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  1. August 26, 2014

    Lucerne Festival, KKL Concert Hall, Lucerne, Switzerland – review

    Tie yourself to the mast. A siren, all wafting textiles, flying blonde tresses and eerie high notes, is careening down the...

  2. February 19, 2014

    Maurizio Pollini, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

    This recital was dedicated to the memory of Maurizio Pollini’s close colleague, the conductor Claudio Abbado, who died in...

  1. January 24, 2014

    Stirred, not shaken

    I’m not sure whether the famous instruction given by James Bond to have his dry martini “shaken, not stirred” ever had any...

  2. January 20, 2014

    Conductor Claudio Abbado dies at 80

    The great paradox about Claudio Abbado, who has died at his home in Bologna at the age of 80, was how someone so...

  3. November 27, 2013

    Santa Cecilia Orchestra and Chorus/Antoni Wit, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome – review

    If there is one European musical institution that has transformed its image in recent years, it must be the Santa Cecilia....

  4. 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...

  5. August 22, 2013

    All the best: Claudio Abbado

    When Claudio Abbado turned 80 in June, the only sector of the music world to trumpet his birthday was the record industry:...

  6. April 19, 2013

    Mozart: Woodwind concertos

    It is typical of Abbado, as he approaches his 80th birthday, that he should profile next-generation members of his...

  7. December 6, 2012

    Queen’s Medal for Music, Barbican, London

    It is an unfamiliar sight to see Maxim Vengerov alongside a London orchestra as a violinist. In 2005 he took a sabbatical...

  8. August 1, 2012

    Ariadne auf Naxos/Orchestra Mozart Bologna, Salzburg Festival

    It is 100 years since the disastrous premiere of Ariadne auf Naxos. The third collaboration between Richard Strauss and his...

  9. June 18, 2012

    Vienna Philharmonic/Rattle, Barbican, London

    The Simon Rattle brand has become so identified with Berlin that it came as a surprise to find him billed as conductor of...

  10. February 3, 2012

    Isabelle Faust: Berg and Beethoven Violin Concertos

    The Berg concerto still deters many classical music buffs, but the tide is turning in its favour, not just because there is...

  11. November 5, 2011

    Mahler: Symphony No 6

    More Mahler, more invidious choices. Unless you are a believer in only one way of doing things, which negates the very...

  12. October 21, 2011

    Far-sighted but no visionary

    It would have been too easy (reader, I was tempted) to write a column dismissing all the hype about the late Steve Jobs. I...

  13. Money Supply

    October 20, 2011

    Trichet's party gatecrashed

    Fittingly, at the end of a career spent managing global economic crises, Jean-Claude Trichet’s farewell party took a...

  14. August 22, 2011

    Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Abbado, KKL Concert Hall, Lucerne

    This time, there is no mystical silence when the last notes die away. The audience at Lucerne’s KKL bursts into rapturous...

  15. July 9, 2011

    Beethoven: Fidelio

    Beethoven Fidelio Claudio Abbado (Decca, 2 CDs) Recorded live last summer with the Lucerne Festival and Mahler Chamber...

  16. May 14, 2011

    Mahler: Symphony No 9

    Mahler Symphony No 9 Claudio Abbado (Accentus Music) Abbado has, of course, recorded Mahler’s Ninth before, but this DVD of...

  17. February 28, 2011

    Brian Ferneyhough, Barbican, London

    It was the moment we had been waiting for. Brian Ferneyhough’s La terre est un homme, his succès de scandale of the 1970s,...

  18. January 14, 2011

    Claudio Abbado: Lucerne Festival at Easter

    Claudio Abbado Lucerne Festival at Easter (Accentus Music) Claudio Abbado remains the world’s finest conductor, but his...

  19. August 24, 2010

    Lucerne Festival Orchestra, KKL, Lucerne

    The last movement is well under way when a woodwind soloist comes in a beat too early. Claudio Abbado holds up his lean left...

  20. August 16, 2010

    Fidelio, Lucerne Festival, KKL, Lucerne

    Nina Stemme and Jonas Kaufmann Eros is the theme of this year’s Lucerne Festival. And though it would be hard to imagine a...

  21. March 8, 2010

    A voice fit for any occasion

    Only two months ago, Philip Langridge was singing the Witch in Hansel and Gretel at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. It was...

  22. March 7, 2010

    A voice fit for any occasion

    Deeply tormented: Philip Langridge as Gustav von Aschenbach in ‘Death in Venice’ Only two months ago, Philip Langridge was...

  23. August 25, 2009

    More than a mere symphony

    Well into the concert, it dawns on me: I will never hear a better Mahler 4. With this realisation comes a queasy sense of...

  24. August 24, 2009

    Lucerne Festival, Switzerland

    Well into the concert, it dawns on me: I will never hear a better Mahler 4. With this realisation comes a queasy sense of my...

  25. September 29, 2008

    Dean’s column: Alice Guihon on Herbert Von Karajan

    I have always loved music, especially classical music and opera. I greatly admire opera singers such as Placido Domingo and...

  26. March 15, 2008

    Classical: Andrew Clark

    Mahler 9 Simon Rattle EMI (2 CDs) The Berlin Philharmonic has had a love affair with Mahler's farewell symphony ever since...

  27. November 17, 2007

    CLASSICAL

    Lux Aeterna Claudio Abbado's Verdi Requiem Arthaus Musik (2 DVDs) This is an exercise in time-travel - to the early 1980s,...

  28. November 2, 2007

    Maurizio Pollini

    It always helps if a composer has a champion in the concert hall. The pianist Maurizio Pollini was a close friend and...

  29. November 1, 2007

    Maurizio Pollini, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

    It always helps if a composer has a champion in the concert hall. The pianist Maurizio Pollini was a close friend and...

  30. October 3, 2007

    London Sinfonietta

    In the idealism of their youth, some of today's leading Italian musicians, such as Claudio Abbado and Maurizio Pollini,...

  31. October 2, 2007

    London Sinfonietta, Queen Elizabeth Hall

    In the idealism of their youth, some of today’s leading Italian musicians, such as Claudio Abbado and Maurizio Pollini, used...

  32. August 25, 2007

    Lucerne Festival Orchestra Royal Albert Hall, London

    A few visionary people have had an ambition to create the dream orchestra - legendary recording producer Walter Legge,...

  33. August 24, 2007

    Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall, London

    A few visionary people have had an ambition to create the dream orchestra – legendary recording producer Walter Legge,...

  34. August 18, 2007

    Live Previews

    Edinburgh International Festival To September 2 Various venues Kate Royal gives a morning song recital on Monday, followed...

  35. June 16, 2007

    Beethoven

    Beethoven Symphonies 1, 6 & 8 Claudio Abbado, EuroArts Abbado's Beethoven cycle in Rome, February 2001 marked not just the...

  36. May 19, 2007

    Live Previews

    Macbeth Tonight to July 21, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, East Sussex Roll on the picnics, Pimms and pashminas. Glyndebourne...

  37. October 14, 2006

    La Scala's marriage of convenience

    A year and a half ago, Milan's La Scala opera house was in the news for all the wrong reasons. It had just thrown out its...

  38. August 26, 2006

    Music

    Edinburgh This is Brian McMaster's final week as festival director, and we shall miss him dearly. He bows out next...

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