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  1. April 18, 2014

    Elliott Carter: The Five String Quartets

    Most composers – and most listeners – see the string quartet as a civilised conversation. Not Carter (1908-2012). In his...

  2. March 27, 2014

    Nash Ensemble, Wigmore Hall, London – review

    As people live longer, the octogenarian composer will cease to be a rarity. To mark Harrison Birtwistle’s 80th birthday the...

  1. December 13, 2013

    Elliott Carter: 103rd Birthday Concert

    This film documents an all-Carter concert in New York on December 8 2011, honouring the modernist composer on his 103rd...

  2. June 28, 2013

    Elliott Carter: Piano Concerto, Tri-Tribute etc

    Volume nine of Bridge Records’ invaluable anthology of American composer Elliott Carter (1908-2012) overturns the stereotype...

  3. November 9, 2012

    Musical modernist who composed to the end

    Jean Sibelius lived until 91 but stopped composing in his 60s; Giuseppe Verdi started to slow from around the same age and...

  4. June 11, 2012

    New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

    Understatement: this concert was not a run-of-the-mill presentation by the New York Philharmonic. Dramatically labelled...

  5. April 20, 2012

    LPO/Vänskä/Currie, Royal Festival Hall, London

    Until recently the cupboard marked “Percussion Concertos” was quite bare: players of percussion did not inherit great...

  6. January 27, 2012

    Beat it

    The numbers alone are astonishing: 200 instruments, 300 sticks, 40 cymbals. Plus the two exotic drums standing expectantly...

  7. July 31, 2011

    Emmanuel Pahud, BBC Proms, London

    Who knew there were so many flautists and their supporters among the BBC Proms audiences? The Royal Albert Hall was packed...

  8. June 28, 2011

    Conversations, Aldeburgh Festival, Suffolk

    Growing old has had a benign effect on Elliott Carter. Once renowned for his fierce intellect and formidably complex style,...

  9. March 22, 2011

    Death and the Powers, Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston

    Technological wonders go only so far towards achieving results in the opera house. Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers: the...

  10. February 15, 2011

    Thomas Adès/London Sinfonietta, City Halls, Glasgow

    When Thomas Adès unveiled his “Piano Concerto with Moving Image” three years ago, he himself conducted the London...

  11. August 16, 2010

    Mostly Mozart/A Little Night Music, New York

    Inquisitive: Pierre-Laurent Aimard This was no ordinary garden-variety concert. This was A Little Night Music. No, not...

  12. March 26, 2010

    Sir Harrison Birtwistle 75th Birthday Concert, Wigmore Hall, London

    The days when a composer such as Verdi was regarded as remarkable for composing into his seventies are long gone. As people...

  13. August 29, 2009

    Discontented and dissatisfied

    Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra Weather forecast: sunny intervals, temperatures in the low 20s –...

  14. June 23, 2009

    On Conversing with Paradise

    Elliott Carter's visit to Aldeburgh counts as exceptional, not just in the annals of the festival but also in the history...

  15. June 22, 2009

    On Conversing with Paradise, Snape Maltings, Suffolk

    Elliott Carter’s visit to Aldeburgh counts as exceptional, not just in the annals of the festival but also in the history of...

  16. March 27, 2009

    Elliott Carter/ Nash Ensemble

    Wednesday's programme proclaimed Elliott Carter as "the first great composer to remain active up to his 100th year"....

  17. March 26, 2009

    Elliott Carter/Nash Ensemble, Wigmore Hall, London

    Wednesday’s programme proclaimed Elliott Carter as “the first great composer to remain active up to his 100th year”. Whether...

  18. March 21, 2009

    Live music

    Concerts for Teenage Cancer Trust March 24-29, Royal Albert Hall, London The annual, Roger Daltrey-devised Teenage Cancer...

  19. December 16, 2008

    Barenboim plays Liszt

    Daniel Barenboim, 66, was busy last week, even by tireless-polymath standards. He ventured a new Elliott Carter concerto...

  20. December 15, 2008

    Barenboim plays Liszt, Metropolitan Opera, New York

    Daniel Barenboim, 66, was busy last week, even by tireless-polymath standards. He ventured a new Elliott Carter concerto and...

  21. December 15, 2008

    Boulez, Messiaen and Carter, Southbank Centre, London

    It has become a familiar ritual. Pierre Boulez, pope of modernism, crosses the Channel to preach the gospel of whatever...

  22. December 15, 2008

    The pope of modernism and his faithful flock

    It has become a familiar ritual. Pierre Boulez, pope of modernism, crosses the Channel to preach the gospel of whatever...

  23. December 11, 2008

    Boston Symphony Orchestra/Levine

    Elliott Carter and his music have won many friends during his century of life, but few have promoted his works as...

  24. December 10, 2008

    Ursula Oppens, Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco

    It did not seem anti-climactic for San Francisco Performances, the city’s leading presenting organisation, to wind up its...

  25. December 10, 2008

    Boston Symphony Orchestra/Levine

    Elliott Carter and his music have won many friends during his century of life, but few have promoted his works as...

  26. December 6, 2008

    A matter of time

    Classical music is full of dead composers, most of whom are fêted more than their living counterparts. But the American...

  27. December 6, 2008

    Salute to a centenarian composer

    Classical music is full of dead composers, most of whom are fêted more than their living counterparts. But the American...

  28. October 22, 2008

    Earplay

    While deserved, San Francisco's reputation as a centre for the creation and performance of new music is not based on the...

  29. October 21, 2008

    Earplay, Herbst Theatre, San Francisco

    While deserved, San Francisco’s reputation as a centre for the creation and performance of new music is not based on the...

  30. September 8, 2008

    Lucerne Festival Academy Ensemble, Lucerne Salle

    Five years ago the Lucerne Festival set up the Lucerne Festival Academy, a total immersion programme for young musicians in...

  31. July 21, 2008

    Bits and pieces whet the appetite

    The BBC Proms are under new management. On Friday, Roger Wright, the new director, marked the first night of his opening...

  32. July 20, 2008

    Bits and pieces whet the appetite

    The BBC Proms are under new management. On Friday, Roger Wright, the new director, marked the first night of his opening...

  33. June 3, 2008

    Hebrides Ensemble, Wigmore Hall, London

    The centenaries of Olivier Messiaen and Elliott Carter make this a big year for musical modernism. Although neither composer...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. December 11, 2007

    A challenge from an iconoclast

    Elliott Carter, born in 1908, is a stubborn iconoclast. A wizard and a pioneer, he remains a force of nature in spite of...

  37. December 10, 2007

    Elliott Carter/What’s Next?, Miller Theatre, New York

    Elliott Carter, born in 1908, is a stubborn iconoclast. A wizard and a pioneer, he remains a force of nature in spite of...

  38. November 20, 2007

    Boston Symphony/Levine

    Thanks to increased demand for his work, Elliott Carter's productivity actually increased after he reached normal...

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