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    1. October 17, 2014

      Offenbach: Fantasio – review

      Offenbach Fantasio Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Opera Rara) A labour of love, this recording painstakingly...

    2. July 18, 2014

      La traviata, Glyndebourne, East Sussex, UK – review

      Glyndebourne’s got talent. Or rather, the privately funded opera company on the Sussex Downs has unearthed an unusually...

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    1. November 3, 2013

      Wozzeck, Royal Opera House, London – review

      After first-rate revivals of Le nozze di Figaro and Elektra to start the Royal Opera season, here comes another. It is...

    2. August 27, 2013

      BBC Proms: Parsifal, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

      The series of Wagner operas marking the composer’s bicentenary has been the defining feature of this year’s BBC Proms. The...

    3. August 23, 2013

      Holst/Delius: The Hymn of Jesus, Sea Drift, Cynara

      Drawing on texts from the Apocrypha, The Hymn of Jesus is less a Christian meditation, more a mystical experience. Composed...

    4. June 28, 2013

      Sibelius: Symphony No 2, Pohjola’s Daughter, The Oceanides

      Sibelius has a long pedigree in Manchester, home to the Hallé. The orchestra gave the UK premiere of the Second Symphony in...

    5. May 20, 2013

      Glyndebourne Festival, East Sussex, UK – review

      Starting an opera festival in the Great Depression must have been an act of faith. It was 1934 when John Christie took the...

    6. April 12, 2013

      Vaughan Williams: Symphonies 5 and 8

      Neglected in London, the Vaughan Williams symphonies still have champions elsewhere in the UK – no more so than Manchester,...

    7. January 11, 2013

      Britten: The Rape of Lucretia; Billy Budd

      Of Britten’s mature operas The Rape of Lucretia has traditionally been seen as the most “difficult”, on account of its arch...

    8. September 14, 2012

      Elgar: The Apostles

      Elgar’s serene oratorio tells how the Apostles were called and how they reacted to Christ’s preaching, crucifixion and...

    9. May 11, 2012

      World class

      These were no ordinary auditions. Hundreds of hopeful young musicians from all over the world commandeered kitchens,...

    10. March 26, 2012

      The Discovery of Heaven, Royal Festival Hall, London

      It is hard to think of any work in the modern orchestral canon with a title as appetising as Julian Anderson’s new 25-minute...

    11. March 5, 2012

      Quality of life: A world of culture on your doorstep

      The city’s marketing operation rarely misses a chance to boast, but with a thriving city centre, attractive suburbs, and...

    12. January 2, 2012

      Ctrl-Alt-Concerto

      In 2006, during the traditional speech that follows the Last Night of the Proms, the conductor Mark Elder bemoaned the...

    13. November 26, 2011

      Donizetti: Maria Di Rohan

      A compact drama in which fast-moving public events give a dynamic edge to private dilemmas, Donizetti’s “Maria di Rohan”...

    14. October 22, 2011

      Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony, Oboe Concerto

      Since the death of Richard Hickox two years ago, Vaughan Williams has lacked an effective champion. On the basis of this...

    15. July 16, 2011

      Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix

      Donizetti’s three-act opera semiseria (1842) was one of his late successes, but its naïve, far-fetched plot – about a sweet...

    16. April 19, 2011

      The Tsar’s Bride, Royal Opera House, London

      Marina Poplavskaya and Jurgita Adamonyte Here was a happy chance. Just as William and Kate are polishing their shoes and...

    17. March 31, 2011

      Fidelio, Royal Opera House

      On the morning of this performance news reports carried a distressing story about an atrocity meted out by government forces...

    18. February 25, 2011

      New traditionalist

      When Helen Grime wrote her first work for large orchestra a few years ago, she ended up with a piece lasting just five...

    19. December 17, 2010

      Elgar: Violin Concerto

      Elgar Violin Concerto Tasmin Little (Chandos) The Elgar Violin Concerto has had a good year on CD. First came Nikolaj...

    20. November 21, 2010

      Adriana Lecouvreur, Royal Opera House, London

      Recession? What recession? Anyone attending this show may wonder which planet Covent Garden is living on. When everyone else...

    21. October 23, 2010

      Elgar: The Kingdom

      Elgar The Kingdom Mark Elder (Hallé, 2 CDs) Unlike The Dream of Gerontius, Elgar’s The Kingdom and its companion piece, The...

    22. July 17, 2010

      Debussy: The Debussy Preludes

      Debussy The Debussy Preludes Colin Matthews Mark Elder(Hallé, 2 CDs) Debussy’s Preludes for piano – two books of 12 each –...

    23. May 17, 2010

      Guide: Arts around the world

      Glyndebourne UKBilly BuddGlyndebourne's first staging of Britten's 1951 all-male opera opens on Thursday. The libretto,...

    24. May 16, 2010

      Arts around the world

      Glyndebourne UKBilly Budd Caillebotte’s ‘The Floor Scrapers’ on show in San Francisco Glyndebourne’s first staging of...

    25. May 15, 2010

      Dvorák: Rusalka, Wagner: Götterdämmerung

      Dvorák Rusalka Jirí BelohlávekGlyndebourne Festival Opera (3 CDs) Wagner Götterdämmerung Mark ElderHallé (5 CDs) On the...

    26. December 11, 2009

      Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

      The bicentenary of Haydn's death has brought a mixed bag of tributes. A long life and industrious attitude meant that Haydn...

    27. December 10, 2009

      Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Festival Hall, London

      The bicentenary of Haydn’s death has brought a mixed bag of tributes. A long life and industrious attitude meant that Haydn...

    28. November 27, 2009

      The Dream of Gerontius

      Elgar is out of fashion in England. None of the London orchestras' principal conductors has the remotest interest. Aside...

    29. November 26, 2009

      The Dream of Gerontius, Royal Festival Hall, London

      Elgar is out of fashion in England. None of the London orchestras’ principal conductors has the remotest interest. Aside...

    30. November 9, 2009

      Maria di Rohan

      Opera Rara, founded in 1970, has been at the forefront of the rediscovery of forgotten operas for four decades. With its...

    31. November 8, 2009

      Maria di Rohan, Royal Festival Hall, London

      Opera Rara, founded in 1970, has been at the forefront of the rediscovery of forgotten operas for four decades. With its...

    32. July 27, 2009

      King Roger, Bregenz Festival, Austria

      Voluptuous doesn’t even begin to cover it. Szymanowski’s King Roger is so full of aural excess that it’s almost orgiastic....

    33. January 27, 2009

      London Philharmonic Orchestra

      There is a surfeit of musical anniversaries in 2009. When concert promoters are not filling their schedules from the...

    34. January 26, 2009

      London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

      There is a surfeit of musical anniversaries in 2009. When concert promoters are not filling their schedules from the...

    35. January 11, 2009

      Alice Coote, Wigmore Hall, London

      In the period while the Royal Festival Hall was closed for refurbishment, its resident orchestras became nomads, travelling...

    36. November 15, 2008

      Classical - Andrew Clark

      Shostakovich Symphony No 4 Bernard Haitink CSO Resound Shostakovich Symphony No 10 Bernard Haitink London Philharmonic...

    37. November 12, 2008

      Elektra

      In 2003, when this production was new, the Iraq war was just starting. Now, five years on, the picture it shows of the...

    38. November 11, 2008

      Elektra, Royal Opera House, London

      In 2003, when this production was new, the Iraq war was just starting. Now, five years on, the picture it shows of the...

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