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Classical: Voulez-vous Boulez?

Modernist bete-noire or champion of the new? Either way, you can't ignore him. Now a TV profile and a flurry of concerts place the composer- conductor centre-stage.

Classical: It'll all end in `Chopsticks'

STEVEN OSBORNE

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Classical: NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA/TORTELIER SYMPHONY HALL, BIRMINGHAM

Classical: Rough and ready

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Classical: On Air

SETTLING THE Score last Sunday afternoon on Radio 3 surveyed the bewildering world of 20th-century harmony. Harmony, Stephen Sondheim said, is what gives a composer particular character - and went on to challenge that assertion by confessing he took some of his chords from Ravel. The result didn't remind me of Ravel.

CLASSICAL: FIRST NIGHT: Spirit Gardens: The Music of Takemitsu

The Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu died in February 1996, and London's South Bank mounts a lavish retrospective festival this week. The composer formed many vital friendships in Britain, so much so that his premature death provoked a heartfelt outpouring of grief. Among the musicians Takemitsu knew, a number feature in "Spirit Gardens" - Oliver Knussen, Paul Crossley, Christian Lindberg and Andrew Davis, to name but a few. To all of them, Takemitsu was a unique friend. He was also a unique voice: a Western Japanese composer, straddling three continents - Asia, Europe and America - and selecting from all of them the ingredients which make up his individual soundworld. "Although I am basically self taught, I consider Debussy my teacher - the most important elements are colour, light and shadow," he once wrote.

Arts: A showcase of music from every sphere

Proms: CZECH PHILHARMONIC / BBC NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES; ROYAL ALBERT HALL

Classical: CD Review: Mendelssohn incites aural storm

MENDELSSOHN: SYMPHONY NO 3; SCHOENBERG:

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