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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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,...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. January 17, 2014

    Bruckner: Symphony No 6, Symphony No 4

    On foreign tours with the Berlin Staatskapelle, the German capital’s leading opera orchestra, Daniel Barenboim has profiled...

  14. January 14, 2014

    Maxim Vengerov, Barbican, London – review

    In the 19th century travelling violinists such as Paganini and Sarasate were hugely popular in virtuoso recitals. The top...

  15. January 10, 2014

    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol 2

    The first volume of Bavouzet’s projected traversal of all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas was an unqualified triumph, the only...

  16. January 10, 2014

    Cellist Steven Isserlis on his pianist grandfather and his compositions

    The pianist and composer Julius Isserlis, less well-known today for his own musical accomplishments than for those of his...

  17. December 26, 2013

    András Schiff, Wigmore Hall, London – review

    It is tempting, but mistaken, to describe András Schiff’s 60th birthday concert as a marathon: it comprised Bach’s Goldberg...

  18. December 13, 2013

    Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Piano Sonata No 32, Six Bagatelles

    Schiff caps his CD traversal of the 32 sonatas with Beethoven’s most immense piano work – the Diabelli Variations, in which...

  19. November 22, 2013

    Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Cadogan Hall, London – review

    As anybody who frequents the chamber music Proms in the summer will attest, Cadogan Hall is an ideal venue for small or...

  20. November 20, 2013

    Werner Güra, Wigmore Hall, London – review

    In the past week Wigmore Hall has hosted farewell solo recitals by two of its most loved singers, Felicity Lott and Wolfgang...

  21. October 24, 2013

    Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Chailly, Barbican, London – review

    The first time the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and its principal conductor Riccardo Chailly came to the Barbican for a...

  22. October 7, 2013

    Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Gaffigan, Milton Court Concert Hall, London – review

    London’s newest concert hall gave its first performance at the weekend – courtesy of the Guildhall School, the...

  23. October 2, 2013

    Orchestra Mozart/Haitink, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

    When Claudio Abbado, founder-conductor of the Bologna-based Orchestra Mozart, pulled out of its London debut on health...

  24. September 26, 2013

    Fidelio, Coliseum, London – review

    Until the last 20 minutes, this Fidelio is wearingly uneventful. Then Calixto Bieito, enfant terrible of Spanish opera...

  25. September 9, 2013

    HK Philharmonic/van Zweden, Hong Kong Cultural Centre – review

    A year ago, Jaap van Zweden inaugurated his music directorship of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra with a world premiere...

  26. September 4, 2013

    BBC Proms: Oslo Philharmonic/Petrenko, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

    Was the conductor sexy? Did gender interfere with the music? I doubt if members of the Oslo Philharmonic asked either...

  27. August 22, 2013

    All the best: Claudio Abbado

    When Claudio Abbado turned 80 in June, the only sector of the music world to trumpet his birthday was the record industry:...

  28. August 21, 2013

    Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Usher Hall, Edinburgh – review

    A generation ago the newly formed Chamber Orchestra of Europe presented a cycle of Beethoven symphonies that changed the...

  29. August 15, 2013

    Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble, Usher Hall, Edinburgh – review

    Having founded, polished and honed Les Musiciens du Louvre as the perfect medium for French baroque, the conductor Marc...

  30. FT Photo Diary

    August 7, 2013

    Edinburgh Festival director in the frame

    Danny Lawson/PA Edinburgh International Festival director Sir Jonathan Mills launches the programme for this year’s festival...

  31. August 2, 2013

    The Palestine Strings at the Proms

    Strains of Vivaldi’s Summer concerto escape through the stained-glass windows of a graceful mansion near Jerusalem’s...

  32. June 14, 2013

    Mendelssohn: Symphonies 3 & 4

    Brüggen, a Dutch early music pioneer once familiar to London audiences, has been enjoying a late renaissance with the...

  33. June 2, 2013

    Sir Mervyn surprises with castaway choices

    Sir Mervyn King, departing governor of the Bank of England, displayed an uncharacteristic lack of consistency on Sunday,...

  34. May 19, 2013

    Interview, Neeme Järvi, conductor

    The rehearsal has ended an hour early. The entire orchestra disappears for lunch, and Neeme Järvi, seated in the conductor’s...

  35. May 8, 2013

    Angela Hewitt, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

    By the middle of the last decade Angela Hewitt had recorded very nearly all of Bach’s works for keyboard. Only one remained...

  36. April 18, 2013

    Murray Perahia, Barbican, London – review

    The programme that Murray Perahia chose for this recital offered a tour of his favourite haunts. As a specialist in the...

  37. April 4, 2013

    Cinema reviews: A Late Quartet, Spring Breakers, Thursday Till Sunday and more

    “Quartet” is a dangerous word in a film title. Its aspirations can seem recklessly high (Beethoven, T.S. Eliot) or, after...

  38. March 29, 2013

    Mendelssohn: The Complete Solo Piano Music Vol 1

    The idea behind Shelley’s projected six-volume survey is to promote a reassessment of what has hitherto been one of the most...

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