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    1. September 12, 2014

      Mozart: Quartets Dedicated to Haydn – review

      What would we give to be a fly on the wall at Mozart’s home in Vienna early in 1785 when Haydn arrived to hear the set of...

    2. May 19, 2014

      Così fan tutte, Coliseum, London – review

      If you want a symbolic setting for a comedy about love and deception, a fairground is not a bad place to look. The tunnel of...

    1. May 6, 2014

      Jiří Kylián evening, Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre, Moscow – review

      Russian ballet has been slow to open itself up to new influences since the fall of the USSR. By 2010, local companies had...

    2. April 30, 2014

      La Clemenza di Tito, Opéra national de Lorraine, Nancy, France – review

      Left on the shelf until it was rescued from oblivion for the Salzburg festival in 1949, Mozart’s last opera has since been...

    3. 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...

    4. March 21, 2014

      Obituary: Gerard Mortier, arts administrator, 1943-2014

      If he were to have an epitaph, Gerard Mortier once said, his preference would be to parody the Marschallin’s line at the end...

    5. February 14, 2014

      Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro

      In an interview accompanying this new Mozart recording, the start of a Da Ponte trilogy for Sony, Currentzis declares his...

    6. February 12, 2014

      La clemenza di Tito, National Theatre, Munich – review

      With her vast yellow skirts and Marge Simpson wig, Vitellia looks more like a toilet roll holder doll than a woman spurned....

    7. February 7, 2014

      Social network of the damned

      Hell is other people, wrote a famous French philosopher, who proceeded to hang out in crowded cafés all day long to show off...

    8. January 31, 2014

      Mozart: Concert Arias

      It’s still unclear whether the vocal problems that grounded Villazón’s operatic career three years ago were physical or...

    9. January 20, 2014

      Haffner Wind Ensemble, Kings Place, London – review

      For the past few years Kings Place has put a year-long thematic series at the heart of its music programming. So far each...

    10. January 10, 2014

      Saul Zaentz, film and music mogul, 1921-2014

      No one, a wag once said of the producer Saul Zaentz, “was better at taking care of the books”. It was a two-edged tribute....

    11. January 5, 2014

      Phoenix Piano Trio, Wigmore Hall, London – review

      Since interest in the composers uprooted by the Nazis began to grow in the late 1970s, Korngold’s music has risen in...

    12. December 20, 2013

      Che Puro Ciel: The Rise of Classical Opera

      If late 18th century opera leaves you cold or the countertenor voice makes you squeamish, this CD is not for you. But if you...

    13. December 11, 2013

      Is career success down to genes or environment?

      Lesley Uren and I were destined never to see eye-to-eye. PA Consulting Group’s talent management expert believes certain...

    14. December 3, 2013

      Herbie Hancock: The Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972-1988 – review

      Herbie Hancock is so relaxed and unshowy a performer, so at ease with his craft, that it would be easy to underestimate his...

    15. December 2, 2013

      György and Márta Kurtág, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London – review

      At the end of this recital György Kurtág was presented with the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal. It was hard not to...

    16. October 18, 2013

      Eine Kleine Airlinemusik

      Sometimes, because my work takes me to Vienna, I have occasion to travel on the national carrier Austrian Airlines (I know,...

    17. October 18, 2013

      The sounds of science: how physics and music can help each other

      I can’t pretend ever to have fully grasped the space-time continuum but two minutes into a conversation with Heinrich...

    18. October 16, 2013

      Don Giovanni, Theatre Royal, Glasgow – review

      Something odd is happening at Scottish Opera. Every time it gives a chamber-scale performance, it shows its mettle. As soon...

    19. September 22, 2013

      LSO/Robin Ticciati, Barbican, London – review

      Concert programming in London has developed so many intelligent strands that it was hard to know what to make of this...

    20. 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...

    21. August 28, 2013

      Hebrides Ensemble, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh – review

      The performance begins before a note has been heard. Hands are washed in two adjacent basins. The rims of 37 “musical...

    22. August 23, 2013

      Nachtmusique, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh

      You can’t categorise Mozart’s oeuvre for wind band as “light music” or “serious music”, a distinction long favoured in...

    23. August 21, 2013

      Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Usher Hall, Edinburgh – review

      A generation ago the newly formed Chamber Orchestra of Europe presented a cycle of Beethoven symphonies that changed the...

    24. August 16, 2013

      Kickstarter and the wisdom of crowdfunders

      Earlier this summer, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, an Oscar-nominated documentary film-maker, decided she needed $80,000 to...

    25. August 13, 2013

      Whim W’Him, Joyce Theater, New York – review

      Embracing small, below-the-radar troupes, the spanking new Ballet v6.0 festival (until Saturday) has taken a risk: the...

    26. August 2, 2013

      The Palestine Strings at the Proms

      Strains of Vivaldi’s Summer concerto escape through the stained-glass windows of a graceful mansion near Jerusalem’s...

    27. July 18, 2013

      Die Zauberflöte, Bregenzer Festspiele, Austria – review

      Dog-dragons the size of a multi-storey building roar and breathe smoke. Coloured flares explode as stuntmen tumble through...

    28. June 20, 2013

      Proserpin, Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, Germany – review

      Why can’t it be summer all the time? On a hot June night in the absurdly beautiful grounds of Frederick the Great’s...

    29. June 2, 2013

      Sir Mervyn surprises with castaway choices

      Sir Mervyn King, departing governor of the Bank of England, displayed an uncharacteristic lack of consistency on Sunday,...

    30. May 19, 2013

      Interview, Neeme Järvi, conductor

      The rehearsal has ended an hour early. The entire orchestra disappears for lunch, and Neeme Järvi, seated in the conductor’s...

    31. May 13, 2013

      Wozzeck, Coliseum, London – review

      The deeper Berg’s opera lodges itself in the repertoire, the more intriguing and astonishing it becomes. Its music follows a...

    32. May 10, 2013

      Five of the best: food shopping in Modena

      Mercato coperto di via Albinelli You can see the culture of a people in a market, and this is a beautiful example of Emilia...

    33. April 21, 2013

      Ecstasy and Death, Coliseum, London – review

      English National Ballet has some explaining to do. The triple bill proposed for last week’s brief London season was...

    34. 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...

    35. April 14, 2013

      Véronique Gens, Middle Temple Hall, London – review

      A week ago Finnish soprano Karita Mattila left the audience at her Wigmore Hall recital gasping for breath in the interval,...

    36. April 12, 2013

      Centre stage

      Soho has long been considered one of London’s most fashionable and best-located residential enclaves, but always less well...

    37. April 11, 2013

      Midnight Express, Coliseum, London – review

      Given all the hoo-hah attendant upon Sergey Polunin and Igor Zelensky quitting Peter Schaufuss’s staging of Midnight Express...

    38. March 27, 2013

      Bill T. Jones, Joyce Theater, New York – review

      Choreographers often inscribe a dancer’s character into a part, but Bill T. Jones has suffused every step of D-Man in the...

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