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Gerstein/BBCSO/Bychkov Barbican, review

Pianist Kirill Gerstein performs Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.2 in G major with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Semyon Bychkov at the Barbican

Obituary: conductor Sir Neville Marriner

Sir Neville Marriner was regarded as the one of the world’s greatest conductors, with an unrivalled range that covered the baroque era and the modern era, concert works and opera

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Angela Hewitt, Wigmore Hall, London, review: 'Majestic'

Hewitt's ‘Bach Odyssey’ offered rarities, including the Capriccio ‘on the departure of his beloved brother’, a theme and variations ‘alla maniera Italiana’, a Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, plus the complete sets of Two-part Inventions and Sinfonias

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Prom 54 review

A severely underpowered all-Mozart Prom wastes the starry talents of its orchestra and singers

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Prom 43: Argerich/WE Divan/Barenboim, review

Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra would have comfortably filled the hall on their own, while Martha Argerich could have filled it three times over

Why the other classical musics of the world deserve a place in UK conc

The British classical-music establishment is full of complacent cultural imperialism. Britain is now a very multi-ethnic society, but you’d never know that from its concert halls.  There’s an increasingly need for the other classical musics of the world to be given their proper place in UK concert programmes, says Michael Church

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Tristan and Isolde, English National Opera, review

Much buzz surrounded the opening night Tristan and Isolde directed by the ENO’s incoming artistic director, the irrepressibly optimistic 39-year-old American Daniel Kramer, taking over at a time of great turbulence. It’s not his first production for the company, following Birtwistle’s Punch and Judy in 2009 and a Josef Fritzl-imbued Duke Bluebeard’s Castle which was topical, but a very particular take on Bartòk’s vision. Broadly speaking, his treatment of Wagner’s hymn to the apotheosis of love is a success.