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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...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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,...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. May 11, 2012

    World class

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

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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”...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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 –...

  21. 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,...

  22. 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...

  23. May 15, 2010

    Dvorák: Rusalka, Wagner: Götterdämmerung

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

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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....

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. November 15, 2008

    Classical - Andrew Clark

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

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. August 2, 2008

    BBC Proms

    Having recaptured its flair of old, the Hallé orchestra is celebrating its 150th anniversary in style. With music director...

  38. August 2, 2008

    TV choice - Martin Hoyle

    The BBC pays a rare visit to the world's greatest music festival - which it subsidises but seems curiously modest about -...

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