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London Symphony Orchestra, Jansen, Pappano, Barbican Hall

There were, it seemed, enough trumpets to serve Gabriel throughout eternity – and, as fanfares go, this one was stretching a point and then some. LSO On Track had commissioned it from Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and true to the spirit of this enterprise seeking to field young musicians of mixed abilities alongside players from … [Read More]

Posted on 31/01/2014
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Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kavakos, Dindo, Chailly, Barbican (Review)

For the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra’s second residency at the Barbican Centre Riccardo Chailly pulled focus on an entirely new sounding Brahms. Gone were all those bad performance practices, bad habits, from the early 20th century, gone was the lingering romanticism, the willful soupiness, and in with a vengeance came a classical rigour, a lean and … [Read More]

Posted on 23/10/2013
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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Bronfman, Michael Tilson Thomas, Royal Festival Hall

Michael Tilson Thomas VIENNA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRAWhen Schoenberg made his steroidal orchestration of Brahms’ G minor Piano Quartet he saw and heard what many don’t – that Brahms was more of a radical than the music world was ready to acknowledge, that he was not the conservative in the shadow of Wagner that commentators at the time felt the need to … [Read More]

Posted on 10/04/2013
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Murray Perahia, Barbican Hall

How to describe Murray Perahia’s qualities? Elegance, fluency, modesty, clarity – and an abiding sense of the poetic. In the final piece of Schumann’s Kinderszenen “Der Dichter spricht” – “the poet speaks” – Perahia’s own inner voice emerged in halting, half-imagined, recitative-like, phrases as if dreaming a potentially much larger canvas. In those short phrases … [Read More]

Posted on 31/03/2011
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Risor Festival of Chamber Music at Wigmore Hall

Each year, Risor – a small fishing town on the south-eastern coast of Norway – hosts an internationally renowned festival of chamber music. This week some of its key players decamped to Wigmore Hall and naturally they brought a little piece of Norway with them. Violinist Henning Kraggerud and pianist Marc-André Hamerlin opened proceedings with … [Read More]

Posted on 27/11/2010
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