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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 59: Schiff/Gewandhausorchester/Blomstedt, review

Sir Andras Schiff playing Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto? Of course the hall was packed, yet the excitement of this evening lay in the band accompanying the pianist – the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, under its Honorary Conductor Herbert Blomstedt. This is the longest-established civic symphony orchestra in the world – it played all Beethoven’s symphonies during his lifetime – and Blomstedt, at eighty-nine, is the doyen of his trade: as they launched into the overture Leonore No 2 you could sense something of that history in the nobility of their immaculately detailed and powerfully propulsive sound.