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    1. 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....

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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,...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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