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.
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Friday 18 January 2008
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.
Thursday 10 January 2008
The significance of a youth orchestra lies less in its achievement, than in what it portends for the future – and in what it says about the climate in which its playing has developed. We currently have two global benchmarks against which all youth orchestras should be measured.
Tuesday 08 January 2008
Vasily Petrenko, the young Russian principal conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, attracts such glowing reviews that it's only fair to assume that there will be one hurdle at which he'll fall.
Friday 13 October 2006
Sunday 21 May 2006
Friday 19 May 2006
A 15-year-old boy has been stabbed to death outside the gates of his London school.
Monday 05 December 2005
Sunday 31 July 2005
Monday 23 May 2005
Wednesday 02 February 2005
Wednesday 02 February 2005
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.
Monday 31 January 2005
In the citadel of modernism, Jonathan Harvey is one of the most distinguished British figures.
Wednesday 12 January 2005
The London Symphony Orchestra's first Barbican concert of the new year was not a happy one.
Sunday 05 December 2004
Tuesday 23 November 2004
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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