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    1. August 26, 2014

      Lucerne Festival, KKL Concert Hall, Lucerne, Switzerland – review

      Tie yourself to the mast. A siren, all wafting textiles, flying blonde tresses and eerie high notes, is careening down the...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. August 10, 2012

      Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie

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

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. October 23, 2010

      Ravel: Piano Concertos, Miroirs

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

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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