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Jonathan Wikeley

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Jonathan is the editor of Early Music Today and an editor of Piano magazine and The Singer. He also writes for Classical Music, Music Teacher, Opera Now and Choir and Organ.

Articles by Jonathan Wikeley

A Choral Christmas on Radio 3

John Tavener: 'His choice of chords has got distinctly more interesting over the past few years'

Christmas is coming, and prepare ye the way for a sledge-load of new music. It’s probably not just Stephen Cleobury’s annual commissioning of new carols for the King’s College Service of Nine Lessons...

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Bostridge, Europa Galante, Barbican

Three for the price of one: Bostridge looks to the famous tenors of the Baroque

We have good days and we have bad days. Ian Bostridge, at last night’s concert at the Barbican, was not having one of his better ones. But time and CD releases wait for no man, and so he gamely...

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The Bach Dynasty, Academy of Ancient Music, Wigmore Hall

Sexing up the Bach family (a little bit): Richard Egarr

No, not some crazy remake of an Eighties soap featuring various members of the Bach family (though I wouldn’t put it past certain channel programmers to come up with the idea), but the Academy of...

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theartsdesk in York: York Early Music Festival

Early music of all shapes and sizes: Fretwork performs at the York Early Music Festival

York is a bit like Oxford, I’ve always thought: that perplexing contrast between the central squares and marketplaces, in all their twee glory – all aimless, besatchelled French students and...

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Petrenko, Royal Albert Hall

Hats off, gentlemen: a thoroughly enjoyable banquet of Romanticism from Petrenko and the RLPO

What a thrilling sound the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra can make when it chooses! What a grippingly deep tone, from a lower strings section that sounds like you’ve got the bass on your...

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Don Giovanni, Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Not so much fire and brimstone: Glyndebourne's Don Giovanni

So I was at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry last week (which by the way is an excellent way to spend a few days – interesting repertoire, top-notch performers and the prospect of a...

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Philharmonia Orchestra, Muti, Royal Festival Hall

Back for another anniversary, Riccardo Muti: 'When he conducts the Philharmonia, the sound comes from the bottom upwards'

If all orchestras inspire a sense of loyalty to some degree, then the Philharmonia perhaps does it better than most. Mackerras is still performing with them, 54 years after he first conducted the...

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Hilary Hahn, Violin and Voice, Barbican

The considerate violinist: Hilary Hahn

Concert programming can become a little bit predictable, don’t you think? If we’re honest, there are quite a lot of standard programmes bouncing around our halls at the moment. Don’t get me wrong; I...

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Maurizio Pollini, Royal Festival Hall

A touch of class: Maurizio Pollini

Was it Chopin’s birthday or wasn’t it? To be honest, no one at last night’s Royal Festival Hall concert probably gave a damn, so wrapped up were they in Maurizio Pollini’s playing. And what playing...

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Rachmaninov Vespers, Retrospect Ensemble, Cadogan Hall

Overnight job: Retrospect tackles the Vespers

In taking on a new name last year, Retrospect Ensemble and director Matthew Halls were aiming to get rid of the “early music” label that had been stapled on to them in their previous incarnation as...

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Messiah, ENO

Communion and community: Warner's Messiah mixes the sacred and the everyday

There are so many ways a dramatic production of Messiah can go wrong it is almost unbearable to think about it. Certainly, there was a palpable buzz of nervousness in the Coliseum about last night’s...

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Thomas Quasthoff, Barbican

It is probably fair to say that the concert hall at the Barbican Centre isn’t one of London’s most intimate spaces. It’s not the sort of place that would put one immediately in mind of, say, a...

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Till Fellner, Wigmore Hall

Till Fellner's ear for detail makes an artful musical argument compelling

Much like Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in G, Op 79, with which he started the programme, I’ll get straight to the point. Till Fellner is a very good pianist. To demonstrate this, I’d like to jump to the...

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Imogen Cooper 60th Birthday Concert, Wigmore Hall

Schubert and more: Imogen Cooper

The great and the good came to Imogen Cooper’s 60th birthday concert. In fact, so thick with friends and fellow pianists was the Wigmore Hall, that at the end there seemed to be as many people going...

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Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Wigmore Hall

Andrew Parrott, director of the Taverner Consort, once told me of a time he was playing harpsichord at the back of a largish orchestra. Confident that nothing he played would stand the remotest...

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Handel Remixed, Barbican

Are you allowed to like both Andreas Scholl and David Daniels? I've always felt slightly guilty over this one - it feels somewhat indecent to listen ruthlessly to Scholl for some pieces, and drop him...

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