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  1. July 22, 2014

    World Orchestra for Peace, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

    Perhaps Valery Gergiev and his World Orchestra for Peace should refrain from bringing Mahler’s works to the BBC Proms....

  2. May 19, 2014

    The puzzle of relieving the strain of a migraine

    What did Julius Caesar, Gustav Mahler and Sigmund Freud have in common? They all suffered from debilitating migraine...

  1. April 27, 2014

    BBCSSO/Donald Runnicles, City Halls, Glasgow – review

    There are two ways of understanding Mahler. The first is to see the music objectively as an outpouring of one hypersensitive...

  2. April 4, 2014

    The hotel that lost its composer – and loos with the best views

    It is gratifying for me to discover that quite a few readers have contacted me via FT.com to comment about my observations...

  3. April 4, 2014

    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Jansons, Barbican, London – review

    Mariss Jansons never used to be a Brucknerian. In the years when he was forging his reputation, in St Petersburg and then...

  4. March 17, 2014

    San Francisco SO/Michael Tilson Thomas, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

    American orchestras are always welcome in London: they clarify what unites and divides us. We speak the same language –...

  5. March 10, 2014

    Mahler Remixed, Zankel Hall, New York – review

    Goodness gracious. The attraction, in the intimate chamber buried beneath Carnegie Hall, began at 10pm. It attracted a...

  6. December 27, 2013

    Mahler: Symphony No 6

    Chailly’s latest Mahler DVD was filmed in Leipzig in 2012, with an intelligent podium discussion as part of the package. I...

  7. December 26, 2013

    MET Orchestra/Levine, Carnegie Hall, New York – review

    James Levine keeps on rolling. Literally. Having survived a two-year hiatus during which he coped with numerous physical...

  8. October 28, 2013

    São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

    As the World Cup and the Olympics draw near, Brazil is the place to be. The country’s orchestras have never previously made...

  9. October 18, 2013

    The sounds of science: how physics and music can help each other

    I can’t pretend ever to have fully grasped the space-time continuum but two minutes into a conversation with Heinrich...

  10. 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:...

  11. August 2, 2013

    Mahler: Symphony No 7, Symphony No 8

    Austrian conductor Michael Gielen (born 1927) had a reputation for gruffness. He was not easy for music managers to handle...

  12. August 2, 2013

    BBC Proms: Aurora, Orchestra/Mahler, Chamber Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall, London

    The night birds at the BBC Proms are the ones with a sense of adventure. Unperturbed by the prospect of getting home as the...

  13. July 19, 2013

    Mahler: Symphony No 4

    Pinnock and Mahler?! Seeing these names side-by-side may provoke disbelief in many British music lovers, given that the...

  14. May 23, 2013

    Marco Polo, Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway – review

    Tan Dun’s opera Marco Polo has had a chequered history. Originally commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival in...

  15. May 3, 2013

    Mahler: Symphony No 4

    The third of Chailly’s live Mahler DVDs with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra has the same abundant virtues as the...

  16. April 11, 2013

    Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler, Opéra Bastille, Paris – review

    The celebrations scheduled for the tricentenary of the Paris Opera Ballet School will be upon us next week, and with them...

  17. March 15, 2013

    Debussy/Mahler: Mélodies de jeunesse

    This young French soprano made a splash last month in the title role of Hahn’s Ciboulette at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, and...

  18. November 19, 2012

    Alceste, Vienna State Opera

    Perhaps the most arresting moment of the Vienna State Opera’s “new” Alceste production is the Queen’s arrival at the gates...

  19. August 31, 2012

    Is it just me?

    The Sage If I type “value judgment” into Google’s addictive Ngram viewer, I find the phrase hardly ever crops up in its...

  20. April 2, 2012

    LSO/Semyon Bychkov, Barbican, London

    When the totality of existence is up for grabs, as it is in Mahler’s Third Symphony, we should not be surprised if all, or...

  21. February 20, 2012

    New York Philharmonic/Gilbert, Barbican, London

    At the end of last week Leonard Bernstein’s old orchestra came to London and played Mahler. Yes, yes, the New York...

  22. January 8, 2012

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

    The New York Philharmonic – emphatically Alan Gilbert’s Philharmonic – offered an intriguing juxtaposition of opposites on...

  23. November 17, 2011

    Lévy’s EMI deal worries nervous Vivendi investors

    Jean-Bernard Lévy is a good piano player and classical music enthusiast. The telecoms engineer and Vivendi chief executive...

  24. October 15, 2011

    Mahler: Symphonies 2 and 8

    In 10 days’ time Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra arrive in London for the start of their eagerly awaited...

  25. October 11, 2011

    Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Abbado, Royal Festival Hall, London

    The quality of London’s orchestral life is so consistently high that the exceptional is all the more astonishing when it...

  26. October 10, 2011

    Philharmonia/Lorin Maazel, Royal Festival Hall, London

    There are only two viable ways to end a Mahler cycle – by saying farewell to life, as the composer did in his Ninth and last...

  27. September 23, 2011

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

    The New York Philharmonic has done a lot of throat-clearing this month. Before regular activities for 2011-12 could begin,...

  28. September 5, 2011

    Budapest Festival Orchestra, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

    It can be an education to see an orchestra letting its hair down, especially one as disciplined as the Budapest Festival...

  29. September 2, 2011

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Runnicles, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

    The biggest and most satisfying climaxes come when the build-up has been long and patient. Gustav Mahler knew it. So does...

  30. August 23, 2011

    BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

    In the current economic climate it probably does no good to observe that the BBC follows in a line of gilded aristocrats,...

  31. 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...

  32. June 11, 2011

    Mahler: Symphony No 10

    Mahler Symphony No 10 Deryck Cooke & Berthold Goldschmidt (Testament, 3 CDs)    Mahler Symphony No 10 David Zinman (RCA Red...

  33. May 29, 2011

    RLPO/Vasily Petrenko, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

    In the five years since Vasily Petrenko became chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra they have...

  34. 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...

  35. April 26, 2011

    Vienna 1900: Style and Identity, Neue Galerie, New York

    Vienna 1900: Style and Identity at New York’s Neue Galerie, makes a marvellous companion to the splashier Great Upheaval at...

  36. April 24, 2011

    LPO/Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall, London

    The picture is almost complete. The two-year-long double anniversary of Mahler has provided an unrivalled opportunity to...

  37. March 25, 2011

    Mahler: Symphony No 4 etc/Berlioz: Les Nuits d’Eté

    Mahler Symphony No 4 etc Berlioz Les Nuits d’Eté Orchestra of the Swan (Somm) Just another Mahler Four? Far from it: this is...

  38. March 18, 2011

    Dvorák: Symphony No 8 etc, Mahler: Symphony No 8

    Dvorák Symphony No 8 etc Klaus Tennstedt (Testament) Mahler Symphony No 8 Klaus Tennstedt (London Philharmonic Orchestra, 2...

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