Kings Place, London
Ludwig Van Beethoven
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Tuesday 11 March 2008
Tuesday 11 March 2008
Thursday 31 January 2008
It was, as expected, a very public audience with Daniel Barenboim. For those seated on the platform, the ovations were received on an almost one-to-one basis as Barenboim walked among us, reached out to us, like a biblical superstar. Well, this much-anticipated Beethoven sonata cycle was billed as "The Concept of Artist as Leader" – and that he most certainly is.
Friday 25 January 2008
Sir John Eliot Gardiner did not quite begin at the beginning. His Beethoven cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra kicked off with the Second Symphony, and both here and in the devilishly innovative Eighth it was interesting to experience a conductor, who has spent the greater part of his career championing period instruments, revelling in the sheer power and depth of sonority that a contemporary orchestra such as the LSO routinely harnesses. The very first chord of the evening was little short of alarming.
Tuesday 22 January 2008
Jaap van Zweden cuts a bullish figure on the rostrum. If music were driven by energy alone, the young Dutchman, one-time concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, would be home and dry every time. But he took on Mahler's problematic Fifth Symphony for this much-anticipated outing with the London Philharmonic, and it felt very much like a work-in-progress.
Wednesday 09 January 2008
Wednesday 26 December 2007
Beethoven's String Quartet in A Minor and T S Eliot's Four Quartets are both majestic works that speak with oracular force, and there is evidence of a historical link. At the time this poem-sequence was germinating in Eliot's mind, he was listening to Beethoven's work, and wondering whether he might be able to get something of its "heavenly gaiety", its sense of relief after immense suffering, into verse at some future date.
Tuesday 22 August 2006
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Tuesday 14 March 2006
Friday 14 October 2005
Thursday 13 October 2005
Monday 03 October 2005
Friday 30 September 2005
Wednesday 24 August 2005
Tuesday 05 July 2005
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