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17 hours, 4 minutes ago   -  

Simon Rattle at 21 - archive interview: 'My worst and best qualities are rashness'

From the classical archive, 13 February 1976: Christopher Ford meets a young conductor on a fast-track to success / You have to talk to Simon Rattle for quite a time to be confident that his apparent modesty and ...

18 hours, 13 minutes ago   -  

I help bring music to patients in intensive care

After my own experience in ICU, I became convinced of the therapeutic benefits of live music to those who are critically ill / Soothing acoustic music drifted through the clinical, high-tech ward. As the professional musician brought the gentle ...

19 hours, 43 minutes ago   -  

Leipzig Gewandhaus/Blomstedt – invigorating, gloriously silky Beethoven

Royal Albert Hall, London The 89-year-old conductor drove his players through an emphatic performance of Beethoven’s seventh, and András Schiff made every note of the 5th piano concerto matter / When the Leipzig ...

August 29   -  

The Guardian view on female conductors: time to take the baton | Editorial

Women have equality in many departments of the classical music world. But conducting remains a male preserveBy the end of the BBC Proms next week, there will have been 75 concerts this season. Just eight will have been conducted by women, with ...

August 29   -  

BBCSO/Bychkov review – faultless and furious Larcher premiere

Royal Albert Hall, London Thomas Larcher’s formidable symphony commemorating refugees drowned in the Mediterranean builds to a climax of tremendous irony and power / Given its UK premiere by the BBC Symphony Orchestra ...

August 29   -  

Gurrelieder review – almighty blast of Schoenberg rounds off festival

Usher Hall, Edinburgh In his final concert as their chief conductor, Donald Runnicles guided the BBCSSO and festival chorus magnificently through the richness and drama of the mega-cantata / Surely there’s an irony in the ...

August 29   -  

Facing the music: Jules Buckley

The conductor, composer and arranger loves Shostakovich, loathes Bruckner and found early inspiration in Miles Davies. / What’s the most unusual place you’ve ever performed? / About a month ago in Holland with a ...

August 28   -  

City of Birmingham SO/Gražinytė-Tyla review – spellbinding, bewitching

Symphony Hall, Birmingham Precise yet expressive playing in this remarkable concert climaxed in an astonishing song cycle by Hans Abrahamsen / If Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla’s concert with the City of Birmingham ...

August 28   -  

Haydn: 107 Symphonies CD review – a lifetime’s wonderful listening

The Academy of Ancient Music/Hogwood; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century/ Brüggen; Accademia Bizantina/ Dantone (Decca) (35 CDs)At last! Here is, very belatedly, the first complete Haydn symphony cycle ...

August 28   -  

Shakespeare Songs CD review – Bostridge and Pappano's rich homage

Ian Bostridge (tenor), Antonio Pappano (piano) (Warner) / This is worth having for the first track alone: an impeccable account of Finzi’s Come Away, Death, with Ian Bostridge blending melancholy and nonchalance, Antonio Pappano ...
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