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    1. July 2, 2015

      Montpellier Danse 2015, Montpellier, France — review

      It’s not often the south of France provides a respite from the kind of heat that engulfed London and Paris this week,...

    2. June 1, 2015

      New Century Chamber Orchestra, First Congregational Church, Berkeley, USA — review

      Every sophisticated, self-respecting musical community needs a chamber orchestra of distinction, and after two decades,...

    1. May 31, 2015

      Daniel Barenboim, Royal Festival Hall, London — review

      This evening on the South Bank was noteworthy by any standards. Not only was one of the world’s most revered musicians...

    2. May 11, 2015

      New York Philharmonic / Eötvös, Avery Fisher Hall, New York — review

      Alan Gilbert may not be the flashiest or most egocentric conductor in the business, but he has been a consistently...

    3. May 8, 2015

      Franz Schubert: Sonatas, Impromptus, Moments Musicaux — review

      Franz Schubert Sonatas, Impromptus, Moments Musicaux András Schiff (ECM New Series) The booklet essay is entitled...

    4. April 29, 2015

      New World Symphony/Tilson Thomas, Mutter, Carnegie Hall, New York — review

      The New World Symphony, a wonderful collection of youthful musicians training for symphonic careers, brought a long,...

    5. March 17, 2015

      Ireland’s recovery spreads beyond Dublin

      Karlo Schubert is so enamoured of Ireland that he is giving the benefit of the doubt even to the weather. As rain...

    6. February 19, 2015

      Pavel Haas Quartet, Wigmore Hall, London — review

      Even within central Europe there are distinctive musical accents. The Pavel Haas Quartet excels in composers from...

    7. January 12, 2015

      Deutsches Symphonie Orchester/Roger Norrington, Philharmonie, Berlin — review

      When the public broke that first law of concert-hall etiquette by launching into thunderous applause between movements...

    8. January 2, 2015

      ‘Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession’, by Ian Bostridge

      Tears can be cathartic. They help us process extreme happiness or sadness. But a tearless response can be equally...

    9. November 28, 2014

      Schubert: Winterreise – review

      Schubert Winterreise Matthias Goerne (Harmonia Mundi) Matthias Goerne’s series of discs of Schubert songs for Harmonia...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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,...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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....

    23. 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...

    24. 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,...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. August 16, 2013

      Schubert: Winterreise

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

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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,...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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