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  1. 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:...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. March 16, 2008

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

    Alan Gilbert is a hot property. He has been chosen to succeed Lorin Maazel at the helm of the New York Philharmonic in 2009....

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