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March 18   -  

10 of the best: Essential Richter recordings

The legendary Russian pianist would have been 100 this week. Tom Service picks ten of his essential performances that introduce you to the genius of Sviatoslav Richter / One hundred years ago this week the great, the legendary, the enigmatic ...

March 11   -  

Thomas Dausgaard to take over at BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

The Danish-born musician becomes the Glasgow orchestra’s chief conductor in September 2016. / The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra today announces their new Chief Conductor: the Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard will take over from Donald ...

March 10   -  

Conducting's next big question: who will bag the Berlin Phil?

With Simon Rattle’s next post in London finally confirmed, attention returns to the Berlin Philharmonic and the question of who will succeed him as its principal conductor. / As one Rattle-era dawns, so another reaches its crepuscular ...

March 3   -  

Simon Rattle is the seismic, creative shock UK classical music needs

Conductor’s appointment as LSO music director could be catalyst for genre’s revitalisation, from schools to (new) concert halls / Sir Simon Rattle’s return to Britain is a once-in-a-generation opportunity; not just for the ...

February 20   -  

The announcements that herald exciting times for UK classical music

The prospect of Sir Simon Rattle returning to the UK at a new world-class music centre, and news of £5 million of government money for the refurbishment of Colston Hall, should have classical music fans singing for joy / Have Simon ...

February 19   -  

Lucerne festival’s spirited programme looks for laughs

The programme for this summer’s classical music festival in Switzerland features the humour of Haydn, Simon Rattle with the Berlin and the Vienna philharmonics and a 90th-birthday tribute to Pierre Boulez / Interesting news from the ...

February 18   -  

Pulling the strings: why Britain's orchestras say new tax measures don't play fair

Orchestras can only apply for new tax relief if they fit the government’s bizarre idea of what an orchestra should be – and that cuts out string ensembles, choirs and brass bands / Another reminder of the government’s ability ...

February 17   -  

John McCabe: music of iron-clad integrity

The directness of McCabe’s idiom, especially in his later music, gives you the feeling that you’re listening to the irreducible heart of the musical matter / The body of work that John McCabe leaves to the world, after his death ...

February 11   -  

The 10 best Scandinavian symphonists (who aren't Sibelius or Nielsen)

Sibelius and Nielsen may be dominating London’s concert halls this year, not least with Simon Rattle’s Sibelius symphony cycle, but there are many other Scandinavian composers well worth hearing. Here’s our top ten ...

February 10   -  

Write a song for Shakespeare... if you dare

Go where Purcell, Finzi and Adès have dared to go and enter the RSC’s competition to compose a song to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday / You’ve got less than six weeks to make music-theatrical history. Seriously: the ...
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