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Jessica Duchen

Articles By Jessica Duchen

András Schiff, Wigmore Hall review - mystery marvels mesmerise

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Europe Day Concert, St John's Smith Square online review – celebrating in style

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Benjamin Grosvenor, Barbican online review - black magic and golden-age gorgeousness

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Pushkin House Music Festival online review - Russian around Bloomsbury

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Die tote Stadt, Komische Oper Berlin, OperaVision review – when catharsis goes missing

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Christian Blackshaw, Wigmore Hall online review - pure as the driven snow

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András Schiff, Wigmore Hall review - Bach in isolation

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Oslo Philharmonic, Mäkelä online review - focus, flair and midwinter heartbreak

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First Person: Jessica Duchen on writing about Beethoven's Immortal Beloved

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Pavel Kolesnikov, Wigmore Hall review - the stuff of dreams

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Tasmin Little Farewell Recital, RFH review - memories, tributes and dreams

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Jeneba Kanneh-Mason, Sode, Chineke! Orchestra, Edusei, RFH review - protest, passion and joy

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Stephen Kovacevich, Wigmore Hall review - a sublime birthday treat

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Mariam Batsashvili, Wigmore Hall review – the serious virtuoso

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Black Classical Music: The Forgotten History, BBC Four review - sounds to treasure

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Danny Driver, Wigmore Hall review - ingenious sleight-of-hand

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