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  1. January 27, 2014

    Visitors, Sydney Concert Hall – review

    Some 30 years ago, Godfrey Reggio’s first feature film, a virtuoso display of time- lapse landscapes both natural and...

  2. November 11, 2013

    Music in Twelve Parts, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

    Can you liken Philip Glass’s Music in Twelve Parts to Wagner’s Ring Cycle? Jude Kelly, artistic director of the Southbank...

  1. October 7, 2013

    In C, Barbican, London – review

    It is a rare classical concert that consists of the same substantial piece played twice, back to back. Terry Riley’s In C,...

  2. August 15, 2013

    Film reviews: Kick-Ass 2, 2 Guns, Planes, When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun, Call Girl, Kuma and Bachelorette

    Jim Carrey recently denounced Kick-Ass 2, sequel to the incredibly successful part-British film about ordinary American...

  3. August 5, 2013

    BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall/Cadogan Hall, London

    With major new works by Thomas Adès and Philip Glass already under its belt, this year’s Proms season has been giving more...

  4. June 21, 2013

    Premiere league

    Four hours after my meeting with Pierre Audi, a new production of Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg is opening a few hundred...

  5. June 4, 2013

    The Perfect American, Coliseum, London – review

    Part of the problem is that English National Opera has spoiled us for Philip Glass operas. The company’s production of...

  6. May 30, 2013

    Justin Peck premiere, Lincoln Center, New York – review

    On Wednesday night, New York City Ballet slashed ticket prices to $29 throughout the house, so two-thirds of the audience –...

  7. May 13, 2013

    A Scream and an Outrage, Barbican, London – review

    When Nico Muhly opted to curate a weekend-long festival of new music, in his mind was a “riotous party”, as he put it, for...

  8. April 15, 2013

    Spuren der Verirrten, Musiktheater, Linz – review

    “That was the hour when it all began,” Adolf Hitler told Winifred Wagner in 1939. He was recalling the first time he heard...

  9. January 25, 2013

    The not-so-wonderful world of Walt Disney

    The title of Philip Glass’s new opera on the life of Walt Disney, The Perfect American, is drenched in irony. The portrait...

  10. January 9, 2013

    Sacre – The Rite of Spring, Carriageworks, Sydney

    Though it pales next to this season’s bicentennial celebrations of Wagner and Verdi, the 100th anniversary of Le sacre du...

  11. December 17, 2012

    Koyaanisqatsi, Barbican, London

    It would be easy for modern audiences to dismiss Koyaanisqatsi. When this feature film, a seven-year collaboration between...

  12. October 17, 2012

    Suzanne Vega, Barbican, London

    “I’m sorry to remind you,” teased Suzanne Vega, “that it’s been 25 years.” Aficionados will remember her early appearances...

  13. September 28, 2012

    The attraction of opposites

    The Palazzo Madama in Turin is one of the most historically resonant buildings in the north of Italy: originally a Roman...

  14. September 21, 2012

    Pop music’s heart of Glass

    Here is a joke from one of my colleagues when we were talking recently about the future of classical music: “Have you heard...

  15. August 12, 2012

    Glass’s 10th Symphony, Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence

    Enough composers – Beethoven, Mahler and, if you ignore the small print, Dvorak, Schubert, Bruckner and Vaughan Williams –...

  16. June 22, 2012

    A day in dystopia

    In anticipation of the Olympics, that celebration of superhuman achievement, London’s performing arts season has been marked...

  17. May 7, 2012

    Einstein on the Beach, Barbican, London

    Somehow the event felt symbolic. It has taken over 35 years for Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach to arrive in London and...

  18. November 5, 2011

    Small talk: Anthony Horowitz

    Anthony Horowitz, 55, has published more than 50 books and written for television, film and the theatre. His books include...

  19. September 7, 2011

    The Tempest, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

    In so many ways, Trevor Nunn’s production could have been staged a century ago. There are occasional modern video-projection...

  20. August 10, 2011

    Cabrillo Festival, Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, California

    With the admonishment that “I think we can let this go now”, Marin Alsop banished the emissaries bearing gushing tributes on...

  21. July 23, 2011

    Pictures with rhythm

    In the years since its release in 1982, Koyaanisqatsi’s strange allure has been sustained by ritual screenings in two...

  22. July 22, 2011

    New Zealand Ballet, Barbican, London

    For a visiting ballet troupe to present a programme boasting one unsuitable work argues a misreading of local taste. To...

  23. April 1, 2011

    Piccard in Space, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

    If opera is defined as a story rendered larger than life through singers, orchestra and staging, anybody with the means can...

  24. April 1, 2011

    Piccard in Space, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

    If opera is defined as a story rendered larger than life through singers, orchestra and staging, anybody with the means can...

  25. June 22, 2010

    The National

    People who like The National - which is often, but not always, people who like emotional, male rock - tend to talk about the...

  26. June 21, 2010

    The National, Radio City Music Hall, New York

    Heady drama: The National’s Matt Berninger People who like The National – which is often, but not always, people who like...

  27. April 16, 2010

    Top film directors tackle opera for ENO

    Two of Britain's leading filmmakers are to direct operas for the first time for English National Opera's new season, which...

  28. March 1, 2010

    Satyagraha

    Take a deep breath and prepare for an evening of meditation. Philip Glass's Satyagraha is back in town, providing a repeat...

  29. December 4, 2009

    20 questions: Guy Hands, Chairman, Terra Firma

    'Relaxing - I do so only rarely' Guy Hands is chairman and chief investment officer of Terra Firma, the UK-based private...

  30. December 3, 2009

    20 questions: Guy Hands

    Guy Hands is chairman and chief investment officer of Terra Firma, the UK-based private equity group. He started his career...

  31. August 21, 2009

    Grizzly Bear

    You might expect a US band called Grizzly Bear to be unreconstructed rockers with beards, barrel chests and a rider...

  32. August 20, 2009

    Grizzly Bear, Koko, London

    You might expect a US band called Grizzly Bear to be unreconstructed rockers with beards, barrel chests and a rider...

  33. August 14, 2009

    BBC Proms

    The BBC Proms' Handel anniversary celebrations come to a climax in the final week with a giant performance of Messiah . In...

  34. August 13, 2009

    BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

    The BBC Proms’ Handel anniversary celebrations come to a climax in the final week with a giant performance of Messiah. In...

  35. April 13, 2009

    Dan Zanes and Friends

    It is common for rock musicians to claim to be "doing it for the kids" but few mean it as literally as Dan Zanes. The...

  36. April 12, 2009

    Dan Zanes and Friends, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

    It is common for rock musicians to claim to be “doing it for the kids” but few mean it as literally as Dan Zanes. The...

  37. February 7, 2009

    World - David Honigmann

    Griselda Sanderson Harpaphonics Waulk The Scottish violinist Gris Sanderson has developed a passion for the nyckelharpa, a...

  38. January 31, 2009

    Classical - Andrew Clark

    Music for Airports/In the Ocean Frank Scheffer Medici Arts This DVD explores the spirit of experiment in late 20th-century...

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