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David Nice

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David writes, lectures and broadcasts on music. A former music critic for The Guardian and The Sunday Correspondent, he is a regular voice on BBC Radio 3. He has written short studies on Elgar, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and the history of opera, and is currently working on the second volume of his Prokofiev biography for Yale University Press. He runs his own lecture series, Opera in Depth, at the Frontline Club in Paddington.

Articles By David Nice

Kolesnikov, Tsoy, Currie, Walton, Wigmore Hall review - mesmerising sonorities

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Peter Grimes, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Gardner, RFH review - more instrumental than vocal intensity

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My Brilliant Friend, National Theatre review - sleek spectacle almost eats its characters

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Highgate International Chamber Music Festival opening concert review - top soloists blend to perfection

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Henry VI, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse review - a lively vortex

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Wang, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dudamel, Barbican review - much more than glitz and glamour

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O/Modernt Soloists, Sonoro Ensemble, Wimbledon International Music Festival review - pure instrumental poetry

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Roméo et Juliette, LSO, Tilson Thomas, Barbican review - surprisingly sober take on Berlioz epic

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Shadows, Coronet Theatre review - talking heads in the void

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His Dark Materials, BBC One review - generic TV fantasy with ready-made twists

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A Prayer for Wings, King's Head Theatre review - claustrophobic mother-daughter drama soars

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Daniil Trifonov, RFH review - devil in the works

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The Apostles, LPO, Brabbins, RFH review - Elgar's melancholy New Testament snapshots

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Imogen Cooper 70th Birthday Concert, Wigmore Hall review - outwardly austere, lit from within

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London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Ono, Barbican review - feet on the ground, eyes to the skies

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The Mask of Orpheus, English National Opera review - amorphous excess

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