If Daniel Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan Orchestra required an illustration of its broad scope and open spirit, it would be hard to imagine any more flamboyant than Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, the grandiloquent orgiastic fantasy of depravity based on De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.
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Saturday 30 March 2013
Stravinsky's 1913 ballet, The Rite of Spring, premiered to catcalls and fisticuffs.
Friday 07 December 2012
He was a gifted cellist, and his work remained rooted in the practicalities of performance
Saturday 21 July 2012
For all its brave themes, some false notes limit the impact of this musical odyssey.
Saturday 12 May 2012
Few composers thought bigger, or longer, than Bruckner, who constantly revised his colossal works – in the case of this final symphony, spending nine years writing and still not completing it before his death, leading to a plethora of posthumous fourth movement “completions” over the past three decades.
Sunday 18 December 2011
Yes, concert halls and opera houses worked their socks off, but there was thrilling music in a car park and off the beaten track
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Saturday 12 October 2002
Thursday 10 October 2002
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