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  1. October 11, 2013

    Patrice Chéreau, Wagner pioneer who inspired the opera world

    When Patrice Chéreau, the French director who died this week aged 68, staged his last production in July, few missed the...

  2. 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...

  1. August 10, 2012

    Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie

    Is it surprising that Pierre Boulez, life-long champion of Messiaen, should have consistently shunned Turangalîla? This...

  2. July 2, 2012

    Philharmonic 360, Park Avenue Armory, New York

    America has always loved its wide open spaces. When it comes to concert locales, none is wider and more open – or higher and...

  3. June 11, 2012

    New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

    Understatement: this concert was not a run-of-the-mill presentation by the New York Philharmonic. Dramatically labelled...

  4. February 23, 2012

    LPO/Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall, London

    Can it really be only 75 years since the death of Karol Szymanowski? So infused with exotic mysticism is the Polish...

  5. September 23, 2011

    In the premiere league

    When I first saw Barbara Hannigan she was alone on stage, accompanying herself with a hand-powered flashlight and echoed by...

  6. June 17, 2011

    Daniel Barenboim, Wigmore Hall, London

    It was January 21 1956 when Daniel Barenboim made his debut at Wigmore Hall. The teenage prodigy’s first steps on to the...

  7. June 16, 2011

    Staatskapelle Berlin, Royal Festival Hall, London

    Back in the days when the Royal Opera House used to host solo recitals Daniel Barenboim gave a memorable evening of Liszt...

  8. April 29, 2011

    No easy option

    We are sitting in a courtyard near the Young Vic theatre south of the Thames. The veteran French director Patrice Chéreau...

  9. March 22, 2011

    Death and the Powers, Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston

    Technological wonders go only so far towards achieving results in the opera house. Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers: the...

  10. October 23, 2010

    Ravel: Piano Concertos, Miroirs

    Ravel Piano Concertos, Miroirs Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Pierre Boulez (Deutsche Grammophon) Aimard + Boulez + Ravel =...

  11. September 17, 2010

    Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No 1, Symphony No 3

    Szymanowski Violin Concerto No 1, Symphony No 3 Pierre Boulez(Deutsche Grammophon) Traditionalists may smirk when they see...

  12. September 5, 2010

    Arts around the world

    BerlinMusikfest 2010 ‘Self Portrait’ (c1938) by Adolph Gottlieb The annual Musikfest is now under way, having opened last...

  13. August 13, 2010

    When a writer faces the music

    Donald Rosenberg lost. So did Cleveland. And so did journalism in general and the precarious practice of music criticism in...

  14. July 2, 2010

    Contemporary music’s grand old men

    Never mind the 2012 Olympics. The following year, the world of classical music is facing a marathon celebration: in 2013, a...

  15. June 18, 2010

    Modernism under the oak trees

    With a span of only four days, the Ojai Music Festival might look like a blip on the festival circuit, an event notable as...

  16. June 17, 2010

    Ojai Music Festival, California

    With a span of only four days, the Ojai Music Festival might look like a blip on the festival circuit, an event notable as...

  17. May 18, 2010

    MET Orchestra/ Boulez

    On Saturday, the Metropolitan Opera closed its troubled season with Berg's Lulu , its surprise triumph, in the afternoon and...

  18. May 9, 2010

    Arts around the world

    Artefacts accrued by James Cook are on show in Vienna CannesFestival de Cannes Freak waves may have wreaked havoc on the...

  19. January 4, 2010

    Guide: Arts around the world

    Paris Ballet Béjart Lausanne Four special performances at the Palais Garnier by the Ballet Béjart Lausanne celebrate the...

  20. November 17, 2009

    From the House of the Dead

    It was not a typical night at the Met. The audience, younger than usual, did not - could not - applaud any hit tunes. The...

  21. November 16, 2009

    From the House of the Dead, Metropolitan Opera, New York

    It was not a typical night at the Met. The audience, younger than usual, did not – could not – applaud any hit tunes. The...

  22. September 23, 2009

    Henri Dutilleux

    Beside his native Russian repertoire, the music Valery Gergiev sounds most at home with is French - though even here his...

  23. September 22, 2009

    Henri Dutilleux, Barbican, London

    Beside his native Russian repertoire, the music Valery Gergiev sounds most at home with is French – though even here his...

  24. May 18, 2009

    Staatskapelle Berlin/Boulez, Carnegie Hall, New York

    That sound you hear must be Leonard Bernstein rattling in his grave. It was Bernstein, after all, who trained New York to...

  25. May 11, 2009

    Staatskapelle Berlin/ Barenboim, Carnegie Hall, NY

    New York is going Mahler mad. Daniel Barenboim, with some crucial help from Pierre Boulez, is surveying all 10 of the...

  26. February 10, 2009

    Tristan Murail

    Is the nature of sound itself enough to make a satisfying piece of music? The question popped up repeatedly during a day...

  27. February 9, 2009

    Tristan Murail, Barbican, London

    Is the nature of sound itself enough to make a satisfying piece of music? The question popped up repeatedly during a day...

  28. December 15, 2008

    Boulez, Messiaen and Carter, Southbank Centre, London

    It has become a familiar ritual. Pierre Boulez, pope of modernism, crosses the Channel to preach the gospel of whatever...

  29. December 15, 2008

    The pope of modernism and his faithful flock

    It has become a familiar ritual. Pierre Boulez, pope of modernism, crosses the Channel to preach the gospel of whatever...

  30. December 10, 2008

    Ursula Oppens, Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco

    It did not seem anti-climactic for San Francisco Performances, the city’s leading presenting organisation, to wind up its...

  31. December 6, 2008

    A matter of time

    Classical music is full of dead composers, most of whom are fêted more than their living counterparts. But the American...

  32. September 29, 2008

    Maazel and Predecessors, Avery Fisher Hall, New York

    Summer is over, tours are finished, and the New York Philharmonic has come home. A new season dawns, but the business at...

  33. September 8, 2008

    Lucerne Festival Academy Ensemble, Lucerne Salle

    Five years ago the Lucerne Festival set up the Lucerne Festival Academy, a total immersion programme for young musicians in...

  34. August 25, 2008

    Osud

    Was it only 70 years ago that Czechoslovakia was "a far away country of which we know little"? How things have changed, and...

  35. August 24, 2008

    Osud, BBC Proms

    Was it only 70 years ago that Czechoslovakia was “a far away country of which we know little”? How things have changed, and...

  36. August 19, 2008

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    At the age of 83, Pierre Boulez seems to have found a new musical enthusiasm. Having recently performed Janácek's From the...

  37. August 18, 2008

    BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Proms

    At the age of 83, Pierre Boulez seems to have found a new musical enthusiasm. Having recently performed Janáček’s From the...

  38. August 16, 2008

    TV choice - Martin Hoyle

    As ever, British Eurosport is the channel for wall-to-wall Olympics, or themes related thereto, from 6.00am (Saturday) and...

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