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Mediterranean heat: a scorching Daphnis et Chloé from Altinoglu and the LSO

Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Ravel: LSO/Altinoglu **** Barbican Hall, 23rd March 2017 It’s over twenty years since I last saw Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé danced by the Royal Ballet, yet every step of Sir Frederick Ashton’s choreography is imprinted on my memory: Stuart … Continue reading

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Hellfire and damnation as Noseda and the LSO blaze through Verdi’s Requiem

Verdi: Requiem **** LSO/Noseda, Barbican, 18th September 2016 Verdi’s Requiem brings with it a huge sense of occasion. Turned to at times of national tragedy, it communicates an emotional power where the words of politicians frequently fail. It is also … Continue reading

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The tongs and the bones: Vivid Mendelssohn from Gardiner and the LSO

Mendelssohn: LSO/Gardiner **** Barbican Hall, 16th February 2016 Recapturing one’s youth is a favourite preoccupation of thirty-somethings. Few recaptured it quite as vivaciously as Felix Mendelssohn. Sixteen years after composing his A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture – all gossamer wings … Continue reading

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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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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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