Last autumn Helene Grimaud released a fine recording of Brahms’ piano concertos under the baton of Andris Nelsons: to hear them perform the second concerto live with the Philharmonia Orchestra was to realise anew what a superb symbiosis they can achieve.
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Thursday 12 September 2013
Watch the videos below to see some of the cast of the Jac van Steen conducted revival of Phyllida Lloyd’s electrifying production of the Benjamin Britten’s first opera, talk about their favourite moments. The piece is showing as part of Opera North's ‘A Festival of Britten’.
Friday 06 September 2013
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn't believe,” maintains Rutger Hauer’s expiring replicant in Blade Runner. This extraordinarily bold experience, involving The Heritage Orchestra, famed for their moving interpretation of Vangelis’s “Blade Runner” soundtrack and for working with electronic artists, is somewhat unbelievable, too.
Classical review: Hadland's Beethoven, the Temple Choir's Britten, and Anthony Payne's excellent new Vaughan Williams orchestration
Thursday 05 September 2013
Prom 69 – Hadland, Oslo Phil, Petrenko (****)
Prom 70 – Davies, Morris, Temple Choir, BBC Singers, Hill (***)
Prom 71 – Hughes, Johnston, BBCSO, Vanska (****)
Monday 02 September 2013
“Viva la revolucion!” An incongruous idea, perhaps, amid the Swiss lakes and mountains, let alone Lucerne’s ever-shiny music festival. But there we go: revolution, or its musical history, is the event’s “theme” for its 75th birthday year.
Saturday 31 August 2013
The contained beauty of Christian Gerhaher's voice is but a small part of his art.
Wednesday 28 August 2013
The Venezuelan conductor showed how poor children could become musicians. Julian Lloyd Webber explains how he was determined to do the same here. The result can be seen at the Proms on Sunday
Friday 23 August 2013
Swinging, snooping Brussels is the odd backdrop to this artful comedy of postwar manners
Saturday 17 August 2013
Russian maestro Valery Gergiev performs erratically, but empty seats are the evening’s real surprise
Tuesday 13 August 2013
PCM 5 – BBC Singers/Nash Ensemble/Kok
Prom 39 – Khan/BBC NOW/Atherton
Monday 12 August 2013
What a thrilling start to Jonathan Mills' penultimate International festival: the RSNO in excoriating form, the Festival Chorus, with beefed-up bass section, singing in stirring Russian and clearly-enunciated Latin, all with puppetmaster Valery Gergiev pulling their strings.
Saturday 03 August 2013
"Less is more" is generally a good aesthetic whatever the creative endeavour, as is never looking back.
Friday 02 August 2013
He famously reduced the conductor Josef Krips to tears during rehearsals with the LSO
Friday 02 August 2013
A concert curated and conducted by Oliver Knussen has as much interest as a new piece by this most reclusive and original of British composers. And Prom 26 – whose works he seems to have chosen because they reflect a fastidious control of detail equal to his own – allowed things which are not normally juxtaposed to shed fresh light on each other.
Tuesday 30 July 2013
There can’t be many winners of the Mercury Music Prize who could play London’s Royal Opera House and finish the show with the entire audience on their feet shouting “Bravo!” as if the curtains had just come down on La Bohème. But this was hardly your average gig. Besides, the Opera House’s grandness certainly provides the perfect backdrop for Hegarty’s otherworldly tales of sorrow.
Monday 29 July 2013
The Royal Albert Hall is seeking a long-term solution to address the sweltering heat in the auditorium during the summer months, which has left Proms audiences “dripping with sweat” and creates significant challenges for the musicians.
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