Kings Place, London
Ludwig Van Beethoven
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Thursday 29 November 2012
Introducing the first of two concerts celebrating the indomitability of the human spirit, Vladimir Jurowski enjoined us to listen to its five works as five movements of a single one.
Wednesday 21 November 2012
There’s no definitive way to play Beethoven’s piano sonatas: there’s an infinite number, as befits this New Testament of classical pianism. Daniel Barenboim’s way, in his Southbank cycle four years ago, may not have been flawless, but it was utterly beguiling.
Trpceski, LSO, Petrenko, Barbican, London/ Biss, de Guise-Langlois, Kashkashian, Padmore, Wigmore Hall
Monday 22 October 2012
It’s a fair bet the Barbican was packed less because of the original promise of Sir Colin Davis at the helm - he was ill and Vasily Petrenko had to stand in - than because obaraf Simon Trpceski.
Friday 12 October 2012
People expect melody and emotion from their music; but just because modern classical doesn't conform to this doesn't make it worthless
Sunday 12 August 2012
Ivan Fischer's exhilarating recording of Mahler's First with the Budapest Festival Orchestra dispels the sick-room air that hung inevitably over last year's centenary commemorations.
Wednesday 08 August 2012
Alexandra Spencer-Jones’ adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ classic novel won rave reviews last year when it debuted at the Fringe. A year on, it seems even more relevant as a commentary on the “disaffected youth” of last summer’s riots.
Barenbolm/West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall, London
Falstaff, Opera Holland Park, London
Sunday 29 July 2012
Daniel Barenboim displays persuasive subtlety and style with his complete cycle of Beethoven's symphonies at the Proms
Saturday 28 July 2012
A fitting crosstown curtain raiser to the Olympics opening night
Saturday 28 July 2012
Barenboim on Beethoven: Nine Symphonies That Changed the World
Wednesday 25 July 2012
As their intensive Beethoven and Boulez series steams onward, you might expect the players of Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to be wilting a little. Not a bit of it. This fourth concert held the work that many consider Beethoven’s finest symphonic gem, the Seventh – and if anyone’s mojo needed a shot in the arm, that was the place to be.
Saturday 30 June 2012
Lang Lang's Diamond Jubilee Concert performance confirmed him as the new Liberace of classical piano, unafraid of the grand gestures to match his striking outfits.
Album: Gustavo Dudamel, The Simon Bolivar Orchestra: Beethoven 3 "Eroica"; Overtures (Deutsche Grammophon)
Saturday 30 June 2012
The Simon Bolivar Orchestra may have dropped the "youth" from their name, but as Gustavo Dudamel claims, "the young soul remains".
Friday 18 May 2012
A couple of years ago, I arranged to meet a friend at Vauxhall Tube station. I was there a few minutes early. In the ticket hall, there was a pleasant and familiar sound. Surprisingly, London Underground seemed to have decided to play Beethoven's Seventh Symphony over the tannoys.
Saturday 12 May 2012
Ligeti's Piano Études are famously quixotic in pushing the player beyond their usual limits.
Sunday 29 April 2012
In 1819, Anton Diabelli invited 50 composers to contribute a variation to a composite volume that was to be a snapshot of Viennese musical life.
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