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    1. September 28, 2014

      Philharmonia Orchestra/Salonen, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

      There’s nothing quite like a deafening requiem, and few are quite as deafening as Berlioz’s Grande messe des morts. It’s a...

    2. June 20, 2014

      Strauss: Elektra – review

      Chéreau directed Richard Strauss’s one-act opera at the Aix-en-Provence festival in July 2013. His health was fragile: he...

    1. May 23, 2014

      Bartók: Duke Bluebeard’s Castle – review

      In the theatre, Bartók’s one-act opera is a dramatic portrait of the irreconcilability of the sexes. In the concert hall,...

    2. September 29, 2013

      Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

      It is 30 years since Esa-Pekka Salonen first conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra. The musical world has changed since 1983,...

    3. July 11, 2013

      Elektra, Aix-en-Provence Festival – review

      Done well, Strauss’s Elektra is disgusting. Ernest Newman, criticising the London premiere in 1910, accused the composer of...

    4. June 2, 2013

      Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

      It has been impossible to miss the centenary this year of the first performance of The Rite of Spring. There have been...

    5. March 12, 2013

      Total Immersion: New from the North, Barbican, London

      Does Nordic music really exist? Yes, yes, there are Nordic composers. But is there a specific sound-world that typifies “the...

    6. March 10, 2013

      Philharmonia/Salonen, Royal Festival Hall, London

      At the start of Lutoslawski’s Cello Concerto, the soloist muses absentmindedly on a series of repeated Ds, before...

    7. November 22, 2012

      Philharmonia/ Wozzeck, Avery Fisher Hall, New York

      New York experienced what may well be the finest opera production of the season earlier this week with a performance of...

    8. September 4, 2012

      All the best: Lutoslawski

      It happened all of 25 years ago. A dapper, professorial man arrived at my door at the appointed time, and we spent the next...

    9. August 3, 2012

      Cultural tourists

      Four years have passed since China Now, the festival of arts that brought some of the best and newest examples of Chinese...

    10. March 15, 2012

      Classical music goes techno

      When Richard Slaney fixed wires and video cameras to Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Finnish orchestral conductor and composer, he...

    11. January 29, 2012

      Il prigioniero, Royal Festival Hall, London

      Not all masterpieces are recognised as such by the era that gave them birth, but when their time comes, often through the...

    12. November 6, 2011

      Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

      “Infernal Dance”, the year-long survey of Bartók from Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, left the best to...

    13. 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...

    14. September 26, 2011

      LPO/Philharmonia, Royal Festival Hall, London

      The financial outlook may be restrictive, but at least the imagination has not been cramped. Last weekend saw the Southbank...

    15. September 23, 2011

      In the premiere league

      When I first saw Barbara Hannigan she was alone on stage, accompanying herself with a hand-powered flashlight and echoed by...

    16. August 13, 2011

      The Makropulos Case, Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg

      The combination has worked before. Christoph Marthaler and Anna Viebrock as maverick director and eccentric stage director,...

    17. August 12, 2011

      The Inventory: Esa-Pekka Salonen

      Esa-Pekka Salonen, 53, is a Finnish conductor and composer renowned for his interpretations of contemporary music. He is...

    18. June 28, 2011

      Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

      Patrons of the Philharmonia Orchestra can get themselves a good deal, if they plan carefully. About half a dozen times a...

    19. January 31, 2011

      Infernal Dance, RFH, London

      All things Hungarian are in fashion this year. Only a week after the double celebrations to mark Hungary’s presidency of the...

    20. September 24, 2010

      Tristan und Isolde, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

      Wagner’s women are either destructive vamps, unattainable virgins or servants of male redemption. The only opera in which...

    21. December 21, 2009

      LSO/Gergiev

      This celebratory concert came just in time to fit on the London Symphony Orchestra's 2009 calendar. Back in May, Valery...

    22. December 20, 2009

      LSO/Gergiev, Barbican, London

      This celebratory concert came just in time to fit on the London Symphony Orchestra’s 2009 calendar. Back in May, Valery...

    23. November 17, 2009

      From the House of the Dead

      It was not a typical night at the Met. The audience, younger than usual, did not - could not - applaud any hit tunes. The...

    24. November 16, 2009

      From the House of the Dead, Metropolitan Opera, New York

      It was not a typical night at the Met. The audience, younger than usual, did not – could not – applaud any hit tunes. The...

    25. November 6, 2009

      Playing Stravinsky with a full orchestra

      Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia in a recording that makes up part of ‘ReRite’ I brandish a stick and wallop a...

    26. October 13, 2009

      A new hero for Hollywood

      Hollywood has always been in the business of manufacturing legends. Some adapt to their status better than others. Gustavo...

    27. October 12, 2009

      Los Angeles Philharmonic, Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA

      Hollywood has always been in the business of manufacturing legends. Some adapt to their status better than others. Gustavo...

    28. October 4, 2009

      Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

      People have been asking when the credit crunch will hit the arts. At Thursday’s concert it seemed to have arrived. Shortly...

    29. August 10, 2009

      Guide Arts around the world

      Edinburgh Edinburgh International Festival The 63rd Edinburgh International Festival has themes of Scottish homecoming...

    30. August 9, 2009

      Arts around the world

      Edinburgh International Festival The 63rd Edinburgh International Festival has themes of Scottish homecoming woven into its...

    31. May 5, 2009

      Solidity in a time of flux

      Most of the big US orchestras are facing upheaval of one sort or another these days. With Esa-Pekka Salonen en route to...

    32. May 4, 2009

      NY Philharmonic/Gilbert, Avery Fisher Hall, NY

      Unflagging authority: Alan Gilbert in action with the NY Philharmonic Most of the big US orchestras are facing upheaval of...

    33. March 25, 2009

      City of Dreams, Royal Festival Hall, London

      From Brussels to Barcelona the Philharmonia Orchestra has been busy touring the concert halls of Europe over the past month....

    34. March 25, 2009

      City of Dreams

      From Brussels to Barcelona the Philharmonia Orchestra has been busy touring the concert halls of Europe over the past...

    35. March 2, 2009

      Gurrelieder, Royal Festival Hall, London

      The Philharmonia Orchestra’s celebration of early 20th-century Vienna made a rousing debut at the weekend with performances...

    36. February 28, 2009

      Live music

      Tina Turner March 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, O2 Arena, London Eight years after retiring, Tina Turner has returned to the stage: the...

    37. February 9, 2009

      Philharmonia Orchestra

      In a couple of weeks, the Philharmonia Orchestra will be embarking on its nine-month festival City of Dreams: Vienna...

    38. February 8, 2009

      Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

      In a couple of weeks, the Philharmonia Orchestra will be embarking on its nine-month festival City of Dreams: Vienna...

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