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September 25   -  

Remembering Christopher Hogwood

The conductor, who died yesterday, was one of musics most refined and revelatory consciences, writes Tom Service, who picks his five favourite Hogwood recordings / The conductor, scholar, and keyboard player Christopher ...

September 24   -  

The BBC Singers: 90 years young today

The UKs only full-time professional choir celebrates its 90th birthday this week. Tom Service joins in the birthday wishes / 90 years old. Not an age when most organisms are in the prime of their life, but, with thousands of ...

September 23   -  

Get to know Rachmaninov, inside and out

On the eve of the London Philharmonics season-long celebration of Rachmaninov: what conductors can learn from the composers own inspirational performances / The London Philharmonic embarks on its 11-concert Rachmaninov: Inside Out series next ...

September 18   -  

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's crisis matters for orchestras everywhere

The musicians are locked out, the conductor devastated: this world-class orchestras dispute has devastating implications / Whats going on at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra? The short answer is Nothing. No concerts, no rehearsals, not a hint of ...

September 12   -  

Rule Britannia: Will it still be sung at the Proms in the event of a Yes Vote? Why is it sung at all?

Rule Britannia, its words by a Scot and its tune from an opera about Englands king Arthur, is far from a straightforward song of imperialist triumphalism, writes Tom Service / Roderick Williams interview: ...

September 10   -  

A tale of two resignations: conductors Franz Welser-Möst and Han-Na Chang

Over the weekend, both Franz Welser-Möst and Han-Na Chang, both coincidentally performing at the Proms on Sunday, resigned their conducting posts. Whats surprising in Welser-Mösts case is how long he lasted / A tale of two ...

September 9   -  

Symphony guide: Beethoven's Ninth ('Choral')

Tom Services symphony guide concludes with what is arguably the central artwork of Western music, the symphony to end all symphonies / Talk about it: What have we missed from the list? / Nicholas Cook puts it well: Of all the works in the ...

September 3   -  

Now you can create your own Musicircus

John Cages chaotic, joyful vision comes to life online - thanks to the Aldeburgh Festival. / It was one of those performances where everyone remembers something unforgettable, but unforgettably different; one of those rare experiences where ...

September 2   -  

Symphony guide: Dvoák's 9th 'From the New World'

Dvoáks final symphony, with its famous Largo, is one of classical musics best loved works. Tom Service separates its facts from its fictions / Dvoraks New World Symphony: as legend has it, the sound of a music that ...

August 26   -  

Symphony guide: Tchaikovsky's Sixth ('Pathetique')

Forget, first of all, its mis-translated moniker. Tchaikovskys final symphony might be about death, but its the piece he termed the best thing I have composed and is a confident and supremely energetic work / Lets get this clear: Tchaikovskys ...
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