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    1. July 6, 2015

      The Monster in the Maze, Barbican, London — review

      The UK premiere of Jonathan Dove’s new children’s opera could hardly have whipped up a bigger frenzy, even without the...

    2. July 5, 2015

      London Symphony Orchestra/Rattle, Barbican, London — review

      This was Simon Rattle’s first concert with the London Symphony Orchestra since confirmation of his appointment as music...

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    1. The World 2012

      Confronting an age of austerity...
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    1. July 1, 2015

      The Berlin Philharmonic orchestra finds harmony in democracy

      The Berlin Philharmonic’s choice of Kirill Petrenko as its next chief conductor, succeeding Sir Simon Rattle, is less...

    2. June 22, 2015

      Kirill Petrenko succeeds Sir Simon Rattle at Berlin Philharmonic

      Kirill Petrenko has been named as the new chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, succeeding Sir Simon Rattle in...

    3. May 14, 2015

      Berliner’s musicians orchestrate an end to autocracy

      It was like waiting for a new pope; but there was no white smoke. When the Berlin Philharmonic failed to choose a new...

    4. May 12, 2015

      Berlin Philharmonic in discord over Sir Simon Rattle successor

      The classical music world’s most prestigious job is still up for grabs after musicians at the Berlin Philharmonic...

    5. April 26, 2015

      London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London — review

      Pierre Boulez’s health sadly is not strong enough for him to visit the UK for the events marking his 90th birthday....

    6. April 23, 2015

      Sinatra and Cocker add to Proms’ eclectic mix

      Frank Sinatra will share an evening with Mozart and Stravinsky at this year’s BBC Proms, while Jarvis Cocker will...

    7. March 30, 2015

      Der Rosenkavalier, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden — review

      For the central opera of its third Easter Festival in Baden-Baden, the Berlin Philharmonic has all its ducks in a row....

    8. March 6, 2015

      Simon Rattle, lightning conductor

      It was like the tempestuous end of one love affair, and the beginning of another. When Sir Simon Rattle left Birmingham...

    9. March 3, 2015

      Sir Simon Rattle to take up baton for London Symphony Orchestra

      Sir Simon Rattle is to return to the UK as musical director of the London Symphony Orchestra, ending speculation over...

    10. February 20, 2015

      Chancellor backs mayor of London’s vision of the future

      George Osborne and Boris Johnson have sketched out an ambitious housebuilding and infrastructure programme for London...

    11. February 20, 2015

      Government backs new London concert hall

      The proposal for a world-class concert hall in London has taken on new life since Sir Simon Rattle, its biggest...

    12. February 11, 2015

      Berlin Philharmonic/ Rattle, Barbican, London — review

      The UK election campaign may seem drawn out, but it is nothing compared with the musical world. Simon Rattle announced...

    13. January 18, 2015

      London Symphony Orchestra/Rattle, Barbican, London — review

      Will he or won’t he? The wait to find out whether Simon Rattle will become the next principal conductor of the London...

    14. January 9, 2015

      Upcoming concerts and festivals

      Die Antwoord, January 17, O2 Academy Brixton, then touring Conceived as a semi-satirical view of South Africa’s white...

    15. December 30, 2014

      Silvesterkonzert, Philharmonie, Berlin — review

      Simon Rattle’s New Year’s Eve concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic always mix obligatory favourites with a few...

    16. December 21, 2014

      Jörg Widmann’s Trauermarsch for Piano and Orchestra, Philharmonie, Berlin — review

      A piano soliloquy evoking Schumann ceded to a procession of dry string attacks and inescapable cacophony, a power...

    17. September 8, 2014

      Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

      One could hear the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra a hundred times and still marvel at its beefy sound, the precision of...

    18. 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...

    19. June 1, 2014

      Dialogues des Carmélites, Royal Opera House, London – review

      Just over 30 years ago, when Poulenc’s opera was last given at Covent Garden, the great French soprano Régine Crespin –...

    20. May 7, 2014

      OAE/Rattle, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

      The wonder of creation is not its complexity or mystery, but its simplicity. That, at least, is what Haydn seems to be...

    21. January 28, 2014

      Katja Kabanowa, Staatsoper Berlin, Schiller Theater – review

      No matter how bad your mother-in-law is, Katja Kabanova’s is worse. Janáček can do vindictive old women like nobody...

    22. December 30, 2013

      Silvesterkonzert, Philharmonie, Berlin – review

      Chuck Norris trumps Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Volvo truck splits feat in a wonderful new spoof on YouTube featuring two...

    23. December 9, 2013

      in vain, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London – review

      The number of standout events featuring the London Sinfonietta has dwindled in recent years as the number of other...

    24. March 29, 2013

      Die Zauberflöte, Easter Festival, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

      Where do they all come from? The Berliner Philharmoniker has not brought its audience with it from Salzburg. The...

    25. February 20, 2013

      Interview 1: From finance to music

      It took 40 years for David John Pike to recognise that what he really wanted to do was sing for a living. But it has...

    26. January 14, 2013

      London Schools Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London

      It was a shame that the faces in the orchestra were so glum. Inviting the ebullient Austrian composer H.K. Gruber to...

    27. January 1, 2013

      New Year’s Eve Concert, Philharmonie, Berlin

      The Berliner Philharmoniker’s traditional New Year’s Eve concert is more than just a concert. It is also a fixture on...

    28. December 23, 2012

      All the best: Mahler symphonies

      We live in an era of unsurpassed richness for Mahler interpretation. A quarter of a century ago, there was no shortage...

    29. October 26, 2012

      Magdalena Kozená: Love and Longing; Dvorák: Symphony No 9, Cello Concerto

      Singing in her native Czech, Kozená transmits a soulfulness that she rarely summons in other repertoire. It’s a...

    30. September 3, 2012

      Berlin Philharmonic/Rattle, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

      At first glance the programme appeared luxuriously varied – disparate almost – the sort of showy tour de force to be...

    31. August 17, 2012

      Bizet: Carmen

      Recorded in April after concert and stage performances in Berlin and Salzburg, this studio recording of Bizet’s opera...

    32. July 20, 2012

      Notes on identity

      Soul Music: the Pulse of Race and Music, by Candace Allen, Gibson Square, RRP£11.99, 192 pages Is there such a thing as...

    33. June 18, 2012

      Vienna Philharmonic/Rattle, Barbican, London

      The Simon Rattle brand has become so identified with Berlin that it came as a surprise to find him billed as conductor...

    34. January 24, 2012

      Arts: Culture will remain at the heart of work and play

      It is a sign of the times that the premier cultural event of 2012 is linked to another field of human endeavour...

    35. January 2, 2012

      Berlin Philharmonic/ Rattle/Kissin, Philharmonie Berlin

      Imagine balancing a truck on your fingertip. Something of that feeling was there when Simon Rattle launched himself...

    36. November 5, 2011

      Mahler: Symphony No 6

      More Mahler, more invidious choices. Unless you are a believer in only one way of doing things, which negates the very...

    37. 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...

    38. August 6, 2011

      Schoenberg: Orchestral works

      The raison d’être for this CD is Schoenberg’s celebrated orchestration of Brahms’s Piano Quartet No 1, for which the...

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