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  1. October 7, 2013

    In C, Barbican, London – review

    It is a rare classical concert that consists of the same substantial piece played twice, back to back. Terry Riley’s In C,...

  2. September 27, 2013

    Graphic scores: lively alternative ways of writing down music

    Music notation is at best a compromise, at worst a lie. In western culture a five-line stave suspending a pattern of dotted...

  1. May 13, 2013

    A Scream and an Outrage, Barbican, London – review

    When Nico Muhly opted to curate a weekend-long festival of new music, in his mind was a “riotous party”, as he put it, for...

  2. February 27, 2013

    Repeating Patterns, Purcell Room, London

    It is fitting that a movement calling itself minimalism should have come out of small beginnings. Speaking in one of the...

  3. January 9, 2013

    Sacre – The Rite of Spring, Carriageworks, Sydney

    Though it pales next to this season’s bicentennial celebrations of Wagner and Verdi, the 100th anniversary of Le sacre du...

  4. January 9, 2013

    Aurora Percussion Duo/Bartosz Glowacki, Purcell Room, London

    Two people sit cross-legged, side by side, each holding a pair of sticks. For six minutes they strike the floor in a series...

  5. May 30, 2012

    Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, Sadler’s Wells, London

    There is no denying the energy of Cuban dancing. The artists of its National Ballet give their all, and more, in the...

  6. March 20, 2012

    Britten Sinfonia, Barbican, London

    A new generation of composers in North America is pushing its way onward and upward. As the old guard of minimalists have...

  7. March 2, 2012

    Richard Alston, Sadler’s Wells, London

    You will travel a long way before finding another choreographer as musically apt and adventurous as Richard Alston. From his...

  8. January 27, 2012

    Beat it

    The numbers alone are astonishing: 200 instruments, 300 sticks, 40 cymbals. Plus the two exotic drums standing expectantly...

  9. January 15, 2012

    Survivor, Barbican Theatre, London

    Imagine gazing up at the Angel of the North as the wind whistles in from the east coast or – on the western side of England...

  10. November 6, 2011

    Scottish Ballet, Sadler’s Wells, London

    Scottish Ballet was in Rosebery Avenue for this performance and also in Jekyll and Hyde mood. A double bill opened with an...

  11. August 27, 2011

    Bombay Bicycle Club: A Different Kind of Fix

    Following the surprise success of Flaws, a beguiling, north London brand of nu-folk, Bombay Bicycle Club embarks on what...

  12. August 12, 2011

    BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

    Where other music festivals focus on one of the year’s musical anniversaries, the sheer size of the BBC Proms means it can...

  13. June 25, 2011

    Steve Reich: Three Movements, The Desert Music

    Steve Reich Three Movements, The Desert Music Kristjan Järvi (Chandos) Steve Reich’s repetitions are an acquired taste on CD...

  14. May 17, 2011

    Kronos Quartet, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

    With the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks coming up soon, the musical world is pondering how it can...

  15. February 15, 2011

    Thomas Adès/London Sinfonietta, City Halls, Glasgow

    When Thomas Adès unveiled his “Piano Concerto with Moving Image” three years ago, he himself conducted the London...

  16. September 17, 2010

    Steve Reich: Double Sextet, 2x5

    Steve Reich Double Sextet, 2x5 eighth blackbird, Bang on a Can(Nonesuch) Like most of Reich’s oeuvre, Double Sextet (2008)...

  17. June 22, 2010

    The National

    People who like The National - which is often, but not always, people who like emotional, male rock - tend to talk about the...

  18. June 21, 2010

    The National, Radio City Music Hall, New York

    Heady drama: The National’s Matt Berninger People who like The National – which is often, but not always, people who like...

  19. February 19, 2010

    Performers with the Reich stuff

    There is no limit to what people may see in their mind's eye as they listen to music. One recent performance of Steve...

  20. February 5, 2010

    Percussionists move into the limelight

    Classical percussionist Colin Currie You could call it a big bang theory. For centuries, percussionists laboured at the back...

  21. January 15, 2010

    A study in miscellany

    “A college tutor of mine once said: ‘Marcus is very eclectic.’ I think that label has always stuck.” With these words Marcus...

  22. January 12, 2010

    So Percussion/ Steve Reich

    If percussionists are, as proclaimed elsewhere, the new princes of the realm of virtuosity, then these four young,...

  23. January 11, 2010

    So Percussion/Steve Reich, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford, California

    If percussionists are, as proclaimed elsewhere, the new princes of the realm of virtuosity, then these four young,...

  24. November 2, 2009

    Portico Quartet/Sweet Billy Pilgrim

    This tour offers two Mercury Prize nominees: both groups have occupied the slot on the shortlist reserved for acts that...

  25. November 1, 2009

    Portico Quartet/Sweet Billy Pilgrim, Anvil, Basingstoke, UK

    This tour offers two Mercury Prize nominees: both groups have occupied the slot on the shortlist reserved for acts that...

  26. October 22, 2009

    Portico Quartet: Isla

    Portico Quartet Isla RealWorld ★★★★☆ At the 2004 WOMAD festival, Duncan Bellamy and Nick Mulvey came across a Hang, a small...

  27. July 6, 2009

    Yesterday's sounds of the future

    A velodrome was a symbolically perfect location for Kraftwerk but it didn't do Steve Reich's first new work in two years...

  28. July 5, 2009

    Yesterday’s sounds of the future

    Steve Reich/ Kraftwerk,Manchester Velodrome A velodrome was a symbolically perfect location for Kraftwerk but it didn’t do...

  29. January 31, 2009

    Classical - Andrew Clark

    Music for Airports/In the Ocean Frank Scheffer Medici Arts This DVD explores the spirit of experiment in late 20th-century...

  30. September 29, 2008

    Fools’ Paradise, Sadler’s Wells, London

    The second programme by Christopher Wheeldon’s Morphoses troupe brought another chance to see his new and freshly ingenious...

  31. August 16, 2008

    Dance - Clement Crisp

    Edinburgh offerings Festival Theatre, Edinburgh The Edinburgh Festival week brings two examples of iconoclastic dance for...

  32. August 9, 2008

    Dance Clement Crisp

    Chinese Acrobats in the Lake Royal Opera House London WC2 Today at 2pm and 7.30pm, and tomorrow at 3pm, you have last...

  33. June 7, 2008

    Offices infused with the buzz of an artistic hive

    Unlike Tokyo and New York, where property developers and cultural promoters have long walked hand-in-hand, a privately...

  34. April 19, 2008

    Classical: Andrew Clark

    Wagner Der Fliegende Holländer Václav Kaslík/Wolfgang Sawallisch Deutsche Grammophon This mid-1970s film, now on DVD for...

  35. April 12, 2008

    Ballet Tech Mandance Project

    As a choreographer, Eliot Feld has always been something of a maverick. From an early career with conventional companies,...

  36. March 22, 2008

    Pop - Richard Clayton

    Yeasayer All Hour Cymbals We Are Free Largely unnoticed last November (though its woozily uplifting standout, "2080", was...

  37. November 3, 2007

    Small Talk - Michael Chabon

    Michael Chabon, 44, rose to literary notoriety aged 25 with the publication of his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh....

  38. November 3, 2007

    Small Talk: Michael Chabon

    Michael Chabon, 44, rose to literary notoriety aged 25 with the publication of his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh....

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