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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Friday 09 November 2012
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Saturday 03 November 2012
Michael Tilson Thomas's time at the helm of the San Francisco Symphony has been marked by a courageous dedication to modernist American outsiders, and American Mavericks bears out the orchestra's experience with such outré material.
Thursday 01 November 2012
For 61 years Wexford has been the emerald of opera festivals, refreshing the repertoire by trawling up underrated gems. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Delius’s birth – and his opera A Village Romeo and Juliet remains rare enough to qualify.
Sunday 28 October 2012
Fourth London festival opens with a killer US opera, and there’s glorious suffering in madrigals
Friday 19 October 2012
Despite its origins in Spanish legend, Spain is not important to Mozart’s and da Ponte’s Don Giovanni. So the placing of the story in the context of the early 1960s in Alessandro Talevi’s new production for Opera North is non-controversial.
Friday 12 October 2012
When playing DJ sets, Aphex Twin has been known to place the needle onto sandpaper instead of a vinyl groove. This audience should be glad that tonight’s show wasn’t quite on that level of unlistenable, but at times it wasn’t far off.
Wednesday 03 October 2012
Whether it was a genuine leak or a marketing teaser, James Bond fans yesterday had their first taste of the latest 007 theme tune as sung by British golden girl Adele.
Tuesday 02 October 2012
Whether it was a genuine leak or a marketing teaser, James Bond fans today had their first taste of the latest blockbuster’s theme tune as sung by British golden girl Adele.
Tuesday 02 October 2012
Now that Keith Warner’s "Ring" has been re-launched in its entirety, we can judge it afresh. Like the first two "days" (reviewed last week) the second two contain much to enjoy, if also some disappointments, plus some technical hitches which should have been sorted out in dress rehearsal - notably the stuffed stag with its antlers caught on the overhanging 'sky', thus sabotaging Siegfried’s loveliest aria.
Sunday 30 September 2012
There's a strain of European post-rave/techno instrumental music that might or might not be jazz, exemplified by Cinematic Orchestra and Arve Henriksen.
Thursday 27 September 2012
Eight years after its unveiling, Keith Warner’s ‘Ring’ is back, and though his ‘Rheingold’ has been streamlined, the balance between symbolism and naturalism remains awkward (we’re not meant to laugh when Alberich turns into a monster, but we do).
Wednesday 29 August 2012
The Swedish secret service has come under fire for lavishing more than £400,000 on a James Bond-themed staff party.
Prom 57: Zimmerman/Gustav Mahler/Gatti, Royal Albert Hall
Proms Chamber Music 7: Schafer/Nash/Brabbins, Cadogan Hall, London
Monday 27 August 2012
Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto is full of codes.
Sunday 26 August 2012
Concerto for hairies and orchestra
Wednesday 22 August 2012
With eight exhumations, the BBC is trying desperately to make the case for Frederick Delius on his 150th anniversary, but these are only reinforcing the impression that this Bradford composer was a mere melodious also-ran.
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