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  1. 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...

  2. 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 –...

  1. March 7, 2014

    La Fille du régiment, Royal Opera House, London

    How seriously can we take Donizetti’s La Fille du régiment? According to one of its first critics, the composer Hector...

  2. November 13, 2013

    London Symphony Orchestra/Gergiev, Barbican, London – review

    This journey through Berlioz’s major orchestral works has had a rocky ride. Protests by gay rights campaigners against...

  3. April 28, 2013

    Swedish Chamber Orchestra/Nina Stemme, Alice Tully Hall, New York – review

    Nina Stemme is widely, also justly, celebrated as the leading Wagner heroine of our day. For some reason, however, New York...

  4. December 9, 2012

    Robert le diable, Royal Opera House, London

    Perhaps Giacomo Meyerbeer should have stuck to Plan A: his original idea was to write Robert le diable (Robert the devil) as...

  5. July 27, 2012

    Of maestros and men

    Music in 1853: The Biography of a Year, by Hugh Macdonald, Boydell Press, RRP£25, 224 pages Newly arrived in Weimar, an...

  6. April 13, 2012

    Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

    Setting a chamber orchestra loose on Berlioz’s groundbreaking work has attractions that accord with the mood of our age. We...

  7. February 9, 2012

    Armide, Juilliard School New York

    Academia rushes in where professionals fear to tread. And so it was on Wednesday. Gluck composed Armide in 1777. A fabulous...

  8. 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...

  9. October 5, 2011

    LSO/Colin Davis, Barbican, London

    Having begun his 85th year barely two weeks ago, Sir Colin Davis cuts a venerable profile as he finds his way to the podium....

  10. September 11, 2011

    BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

    It seems that the BBC Proms declare audience figures have hit a new peak at the end of every season. The announcement has...

  11. April 11, 2011

    Le Freischütz, Opéra Comique, Paris

    Sophie Karthäuser (right) When the Paris Opera decided to put on Weber’s Der Freischütz in 1841, it commissioned Berlioz to...

  12. 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...

  13. November 9, 2010

    LSO/Harding, Barbican, London

    Although Lang Lang had cancelled this concert late in the day word seemed to have gone around. Having heard that the...

  14. June 28, 2010

    Guide: Arts around the world

    ParisWilliam KentridgeThe Jeu de Paume gallery exhibits the work of South African artist William Kentridge from Tuesday....

  15. April 16, 2010

    Top film directors tackle opera for ENO

    Two of Britain's leading filmmakers are to direct operas for the first time for English National Opera's new season, which...

  16. April 10, 2010

    Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice

    Gluck Orphée et Eurydice Juan Diego FlórezDecca (2 CDs) Gluck composed his most famous opera for Vienna in 1762 in Italian,...

  17. February 26, 2010

    Béatrice et Bénédict

    Beware the "producer knows best" syndrome.Berlioz's last work, "a caprice written with the point of a needle" in his own...

  18. February 25, 2010

    Béatrice et Bénédict, Opéra Comique, Paris

    Monstrous eyes, toffee-apple cheeks: Allan Clayton and Christine Rice Beware the “producer knows best” syndrome.Berlioz’s...

  19. February 9, 2010

    L'Enfance du Christ

    The Shepherds' Chorus from Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ is so recognisable that you would think the work as a whole would...

  20. February 8, 2010

    L’Enfance du Christ, City Halls, Glasgow

    Relaxed beat: Robin Ticciati The Shepherds’ Chorus from Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ is so recognisable that you would...

  21. September 26, 2009

    Gergiev’s broad and varied range

    From Mr Peter van Laarhoven. Sir, Andrew Clark asserts that even in French repertoire, where he is most at home besides his...

  22. August 17, 2009

    Guide Arts around the world

    Reykjavik Culture Night With the sun still up for almost 24 hours, this annual event combines outdoor concerts, dance,...

  23. August 16, 2009

    Arts around the world

    ReykjavikCulture Night With the sun still up for almost 24 hours, this annual event combines outdoor concerts, dance,...

  24. March 4, 2009

    I Capuleti e i Montecchi

    Berlioz loved the "élan and intensity" of the Act One finale of Bellini's Romeo and Juliet opera. Wagner acknowledged the...

  25. March 3, 2009

    I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Royal Opera House, London

    Berlioz loved the “élan and intensity” of the Act One finale of Bellini’s Romeo and Juliet opera. Wagner acknowledged the...

  26. September 30, 2008

    Salammbô, Opéra de Marseille

    Film buffs will have noticed that Salammbô is the title of the opera in Citizen Kane. Bernard Herrmann’s film score is proof...

  27. September 19, 2008

    Andris Nelsons

    The music sounded good. The orchestra looked proud and happy. Everyone left on a high. What more could you want? The City...

  28. 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...

  29. June 7, 2008

    Stars and sails

    St Petersburg White Nights Festival The excitement experienced on the last day of school before the summer holidays is hard...

  30. February 2, 2008

    Hallé Orchestra

    It all began with a German cosmopolitan who fled Paris in 1848 and settled in north-west England. Charles Hallé’s...

  31. December 19, 2007

    London Symphony Orchestra

    Dim the Christmas tree lights; put the carols on hold. It seems the London Symphony Orchestra wants to delay the seasonal...

  32. December 18, 2007

    London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London

    Dim the Christmas tree lights; put the carols on hold. It seems the London Symphony Orchestra wants to delay the seasonal...

  33. December 17, 2007

    London Symphony Orchestra

    It is clearly a battle won. When Colin Davis was starting out on his career, Berlioz was a largely ignored composer and...

  34. December 16, 2007

    London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London

    It is clearly a battle won. When Colin Davis was starting out on his career, Berlioz was a largely ignored composer and...

  35. December 8, 2007

    LIVE MUSIC

    Arctic Monkeys December 8-9, Alexandra Palace, London, then touring To paraphrase P.G. Wodehouse, it is never difficult to...

  36. November 13, 2007

    Passion and plastic roses

    No good deed ever goes unpunished. Ariadne catches her lover Theseus in flagrante delicto with her own sister, Phaedra, but...

  37. November 12, 2007

    Passion and plastic roses

    No good deed ever goes unpunished. Ariadne catches her lover Theseus in flagrante delicto with her own sister, Phaedra, but...

  38. May 29, 2007

    More modern operatic agony

    Relentless. First impressions with new operas are always suspect – today’s critics, unlike Berlioz, cannot attend rehearsals...

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