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Bruckner is so bracing: a tiring journey with the LSO

Bruckner, Mozart: LSO/Harding *** Barbican Hall, 6th December 2015 I have no head for heights. Viewing towers and castle ledges – if you can persuade me up there in the first place – are treated with extreme caution. I am, … 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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Just So: Haitink’s heavenly Mahler 4 with Anna Lucia Richter and the LSO

Beethoven/Mahler: LSO/Haitink **** Barbican Hall, 20th September 2015 “Every conductor, including myself, has a sell-by date,” stated Bernard Haitink, on turning down the position of Music Director at the Chicago Symphony in 2006. Don’t believe a word of it. Last … Continue reading

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Brooding Rachmaninov 3 from Gergiev and the LSO

Rachmaninov: Symphony No.3; Balakirev: Russia Of Rachmaninov’s three symphonies, the Third enjoys the least popularity. There’s a certain notoriety to the First because of its disastrous première (thanks to a drunken Glazunov conducting), while the Second is adored for its … Continue reading

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Prom 14: LSO’s tag-team Prokofiev triumphs in the five piano concertos

Prokofiev: LSO/Gergiev **** Royal Albert Hall, 28th July 2015 Last week, Leif Ove Andsnes performed all five Beethoven piano concertos over three evenings at the Proms. Valery Gergiev must chuckle at such lack of ambition! Instead, he and the London … Continue reading

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