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Defiant tales: a Scheherazade for our times from John Adams

Adams, Ravel: LSO/Adams **** Barbican Hall, 29th October 2015 The green-eyed monster clambers onto my shoulder when I’m editing, salivating over concerts my reviewers attend. Rebecca Lentjes described the première of John Adams’ Scheherazade.2 so vividly in her New York … Continue reading

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Surveillance programme

Once you enter the opera house or concert hall, what’s the first thing you do? Collect your ticket from the box office? Deposit your coat into the cloakroom? I wouldn’t mind betting that you then dutifully queue to purchase a … Continue reading

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Water Reflections: an immersive recital from Hélène Grimaud

Hélène Grimaud **** Barbican Hall, 16th May 2015 Left to our own devices, audience members at the Barbican could have suggested any number of works to fit into Hélène Grimaud’s aquatic-themed recital. In an absorbing programme note, the French pianist … Continue reading

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Unwrapping an enigma: Gergiev’s electrifying Shostakovich 15

Balakirev, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich: LSO/Gergiev ***** Barbican Hall, 12th May 2015 “A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” That description could apply to Shostakovich’s Fifteenth Symphony, with its impish musical quotations punctuating its dark brooding character. It would also … Continue reading

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Glowing Brahms and fiery Tchaikovsky from Bychkov and the LSO

Brahms, Tchaikovsky: LSO/Bychkov **** Barbican Hall, 7th May 2015 While Britain was still at the polls, birthday boys Brahms and Tchaikovsky slugged it out in friendly battle at the Barbican. In the event, it was an uneven contest. Isabelle Faust … Continue reading

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