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    1. November 12, 2014

      Winterreise/Goerne, Alice Tully Hall, New York – review

      Gilding the old lily is bad enough. At Lincoln Center on Tuesday, as part of the vaunted White Light Festival, they gilded...

    2. October 31, 2014

      The Slow Lane: Common censorship

      A couple of months ago, preparing a broadcast discussion on Schubert and Mahler, I was amazed to discover the extent of...

    1. October 29, 2014

      Arcadi Volodos, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

      Many of today’s younger pianists tend to fall into one of two broad groups: the clinical perfectionists and the flashy...

    2. October 28, 2014

      Huang Tzu Anniversary Concert, Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing – review

      Those who call Huang Tzu (1904-1938) the Schubert of China have a couple of points in their favour: first, Huang’s penchant...

    3. October 24, 2014

      Mozart, Schubert, Stravinsky: Piano Duos – review

      Mozart, Schubert, Stravinsky Piano Duos Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim (DG) Recorded live in Berlin earlier this year,...

    4. October 3, 2014

      The Oxford Lieder Festival’s Schubert Project

      Now it seems almost unbelievable to look back to the 1960s when Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, the leading song recitalist of his...

    5. August 15, 2014

      Schubert: Piano Sonatas – review

      Daniel Barenboim made his name as a piano prodigy, but his gifts at the keyboard were long ago eclipsed by his emergence as...

    6. June 24, 2014

      Winterreise, Aldeburgh Festival, Suffolk, UK – review

      In video footage shot in 1968, Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears perform excerpts from Winterreise, Schubert’s 1828 song...

    7. June 11, 2014

      Evgeny Kissin, Barbican, London – review

      Some pianists rush onstage with gladiatorial determination. Evgeny Kissin is not one of them. He walks on stiffly, mouth...

    8. April 4, 2014

      The hotel that lost its composer – and loos with the best views

      It is gratifying for me to discover that quite a few readers have contacted me via FT.com to comment about my observations...

    9. February 25, 2014

      Richard Goode, Wigmore Hall, London – review

      Less than a week after Maurizio Pollini played Book 1 of Debussy’s Préludes at the Royal Festival Hall, here was Richard...

    10. December 19, 2013

      Simon Keenlyside, Barbican, London – review

      It can be refreshing to find arts events that are not loaded down with Christmas tinsel at this time of year, though not...

    11. November 18, 2013

      Wolfgang Holzmair, Wigmore Hall, London – review

      It was Wolfgang Holzmair’s success at his Wigmore Hall debut in 1989 that lifted his career to an international level. He...

    12. September 12, 2013

      Nelson Goerner, Wigmore Hall, London – review

      The Wigmore’s claim to present “the finest artists in the chamber music world” is no idle boast, but it is in the nature of...

    13. August 30, 2013

      Schubert: Symphonies 3 & 4

      Uncork the fizz: this is Schubert as never heard in modern times. The symphonies were crying out for a period makeover, but...

    14. August 28, 2013

      All the best: Winterreise

      Schubert virtually invented the song-cycle as an art form. With Winterreise he also perfected it. He had a precedent in...

    15. August 22, 2013

      All the best: Claudio Abbado

      When Claudio Abbado turned 80 in June, the only sector of the music world to trumpet his birthday was the record industry:...

    16. August 16, 2013

      Schubert: Winterreise

      Prégardien, a tenor specialising in Lieder, comes to Schubert’s song-cycle with the benefit of long experience. Diction and...

    17. August 15, 2013

      Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble, Usher Hall, Edinburgh – review

      Having founded, polished and honed Les Musiciens du Louvre as the perfect medium for French baroque, the conductor Marc...

    18. April 28, 2013

      Swedish Chamber Orchestra/Nina Stemme, Alice Tully Hall, New York – review

      Nina Stemme is widely, also justly, celebrated as the leading Wagner heroine of our day. For some reason, however, New York...

    19. April 18, 2013

      Murray Perahia, Barbican, London – review

      The programme that Murray Perahia chose for this recital offered a tour of his favourite haunts. As a specialist in the...

    20. April 5, 2013

      Schubert: Winterreise

      This is a Winterreise like no other – not because the song-cycle is considered men’s territory (Christa Ludwig and Brigitte...

    21. March 20, 2013

      Stephen Kovacevich, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London – review

      This recital was strangely hit-or-miss, often literally so. A programme of Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms might be...

    22. February 15, 2013

      Schubert: Erlkönig and other songs

      Goerne’s latest Schubert recital, partnered by Andreas Haefliger, may not be the most substantial in terms of repertoire,...

    23. February 8, 2013

      Schubert: Piano Sonatas 16 and 21

      The Portuguese pianist’s admirers will need no encouragement to sample this pairing of Schubert’s two greatest sonatas, and...

    24. January 11, 2013

      Warsaw pact

      The thing about being Polish, says pianist Janina Fialkowska, is that you only need a drop of Polish blood “to have this...

    25. January 1, 2013

      Doric String Quartet, Wigmore Hall, London

      Staying power is crucial in the world of string quartets. The supply of first-class players far outstrips demand and it is a...

    26. December 21, 2012

      Christian Gerhaher: Romantic Arias

      Gerhaher’s many admirers will need no encouragement to buy his latest disc, but he has less to say in 19th century opera...

    27. August 17, 2012

      Schubert: Symphonies 3 & 4

      Having won across-the-board praise for his Beethoven and Mahler cycles, Zinman now turns to Schubert, where there is less...

    28. 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 –...

    29. August 1, 2012

      Ariadne auf Naxos/Orchestra Mozart Bologna, Salzburg Festival

      It is 100 years since the disastrous premiere of Ariadne auf Naxos. The third collaboration between Richard Strauss and his...

    30. October 22, 2011

      Christopher Maltman/Graham Johnson: Schubert – Winterreise

      Maltman never gives a less than intelligent performance, and he skillfully dramatizes Schubert’s great song-cycle. It...

    31. September 23, 2011

      Christian Gerhaher, Wigmore Hall, London

      There has long been an interpretative divide in Schubert’s three great song-cycles between those who dramatise the material...

    32. July 23, 2011

      Franz Schubert: Symphonies 8 and 9

      Carlo Maria Giulini’s temperament, a combination of Mediterranean warmth and asceticism, was well attuned to Schubert’s last...

    33. April 23, 2011

      The Beecham Collection: Works by Wagner, Delius and Schubert

      The Beecham Collection Works by Wagner, Delius and Schubert (Somm) Sir Thomas Beecham’s performances with the Royal...

    34. December 21, 2010

      Three Pianos, New York Theatre Workshop, New York

      I don’t drink. I issue this confession because free wine is dispensed at Three Pianos, a loose, lively interpretation of...

    35. November 26, 2010

      Schubert: Winterreise; The Queen’s Music: Italian vocal duets and trios

      Schubert Winterreise Peter Harvey (Linn) The Queen’s Music Italian vocal duets and trios Emma Kirkby, Susanne Rydén, Peter...

    36. August 3, 2010

      Barber on the Barge, New York

      Sympathetic: Marc Peloquin This was magical. Please pardon the purple prose.  Magical is a word best handled with critical...

    37. July 24, 2010

      Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin

      Schubert Die schöne Müllerin Mark Padmore/Paul Lewis(Harmonia Mundi) Padmore is a thoughtful recitalist, but his Britten-ish...

    38. June 12, 2010

      Mendelssohn/Schubert: Piano Trios

      Mendelssohn/Schubert Piano Trios Smetana Trio (Supraphon) Along with Beethoven’s “Archduke” Trio, the Mendelssohn Trio No 1...

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