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English Chamber Orchestra/Watkins, Cadogan Hall, London

Paul Watkins is an unassuming chap, but in making him their associate conductor, the English Chamber Orchestra may have pulled a masterstroke. For he's not only a conductor of growing repute, he's also a cellist of renown – winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year contest in 1988, and garlanded with many awards since – and also, though he doesn't trumpet this fact, an excellent chamber pianist. And since his new band is full of chamber musicians, with some of whom he has long played, this new relationship should be a true meeting of minds.

Preview: English Chamber Orchestra/Watkins, Cadogan Hall, London

Paul Watkins is an unassuming chap, but in making him their associate conductor, the English Chamber Orchestra may have pulled a masterstroke. For he's not only a conductor of growing repute, he's also a cellist of renown – winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year contest in 1988, and garlanded with many awards since – and also, though he doesn't trumpet this fact, an excellent chamber pianist. And since his new band is full of chamber musicians, with some of whom he has long played, this new relationship should be a true meeting of minds.

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Johann Strauss's Vienna is doubly engaged in nostalgia: the yearning of his age for the Holy Empire of Maria Theresa, and our own yearning for the city of Strauss himself. Of course, Maria Theresa's Vienna was cruel and squalid, Strauss's corrupt and hollow. But our imagination fills this world with a regret for lost splendour that colours every bar of this music.

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Conducting herself properly

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