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  1. August 18, 2014

    BBC Proms: ‘Meld’ and LSO/Haitink, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

    It has taken three years to figure out a way of performing Benedict Mason’s Meld. Even the BBC Proms, home of the gigantic...

  2. July 14, 2014

    Boston Symphony Orchestra/Nelsons, Tanglewood, Massachusetts – review

    The Boston Symphony Orchestra has been a long time without a music director and it won’t have one officially until...

  1. October 2, 2013

    Orchestra Mozart/Haitink, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

    When Claudio Abbado, founder-conductor of the Bologna-based Orchestra Mozart, pulled out of its London debut on health...

  2. October 19, 2012

    When perfection isn’t enough

    I’m no balletomane, but I was struck by a remark in a recent interview with Tamara Rojo, marking her appointment as director...

  3. September 9, 2012

    BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

    This was never going to be an ordinary year for the BBC Proms. With the Olympics and Paralympics falling right in the middle...

  4. June 23, 2012

    Fritz Wunderlich: Early recordings

    Wunderlich died in 1966 just short of his 36th birthday, leaving a recorded legacy so small but so rich that admirers seize...

  5. April 24, 2012

    Missa Solemnis, Barbican, London

    It had been a long time coming. During the years that Nikolaus Harnoncourt has been at the top of the conductors’...

  6. January 14, 2012

    Bernard Haitink: Bruckner Symphony No 4, Shostakovich Symphony No 15

    Forty years ago Haitink was a prolific visitor to the recording studio, and it is testimony to his stature as a conductor...

  7. August 5, 2011

    Call to Brahms

    Lake Lucerne stretches out in an expanse of glinting slate-grey beyond the window, casting a luminous shimmer over the grand...

  8. March 21, 2011

    BBCSO/Bychkov, Barbican, London

    The history of 20th century classical music never stops being rewritten. Composers not so long ago frowned on for their...

  9. October 17, 2009

    Pass the baton to Sir Alex Ferguson

    From Mr Paul Stockley. Sir, Despite sceptical views to the contrary expressed by sometime members of the Philharmonic...

  10. October 15, 2009

    London Symphony Orchestra/Haitink

    Only a couple of weeks ago Bernard Haitink was crossing the Atlantic to London, bringing the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on...

  11. October 14, 2009

    London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London

    Only a couple of weeks ago Bernard Haitink was crossing the Atlantic to London, bringing the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on a...

  12. September 25, 2009

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Haitink

    If US orchestras' touring habits are a guide to the economy, things may be picking up: the Chicago Symphony is the first to...

  13. September 24, 2009

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

    If US orchestras’ touring habits are a guide to the economy, things may be picking up: the Chicago Symphony is the first to...

  14. July 22, 2009

    London Symphony Orchestra

    In July 1909 Mahler was hard at work on his Ninth Symphony. He could not have known that it would be his last completed...

  15. July 21, 2009

    London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall, London

    In July 1909 Mahler was hard at work on his Ninth Symphony. He could not have known that it would be his last completed work...

  16. March 18, 2009

    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/ Bernard Haitink

    In a world preoccupied by communication skills, Bernard Haitink must be considered deeply unsexy. He is old, grey and a...

  17. March 17, 2009

    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernard Haitink, Barbican, London

    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernard HaitinkBarbican, London In a world preoccupied by communication skills, Bernard...

  18. March 14, 2009

    Live music

    Q-Tip March 14, Roundhouse, London A rare London visit from Q-Tip, who as former member of influential US rap group A Tribe...

  19. January 17, 2009

    Classical Andrew Clark

    New Year's Concert 2009 Daniel Barenboim Decca (2 CDs) A hardy annual on television, the Viennese New Year's Day concert is...

  20. November 15, 2008

    Classical - Andrew Clark

    Shostakovich Symphony No 4 Bernard Haitink CSO Resound Shostakovich Symphony No 10 Bernard Haitink London Philharmonic...

  21. September 12, 2008

    Old friend with plenty to say

    The short stay of Bernard Haitink as principal conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is proving long on interest. By...

  22. September 11, 2008

    Old friend with plenty to say

    The short stay of Bernard Haitink as principal conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is proving long on interest. By...

  23. September 6, 2008

    Live music

    Stevie Wonder September 8, Birmingham NIA, then touring The prodigy who released his first album aged 12 hasn't aged well....

  24. June 18, 2008

    LSO/Haitink, Barbican, London

    Experience + charisma = alchemy. In an age when youth is promoted with scarcely an eye for depth or durability, here are two...

  25. May 20, 2008

    Chicago Symphony/Haitink

    Bernard Haitink was the venerable figure on the podium on Friday when the Chicago Symphony Orchestra played the delicate...

  26. May 19, 2008

    Chicago Symphony/Haitink, Carnegie Hall, New York

    Bernard Haitink was the venerable figure on the podium on Friday when the Chicago Symphony Orchestra played the delicate...

  27. May 10, 2008

    Classical - Andrew Clark

    Bernstein In rehearsal and performance Medici Arts Filmed in 1988, two years before his death, this DVD offers a portrait...

  28. April 10, 2008

    Kennedy returns for BBC Proms

    The return of Nigel Kennedy, the violin maestro, after a 21-year absence, a free concert in the Royal Albert Hall and the...

  29. April 10, 2008

    Kennedy returns for BBC Proms

    The return of Nigel Kennedy, the violin maestro, after a 21-year absence, a free concert in the Royal Albert Hall and the...

  30. January 25, 2008

    London Symphony Orchestra

    Maybe Beethoven symphonies are coming back into fashion. A few years ago they had become quite a rarity in the concert...

  31. January 24, 2008

    London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London

    Maybe Beethoven symphonies are coming back into fashion. A few years ago they had become quite a rarity in the concert hall,...

  32. January 23, 2008

    Muti/New York Philharmonic

    Riccardo Muti is a musician with special priorities, special sensitivities. He focuses drama with clarity and refinement....

  33. January 22, 2008

    Muti/New York Philharmonic, Avery Fisher Hall, New York

    Riccardo Muti is a musician with special priorities, special sensitivities. He focuses drama with clarity and refinement. He...

  34. December 10, 2007

    Two meditations on the transcendental

    The problem with trying to depict the transcendental on stage is it's not very easy. It's a problem Wagner, a master of...

  35. December 4, 2007

    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

    If the Eurostar starts direct services from London to Amsterdam, we might see even more of the Royal Concertgebouw...

  36. December 3, 2007

    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

    If the Eurostar starts direct services from London to Amsterdam, we might see even more of the Royal Concertgebouw...

  37. December 1, 2007

    LIVE MUSIC

    Kings of Leon December 1, Aberdeen Exhibition Centre, then touring Once dubbed the "Southern Strokes", Kings of Leon are...

  38. October 27, 2007

    CLASSICAL ANDREW CLARK

    London Philharmonic 75th Anniversary Volumes 2 and 3 LPO (8 CDs) After a disappointing volume dedicated to the orchestra's...

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