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18 hours, 33 minutes ago   -  

Marni Nixon obituary

The ‘ghost’ who sang for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, for Deborah Kerr in The King and I and for Natalie Wood in West Side Story / Millions of filmgoers who enjoyed the singing of Deborah Kerr in The King and I (1956), Natalie ...

22 hours, 40 minutes ago   -  

Sir Roger Norrington: 'I'm against music being handed down from on high'

No vibrato, principal violinists facing each other, audiences encouraged to applaud between movements … the great conductor celebrates the unorthodox at the Proms this week / It is typical of Sir Roger Norrington that one of the greatest ...

Yesterday   -  

LPO/Jurowski at the Proms review – lush Lindberg partners Beethoven

Royal Albert Hall, London Vladimir Jurowski oversaw a cerebral performance of the Ninth symphony, after the debut of Magnus Lindberg’s prequel Two Episodes / Who would dare write a prequel to ...

Yesterday   -  

Ravel: 'One is glad to have his exquisite art as part of the world’s music'

From the classical archive, 22 October 1928: a review of a performance in London by the composer and pianist who ‘transcends his limitations’ / London, Sunday Mr Gordon Bryan was fortunate in ...

Yesterday   -  

Nishat Khan review – sitar maestro turns rock guitarist

Barbican, London The Indian musician matched rapid-fire playing with power chords in a set that occasionally demonstrated technique at the expense of emotion / Ravi Shankar brought the sitar to a global audience and his death ...

July 25   -  

War Passion review – powerfully suggestive poetry but a lack of focus

Cirencester Parish Church Philip Lancaster’s intimate War Passion, commissioned for the Three Choirs festival, avoids grand gestures but suffered from poor acoustics / Gloucester is the host city for this year’s ...

July 25   -  

Facing the music: violinist Pekka Kuusisto

The Finnish musician on formative Eurovision experiences, wanting to play the ondes Martenot with Radiohead, and his plans to flood London with polka / What was the first recording you ever bought? / Diggi Loo Diggi Ley by ...

July 24   -  

Rifles, bears and Buñuel: Thomas Adès on his new never-ending opera

The Exterminating Angel is a surreal classic about the dinner party from hell. Now Thomas Adès has turned Buñuel’s film into an opera stuffed with stars – and live sheep / “I’ve been eating a lot of ...

July 24   -  

Béatrice et Bénédict review – too much outside-the-box thinking

Glyndebourne, Lewes Berlioz’s take on Much Ado About Nothing sounds beautiful here, but Laurent Pelly’s staging is busy and distracting, and gets taken over by a single metaphor / “A caprice written with the ...

July 24   -  

Le Cercle de l'Harmonie at the Proms review – period instrument ensemble outshone by their soprano

Royal Albert Hall, London The Italian singer Rosa Feola’s gleaming, supple soprano soared above a rather soft-toned orchestra, in the Proms debut of French conductor Jérémie Rhorer / This was a Proms debut for ...
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