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  1. October 4, 2013

    Walt Disney Concert Hall – 10 years on

    The downtown area of Los Angeles used to be a dangerous, no-go area after dark but a recent gala anniversary concert there...

  2. March 18, 2013

    The Gospel According to the Other Mary, Barbican, London

    A more appropriate title for John Adams’ latest operatic oratorio would be The Gospel According to the Other Peter, for it...

  1. March 17, 2013

    Review: LA Philharmonic/ Gustavo Dudamel, Barbican, London

    Accustomed to adulation wherever he goes, Gustavo Dudamel may have blinked when he walked on to the platform for the opening...

  2. February 22, 2013

    Gustavo Dudamel: not just another maestro?

    There is a three-ring circus around Gustavo Dudamel when we meet in Berlin. We talk at the headquarters of Universal Music,...

  3. July 27, 2012

    Peace in classical time

    I suppose you could become annoyed by the gushing enthusiasm for idealistic international music projects – usually involving...

  4. June 25, 2012

    Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra/Dudamel, Royal Festival Hall, London

    To see the impact that El Sistema has had in the UK, the best place to look is Scotland. Over the past four years a housing...

  5. June 15, 2012

    The modern maestro

    When the exuberant Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra plays a programme of concerts as part of Britain’s Cultural Olympiad...

  6. February 27, 2012

    The spread of Venezuela’s ‘kindly virus’

    Ten-year old Amileigh Jones plays cello in Big Noise, a children’s orchestra in Scotland. Like all the other members of her...

  7. October 25, 2011

    Los Angeles Philharmonic, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

    Perhaps the most gracious and illuminating of the activities marking the San Francisco Symphony’s centenary season is the...

  8. August 9, 2011

    BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

    By Richard Fairman The average age of audiences at the BBC Proms has to be among the youngest for classical music in the...

  9. January 28, 2011

    LA Philharmonic/Gustavo Dudamel, Barbican, London

    Most US orchestras touring Europe are so in thrall to the Old World that they feel they must excuse themselves for being...

  10. January 4, 2011

    Gustavo Dudamel/Elina Garanca, Philharmonie, Berlin

    Is it about music, or about ratings? Fought over by television stations and rushed out on to the CD market, the big...

  11. November 4, 2010

    Miners’ story is the stuff of opera

    From Mr Tom Brown. Dark psychology of an all-male crew: Billy Budd performed at Glyndebourne Sir, You rightly raise the...

  12. March 9, 2010

    A vote for truth and substance

    At last week's Gustav Mahler conducting competition in Bamberg, as the agents began to circle the periphery, it was hard not...

  13. March 8, 2010

    Third Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, Bamberg, Germany

    Winner: Ainars Rubikis At last week’s Gustav Mahler conducting competition in Bamberg, as the agents began to circle the...

  14. December 19, 2009

    Peaks in a trough year

    Barcelona’s Lionel Messi scores against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last April One of the things I like about the...

  15. November 28, 2009

    El Sistema

    El Sistema A film by Paul Smaczny and Maria StodtmeierEuroArts Ever since the sensational London Proms debut of the Simón...

  16. November 13, 2009

    Celebrities: Different sort of endorsement

    Time was when a clearly signed endorsement alongside a glamorous image of a well-known film or sporting star was sufficient...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. April 25, 2009

    There’s been a change of key

    There are profound shifts occurring in the musical landscape of the UK, and indeed the world at large. Their very...

  22. April 17, 2009

    Classical music beats time for the YouTube generation

    The mood this week at London’s Southbank Centre was jubilant. Thousands of people of all ages thronged the arts centre to...

  23. April 15, 2009

    Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Royal Festival Hall, London

    It is as if Venezuela has the biggest and best football team in the world. When the 100-plus young players of the Simón...

  24. April 4, 2009

    Classical Andrew Clark

    Ezio Alan Curtis DG Archiv (3 CDs) Hot on the heels of Curtis's new Alcina , about which I was a little sniffy, comes this...

  25. February 23, 2009

    Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

    Classical music does not have an equivalent of the Oscars. If it did, the 28-year-old conductor Gustavo Dudamel would...

  26. January 5, 2009

    Berlin Philharmonic/ Rattle

    Berlin was at the heart of a game of musical chairs this New Year's Eve. Salzburg Festival Intendant Jürgen Flimm was...

  27. January 2, 2009

    Berlin Philharmonic/Rattle, Philharmonie Berlin

    Berlin was at the heart of a game of musical chairs this New Year’s Eve. Salzburg Festival Intendant Jürgen Flimm was...

  28. September 18, 2008

    Debut of sensitivity and style

    With the appointments of Alan Gilbert (New York Philharmonic) and Gustavo Dudamel (Los Angeles Philharmonic), American...

  29. September 17, 2008

    Debut of sensitivity and style

    With the appointments of Alan Gilbert (New York Philharmonic) and Gustavo Dudamel (Los Angeles Philharmonic), American...

  30. August 15, 2008

    Gustavo Dudamel

    It is a measure of how steeply Gustavo Dudamel's stock has risen in the past 18 months that he was back at the Edinburgh...

  31. August 9, 2008

    Live music

    Kings of Leon August 14, Brixton Academy, London SW9 A tight live act, Kings of Leon warm up for the V festival with a...

  32. June 11, 2008

    Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

    In the short time that Gustavo Dudamel has been visiting to conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra, his star has risen fast. At...

  33. March 27, 2008

    A test for the hot new talent

    The most hotly pursued young conductor of the decade last week paused long enough in his southward journey to offer San...

  34. March 26, 2008

    San Francisco Symphony/ Dudamel, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

    The most hotly pursued young conductor of the decade last week paused long enough in his southward journey to offer San...

  35. November 6, 2007

    Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt

    Carnegie Hall and its environs are abuzz these days with a fascinating bash labelled Berlin in Lights . Fifty events in 17...

  36. November 5, 2007

    Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt, Zankel Hall, New York

    Carnegie Hall and its environs are abuzz these days with a fascinating bash labelled Berlin in Lights. Fifty events in 17...

  37. November 4, 2007

    LA Philharmonic, Barbican, London

    Maybe youth is simply valued more highly in California. In 1992, when Esa-Pekka Salonen took over as music director of the...

  38. October 26, 2007

    ‘It’s been an amazing experience’

    Los Angeles’s Walt Disney Concert Hall presents only one problem: getting there. Ask the musician who these days most...

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