illumination within it, and now a third knight of the realm - Sir Andrew Davis (the latest...

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The Dream of Gerontius, BBCSO, Davis, Barbican

Some performances evolve so naturally, so inevitably, that they feel... bespoke. Andrew Davis has a long history with both the BBC Symphony Orchestra (who gave him his first big break) and Elgar’s...

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Savoy Theatre

The “fantasy” Riviera conjured by designer Peter McKintosh for the West End premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - the Musical is pretty much an extension of the Savoy Theatre’s shining Art Deco...

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I Can't Sing!, London Palladium

The names have been changed to protect the guilty but half the fun of I Can’t Sing! - the so-called X-Factor musical - lies in the relentless spoofing of a show we love to hate and a format so...

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The A-Z of Mrs P, Southwark Playhouse

The most ambitious musicals spring from the most unlikely sources – you need go no further than Stephen Sondheim to establish that – but turning those musicals from novelty into living, breathing,...

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Gerstein, LPO, Petrenko, RFH

Vasily Petrenko used his baton like a piratical rapier to galvanise the London Philharmonic violins in their flourishes of derring-do at the start of Berlioz’s Overture Le Corsaire. And the...

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The Seckerson Tapes: Violinist Linus Roth

The Polish composer Miecyzlaw Weinberg - his Holocaust opera The Passenger caused quite a stir in David Pountney’s premiere staging - has a new champion. The talented young German violinist Linus...

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The Seckerson Tapes: Reclaiming a Mozart concerto

In Leopold Mozart’s old house (now a museum) in the Bavarian city of Augsburg a piano tuner is hard at work tuning one of the working exhibits - a venerable clavichord. Enter Reinhard Goebel and...

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Jansen, LSO, Pappano, Barbican

There were, it seemed, enough trumpets to serve Gabriel throughout eternity - and, as fanfares go, this one was stretching a point and then some. LSO On Track had commissioned it from Sir Peter...

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Uchida, Musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic, Wigmore Hall

Exactly what constitutes “the End of Time” in Olivier Messiaen’s extraordinary Quartet for piano, violin, cello and clarinet? Not surely “the end of days” but rather the end of measured time; music...

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The Seckerson Tapes: American Psycho

In the season of goodwill a new musical based on Bret Easton Ellis’ notorious novel American Psycho might earn itself the subtitle “NOT the Christmas Show” - but when the composer is Duncan Sheik, he...

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From Here to Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

“Love and pain is like peace and war - you want one you have to have the other.” It’s a line that pretty much sums up From Here to Eternity. The title of James Jones’s novel and the classic movie...

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Brahms Cycle 1: Kavakos, Dindo, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Chailly, Barbican

For the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra’s second residency at the Barbican Centre Riccardo Chailly pulled focus on an entirely new sounding Brahms. Gone were all those bad performance practices, bad...

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The Seckerson Tapes: Conductor Gianluca Marcianò

Bowing in at the London Coliseum for the latest revival of Anthony Minghella’s sumptuous staging of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly, conductor Gianluca Marcianò is fast building a reputation as one of the...

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War Requiem, LPO and Choir, Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall

Britten’s innate theatricality shines through every single bar of his War Requiem. Atmosphere, drama, suspense, and high emotionalism are to a greater or lesser degree written into the piece (...

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The Seckerson Tapes: Fidelio in Bergen

In the listening room of Grieg Hall, Bergen, a concert hall sometimes masquerading as a theatre and vice versa, I talk to Mary Miller, director of Bergen National Opera, and Andrew Litton, music...

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