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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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