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    1. September 9, 2014

      Cleveland Orchestra, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

      Who said that orchestras are sounding more and more alike? The Cleveland Orchestra has not visited the Proms for 10 years,...

    2. April 24, 2014

      Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra profile

      Today the programme is revealed for this summer’s BBC Proms, and among the orchestras performing will be an unfamiliar name:...

    1. March 23, 2014

      Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

      One of the advantages for orchestras and opera-houses marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss is that...

    2. January 7, 2014

      All the best: Sibelius symphonies

      The homes of composers have long fascinated me, and Sibelius’s log villa, Ainola, more than most. Named after his...

    3. September 8, 2013

      BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

      So it has happened. After 118 years a woman conductor has stepped up to take charge of the Last Night of the Proms for the...

    4. December 23, 2012

      All the best: Mahler symphonies

      We live in an era of unsurpassed richness for Mahler interpretation. A quarter of a century ago, there was no shortage of...

    5. July 9, 2012

      Boston Symphony Orchestra/Stern, Tanglewood, Lenox, Massachusetts

      Tanglewood can’t claim to have invented the outdoor concert, but there was no precedent for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s...

    6. April 23, 2012

      Puhdistus (Purge), Finnish National Opera, Helsinki

      What do you do if the whore in your garden is your sister’s grandchild? Aliide Truu nurses her pistol speculatively. Her...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. April 15, 2011

      Mahler Symphony Cycle, Royal Festival Hall, London

      It has taken a while. Over the 16 months since the start of the Mahler double anniversary – 150 years since the composer’s...

    10. March 11, 2011

      China’s trophy projects

      Scan the programme for the Guangzhou Opera House for the next few months and it is hard to find much by way of opera. There...

    11. August 13, 2010

      When a writer faces the music

      Donald Rosenberg lost. So did Cleveland. And so did journalism in general and the precarious practice of music criticism in...

    12. July 6, 2010

      Il Trittico, Castleton Festival, US

      Lorin Maazel began his musical career as a child prodigy and as he enters his ninth decade retains a capacity for...

    13. May 12, 2010

      Steely grace beneath the surface

      It did not take long to figure out the management's strategy behind the opening night production of the Guangzhou Opera...

    14. April 5, 2010

      Philharmonia Orchestra

      In its 65th birthday season the Philharmonia Orchestra is making sure its old friends turn up for the celebrations. Last...

    15. April 4, 2010

      Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

      In its 65th birthday season the Philharmonia Orchestra is making sure its old friends turn up for the celebrations. Last...

    16. March 5, 2010

      Maazel/Vienna Philharmonic, Barbican, London

      The news that Alexander Pereira, director-designate of the Salzburg Festival, plans to ask younger members of the Vienna...

    17. February 5, 2010

      New York Philharmonic

      A year ago the Barbican announced a residency with the New York Philharmonic as one of five international ensembles that...

    18. February 4, 2010

      New York Philharmonic, Barbican, London

      A year ago the Barbican announced a residency with the New York Philharmonic as one of five international ensembles that...

    19. January 21, 2010

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

      Alan Gilbert conducts Thomas Hampson and the New York Philharmonic The New York Philharmonic tended to be old-school...

    20. September 29, 2009

      NY Philharmonic

      Only three programmes into his much vaunted regime as music director, and the New York Philharmonic is beginning to sound...

    21. September 28, 2009

      NY Philharmonic/Gilbert, Avery Fisher Hall, New York

      Only three programmes into his much vaunted regime as music director, and the New York Philharmonic is beginning to sound...

    22. July 16, 2009

      A maestro down on the farm

      Three weeks ago Lorin Maazel conducted the final concerts of his seven-year term as music director of the New York...

    23. July 15, 2009

      Beggar’s Opera/ Rape of Lucretia, Castleton Festival, Virginia

      Three weeks ago Lorin Maazel conducted the final concerts of his seven-year term as music director of the New York...

    24. July 2, 2009

      New York Philharmonic/Tovey, Avery Fisher Hall

      ’Tis the season to be popsy. For the New York Philharmonic, having delivered the valedictory gospel of Mahler’s Eighth...

    25. June 26, 2009

      NY Philharmonic/ Maazel

      Wednesday was Lorin Maazel Day. Thus spake the mayor of New York. Gosh, what gush. The proclamation, read from the stage by...

    26. June 25, 2009

      NY Philharmonic/ Maazel, Avery Fisher Hall

      Wednesday was Lorin Maazel Day. Thus spake the mayor of New York. Gosh, what gush. The proclamation, read from the stage by...

    27. June 10, 2009

      Maazel/New York Philharmonic

      Call it Maazeldämmerung . Lorin Maazel, contemplating his final month as music director of the New York Philharmonic, seems...

    28. June 9, 2009

      Maazel/New York Philharmonic, NY

      Call it Maazeldämmerung. Lorin Maazel, contemplating his final month as music director of the New York Philharmonic, seems...

    29. December 21, 2008

      Messiah/Koopman, Avery Fisher Hall, New York

      Last week, with Lorin Maazel blaring his way through Strauss’s Elektra, the New York Philharmonic played the most violent of...

    30. December 7, 2008

      Maazel/Elektra, Avery Fisher Hall, New York

      Lorin Maazel seems intent on creating something of a ruckus, on various levels, during his valedictory season as music...

    31. December 2, 2008

      Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

      On its website the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra proudly reports the results of a poll by a panel of international music...

    32. September 29, 2008

      Maazel and Predecessors, Avery Fisher Hall, New York

      Summer is over, tours are finished, and the New York Philharmonic has come home. A new season dawns, but the business at...

    33. September 1, 2008

      The Enchanted Wanderer, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

      Any admirer of Russian culture must wonder why a country with such a rich musical heritage has apparently turned itself into...

    34. August 31, 2008

      Conductor in full caricature

      It hardly seemed to matter if sterling’s fall against the dollar means postponing that trip to New York. Hearing the New...

    35. June 17, 2008

      Little shocker, massive sound

      Why? That was the question. Why would the New York Philharmonic bother with Tosca ? All opera companies, including two next...

    36. June 16, 2008

      Little shocker, massive sound

      Why? That was the question. Why would the New York Philharmonic bother with Tosca? All opera companies, including two next...

    37. June 9, 2008

      Mahler Ninth/Maazel, Avery Fisher Hall, New York

      Lorin Maazel, now 78, is nearing the end of his penultimate season as music director of the New York Philharmonic. But don’t...

    38. March 17, 2008

      New York Philharmonic/Gilbert

      Alan Gilbert is a hot property. He has been chosen to succeed Lorin Maazel at the helm of the New York Philharmonic in...

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