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    1. June 10, 2015

      Hidden Likeness: Photographer Emmet Gowin at the Morgan Library and Museum, New York — review

      The photographer Emmet Gowin finds meaning in taxonomies. He ventures into tropical jungles to shoot nocturnal moths in...

    2. June 8, 2015

      Murray Perahia, Barbican, London — review

      Murray Perahia is one of the most unassuming musicians around. The pianist attracts a devoted following perhaps because...

    1. May 15, 2015

      Northern Ballet, Linbury Studio, London — review

      Northern Ballet knows its strengths and plays to them. Its bread-and-butter has always been bankable full-evening titles and...

    2. May 11, 2015

      When opera takes on the big issues

      Big-busted celebrities. The Twin Towers. Nuclear physics. Opera in recent decades hasn’t been afraid to grapple with the...

    3. April 30, 2015

      Philip Glass Etudes, Barbican, London — review

      Chopin wrote 24 of them. Czerny regarded them as teaching exercises. Composers over the past century, such as Rachmaninov,...

    4. April 27, 2015

      Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, Royal Festival Hall, London — review

      Certain programmes function not as a cohesive package, but as an excuse to showcase one piece. This Royal Festival Hall...

    5. April 24, 2015

      Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart: An die ferne Geliebte, Songs, Masonic Cantata

      Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart An die ferne Geliebte, Songs, Masonic Cantata Mark Padmore (Harmonia Mundi) Perform classical songs...

    6. March 17, 2015

      Pacifica Quartet plays Shulamit Ran, Wigmore Hall, London — review

      Imagine flicking dispassionately through an album of disturbing images, and you’ll have some sense of Shulamit Ran’s...

    7. March 15, 2015

      New York Philharmonic/Adès, Avery Fisher Hall, New York — review

      This was no ordinary garden-variety concert by the New York Philharmonic. Not by a short shot. The podium was not manned by...

    8. February 25, 2015

      Ivo Pogorelich, Royal Festival Hall, London — review

      When the young Croatian pianist Ivo Pogorelich first burst on to the scene in the early 1980s he was marketed as the “enfant...

    9. January 20, 2015

      St Lawrence String Quartet, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford, California — review

      Fortunate are those composers who can depend on sympathetic interpreters to communicate their message to the world. For most...

    10. January 12, 2015

      Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Royal Festival Hall, London — review

      Time moves on. The young players from the back streets of Caracas who captured the public imagination when they toured the...

    11. December 29, 2014

      Igor Levit, Wigmore Hall, London — review

      This was the first recital in a Wigmore Hall “Emerging Talent” series entitled “Introducing Igor Levit”. At the time the...

    12. December 5, 2014

      Songs in the key of later life

      Terry Riley, the American minimalist composer, received his most important inspiration 50 years ago on a San Francisco bus....

    13. November 23, 2014

      Boston Symphony Orchestra/Nelsons, Symphony Hall

      When a new music director assumes control of an orchestra, it makes sense for him to investigate its musical heritage, not...

    14. November 21, 2014

      Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp. 31 & 49 – review

      Beethoven Piano Sonatas Opp. 31 & 49 Maurizio Pollini (DG) It has taken nearly 40 years for Maurizio Pollini to complete his...

    15. November 11, 2014

      Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Barbican, London – review

      The fall of the Berlin Wall was not the only turning point of 1989. After many years of period instruments fighting for...

    16. November 9, 2014

      Renaud Capuçon and Frank Braley, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London – review

      Even the most civil conversation can descend into a row. That point was musically illustrated at this Queen Elizabeth Hall...

    17. October 22, 2014

      quartet-lab, Wigmore Hall, London – review

      The name quartet-lab was chosen to make a point. If four musicians see themselves as bringing the hidebound string quartet...

    18. October 19, 2014

      Mitsuko Uchida, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

      “Please leave the building by the nearest available exit” are not words you want to hear in a concert hall. Particularly...

    19. September 25, 2014

      Christopher Hogwood, conductor, 1941-2014

      No one embodied the extraordinary rise of early music more than Christopher Hogwood, who died on Wednesday aged 73. His...

    20. August 29, 2014

      Jan Ladislav Dussek: Piano Concertos – review

      After over 60 CDs devoted to the romantic piano concerto Hyperion is turning to an earlier era. This first volume of “The...

    21. August 25, 2014

      BBC Proms: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

      As the orchestra prepared for its third encore, I wondered: would this be the last? After an evening of Janáček, Dvořák and...

    22. August 10, 2014

      BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oramo, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

      For the chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the long Proms season must sometimes look as daunting as captaining a...

    23. August 4, 2014

      Brits and Germans let old clichés fade

      One hundred years after Britain entered the first world war, its tricky relationship with Germany is going through a...

    24. July 31, 2014

      Euryanthe, Bard SummerScape, Richard B. Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York – review

      Beethoven missed the 1823 premiere of Weber’s Euryanthe in Vienna but wondered how it had gone. “How was the libretto?” he...

    25. July 23, 2014

      Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Finland – review

      Imagine watching a juggler weave four balls through the air like music. Imagine a violinist playing a Bach chaconne as if he...

    26. July 4, 2014

      New English Ballet Theatre, Peacock Theatre, London

      Studio performances offer a friendly playpen for trying out new material but dancemakers and young performers need serious...

    27. July 3, 2014

      Nederlands Dans Theater, Sadler’s Wells, London – review

      The decor for Nederlands Dans Theater’s latest double bill is flawless: restrained and elegant, the sets shrink and expand...

    28. June 24, 2014

      The Classical Style, Berkeley/Anya 17, San Francisco – review

      With the arrival of June, the muse of lyric theatre takes wing over the Golden Gate. This month, although the San Francisco...

    29. May 30, 2014

      Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from Lugano 2013 – review

      Another vintage clutch of recordings from the Argentine pianist’s chamber music love-in? Not quite. The 2013 edition...

    30. April 15, 2014

      Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, London – review

      Musical partnerships between New York and London have become ever closer over the past decade. Alongside shared productions...

    31. April 4, 2014

      The hotel that lost its composer – and loos with the best views

      It is gratifying for me to discover that quite a few readers have contacted me via FT.com to comment about my observations...

    32. 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...

    33. March 14, 2014

      The power of Beethoven’s creative shadow

      John Adams, the American composer whose mash-up of material borrowed from Beethoven, Absolute Jest, is performed at the...

    34. March 7, 2014

      Beethoven: Piano Trios Op 70 No 2, Op 97 ‘Archduke’

      The first thing you notice here is the timbre of the fortepiano, lightening the overall texture: in Melnikov’s hands it...

    35. March 7, 2014

      Alina Ibragimova: from Russia with dedication

      It was the joyfulness and spontaneity of her Beethoven that stood out. With Bach and Mendelssohn, it was the way she...

    36. February 21, 2014

      Piotr Anderszewski, Wigmore Hall, London – review

      It is always a pleasure when a pianist who is usually heard in large concert venues makes a visit to intimate Wigmore Hall,...

    37. January 23, 2014

      BBC Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London – review

      There is a French theme running through the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s concerts this season. This takes in the leading...

    38. January 17, 2014

      Erika Sunnegardh: Arias and songs by Beethoven, Strauss and Wagner

      The Swedish-American soprano’s debut solo album has two distinctions. First, it was funded by a kickstarter campaign – a...

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