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First seen as part of a 1912 double bill, Ariadne auf Naxos was revised and reshaped as Europe plunged into the carnage of the First World War. Strauss was profoundly relieved when his son, Franz, was declared unfit for military service. But his librettist, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, had already served as a reservist when the now familiar version of their backstage comedy on high and low art premiered in Vienna in 1916, four days after the assassination of the prime minister in the dining room of a hotel a few minutes' walk from the opera house.

You Write The Reviews: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne

There was a full house at the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne to hear this concert by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. On the rostrum was one of the best and most energetic of today's young conductors, Michael Dworzynski, a Pole, who recently won the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition.

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THE CZECH conductor Jiri Belohlavek has been appointed chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, one of the most prestigious positions in British classical music.

Czech conductor chosen to replace Slatkin as head of Proms orchestra

The Czech conductor Jiri Belohlavek has been appointed chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, one of the most prestigious positions in British classical music.

Jonathan Harvey, Tramway, Glasgow

In the citadel of modernism, Jonathan Harvey is one of the most distinguished British figures.

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The London Symphony Orchestra's first Barbican concert of the new year was not a happy one.

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She's got the voice, the songs - now all kd needs is a super furry animal...

Donatella Flick conducting competition, Barbican, London

Donatella Flick endowed her competition in 1990 with the aim of advancing the careers of young conductors, offering them a platform, and helping establish their international careers. She has achieved her aims: a host of young names (not necessarily first-prize winners) have been made at this major international competition that takes young hopefuls from across Europe, pits them against a student orchestra (from the Royal Academy) and then puts three finalists alongside Sir Colin Davis's London Symphony Orchestra.

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