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Mitsuko Uchida, Musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Wigmore Hall

Mitsuko Uchida by Richard AvedonExactly what constitutes “the End of Time” in Olivier Messiaen’s extraordinary Quartet for piano, violin, cello and clarinet? Not surely “the end of days” but rather the end of measured time; music unfettered, music of the spheres, music without frontiers. Famously written when Messiaen was “doing time” in a camp for prisoners of war this … [Read More]

Posted on 18/12/2013
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London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hannigan, Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall

Barbara HanniganVladimir Jurowski deemed this the most challenging of any programme in the South Bank’s year long The Rest is Noise festival and proceeded to tell us precisely why. That his little preamble lasted almost twice as long as the first piece – Webern’s Variations for Orchestra Op.30 – was an indicator of just how scientific … [Read More]

Posted on 28/04/2013
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National Youth Orchestra, Jarvi, Barbican Hall

It was as audacious as it was challenging: a programme to wreak havoc on sensitive dispositions – and because this was the National Youth Orchestra there was something incredibly liberating about the welter of sound that unleashed it. The fabulous anarchy of Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite bore down on us with three tubas, extra horns and … [Read More]

Posted on 08/01/2011
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