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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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:...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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,...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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 –...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. May 8, 2010

    Thomas Quasthoff, Carnegie Hall, New York

    Some lied specialists, even great ones, don’t age well. They retain poetic and musical savoir-faire, but expressive problems...

  34. May 1, 2010

    Schubert: Symphonies 8 & 9

    Schubert Symphonies 8 & 9 Thomas Dausgaard(BIS) A pairing as familiar as the “Unfinished” and “Great” C major symphonies...

  35. March 27, 2010

    Measha Brueggergosman: Night & Dreams

    Measha Brueggergosman Night & Dreams Deutsche Grammophon This Canadian soprano has a big, smokey voice that commands...

  36. January 21, 2010

    NY Philharmonic/Gilbert, Hampson, Avery Fisher Hall, New York

    Alan Gilbert conducts Thomas Hampson and the New York Philharmonic The New York Philharmonic tended to be old-school...

  37. December 15, 2009

    Kronos Quartet

    The urge at this time of the year to indulge ourselves with experiences that may not be all that nourishing or healthful...

  38. December 14, 2009

    Kronos Quartet, Hertz Hall, Berkeley, California

    The urge at this time of the year to indulge ourselves with experiences that may not be all that nourishing or healthful...

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