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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. September 26, 2014

      Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique – review

      During its long years with Colin Davis the London Symphony Orchestra became expert in the music of Berlioz. The orchestra’s...

    1. August 31, 2014

      Les Troyens, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival – review

      The original division into two parts of Les Troyens, Berlioz’s epic slice of “Virgil Shakespearianised”, was arbitrary and...

    2. August 8, 2014

      Berlioz: Harold in Italy – review

      Leonard Slatkin and the orchestra of France’s second city may seem an odd pairing, but their bargain-price Berlioz – first a...

    3. June 17, 2014

      Much Ado About Nothing, Delacorte Theater, New York – review

      I always leave an outdoor production of Much Ado About Nothing happy: the only question is how happy. In the case of the...

    4. June 6, 2014

      Benvenuto Cellini, Coliseum, London – review

      Benvenuto Cellini, Hector Berlioz, Terry Gilliam – soulmates in chaos, confusion and crazed inspiration. Or so it seems in...

    5. 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...

    6. 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 –...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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....

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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....

    21. 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...

    22. 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,...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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,...

    29. 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,...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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