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BBC Symphony Orchestra

Birtwistle at 80 - The Barbican

Harrison Birtwistle has created some of the most inventive and memorable music of the late 20th and 21st centuries. We celebrate his 80th birthday with performances including Gawain, Yan Tan Tethera and Earth Dances.

Albert Herring - review

Would Albert Herring be any Britten fan's desert-island opera?

War Requiem/Bychkov - review

Bychkov's masterly realisation dug to the heart of Britten's score and brought out the haunting seriousness of the whole.

Total Immersion: The Rite of Spring, Barbican, review

Can 'The Rite of Spring' have anything like the impact that it did a century ago? By John Allison.

Elgar: Cello Concerto, Op. 85 - Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. - Jean-Guihen Queyras

Composed 40 years apart, these two masterpieces from either side of the turn of the last century offer, in their intrinsic contradictions, a fascinating mirror effect. Thus the profound nostalgia of Sir Edward Elgar s Concerto stands revealed in its light

Proms 2013: BBCSO/Vänskä - music review

Not many recordings of contemporary symphonies sell a million copies but in the Nineties Dawn Upshaw's version of Henryk Gorecki's Symphony of Sorrowful Songs passed that milestone.

Prom 71: BBCSO/Vänskä

Górecki's Third Symphony was spellbinding, overshadowing Anthony Payne's arrangement of Vaughan Williams.

The Midsummer Marriage (BBC Proms)

The musical world is celebrating the ‘big three' this year – Wagner, Verdi and Britten, and although none of Verdi's full-length operas have been given at this year's Proms, seven of Wagner's operas have (or will have been given after next Sunday's Pa

Prom 45: The Midsummer Marriage, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Davis

Jeremy Paxman’s beard may have been a wonder and a talking point for five days, but Michael Tippett’s opera The Midsummer Marriage beats it by almost 60 years.

Prom 45: The Midsummer Marriage - review

Tippett's first opera opened to a mixed reception at Covent Garden in 1955, and has divided audiences and critics ever since.