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    1. May 29, 2015

      Glass, Kancheli, et al: New Seasons — review

      Glass, Kancheli, et al New Seasons Gidon Kremer (DG) The minimalists have long had a skilled champion in Gidon Kremer,...

    2. April 30, 2015

      Philip Glass Etudes, Barbican, London — review

      Chopin wrote 24 of them. Czerny regarded them as teaching exercises. Composers over the past century, such as...

    1. April 29, 2015

      The Intimacy of Creativity, Hong Kong City Hall Theatre — review

      Five years ago, the composer Bright Sheng launched an innovative workshop at Hong Kong’s University of Science and...

    2. April 22, 2015

      Dutch National Ballet: Back to Bach, Alexandrinsky Theatre, St Petersburg — review

      Bach may be a favourite with choreographers but the structural complexity and depth of his works mean they face an...

    3. April 3, 2015

      ‘Words Without Music’, by Philip Glass

      It is 1952 and a 15-year-old Philip Glass is on the night train from Baltimore, setting out for life away from home as...

    4. February 22, 2015

      Moving Stateside, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome

      Birmingham Royal Ballet’s latest mixed programme, Moving Stateside, features three works by American choreographers....

    5. February 4, 2015

      Paul/Rigal/ Millepied/Lock, Paris Opera Ballet, Palais Garnier, Paris — review

      With opera house seasons set several years in advance, incoming directors are often faced with the awkward task of...

    6. January 9, 2015

      ‘Minimalism Unwrapped’, Kings Place, London — review

      It must be a surprise for some of the hallowed composers of the medieval era to find themselves rubbing shoulders with...

    7. November 6, 2014

      Leviathan – film review

      Filmmaker Andrei Zvyagintsev is an expert in perfidy and betrayal. He made The Return, The Banishment, Elena , films...

    8. October 20, 2014

      Lucinda Childs, Théâtre de la Ville, Paris – review

      The challenges of preserving dance while choreographic nuances erode over time are nothing new but, seen today, Lucinda...

    9. October 13, 2014

      The Trial, Linbury Studio Theatre, London – review

      The questions sprang from all sides. How would Philip Glass cope with Franz Kafka’s The Trial? Could he do justice to a...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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,...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. December 17, 2012

      Koyaanisqatsi, Barbican, London

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

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. June 22, 2012

      A day in dystopia

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

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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,...

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