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Britten Weekend 2014

On the weekend the clocks change and herald winter's longer nights, a Britten Weekend built round his song cycle on themes of night, sleep and dreams - Nocturne. Spira mirabilis make their first forays into Britten and new music, Britten's Canticles are p

Spira Mirabilis: the orchestra without a conductor

In a sports centre in Formigine, a quiet Italian town near Bologna, I am listening to an orchestral rehearsal unlike any I've heard before.

London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London – review

A Panufnik symphony marked the composer’s centenary; plus Strauss, and Anderszewski’s Schumann.

LSO/Pappano review digging deep into powerful emotions

Barbican, LondonPappano brings nobility to a celebration of Panufnik and brilliantly evokes Strausss pride, anger and beauty Continue reading...

Wagner: Tannhauser, Bayreuth 1961 - Josef Greindl

The first performance of a series, they say, isn t always the best. In 1961, as the critics noted, the opening night suffered not just from the usual first-night nerves, but also the common cold was doing the rounds. The discovery in radio archives of a '

Schumann: Scenes from Goethe's Faust - Daniel Harding

Schumann worked on Scenes from Goethe's Faust for a decade, completing it in 1853. The Guardian awarded this album four stars saying: "Harding’s handling of the whole span of the score is also deeply impressive".

Schumann: Scenes from Goethes Faust review deeply impressive

Even Schumann’s greatest admirers – and I’d count myself among them – would never claim that his choral music is the most significant or rewarding part of his output.

Hampstead Arts Festival 2014

Featuring a programme filled with highly imaginative and unique concerts, the Hampstead Arts Festival returns for another year. The line up includes Angela Hewitt, Mahan Esfahani,Natalie Clein and the Wihan Quartet. The festival takes place over a thr

Prokofiev: Suite from Romeo & Juliet - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Prokofiev, Riccardo Muti

This new album features selections from both of Prokofiev's suites, played with thrilling intensity by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Riccardo Muti. Having performed the suite in Chicago and on tour in 2011, the CSO and Maestro Muti ret

Prokofiev: Suite from Romeo and Juliet CD review formidable playing

Chicago SO/Muti(SCO Resound)Prokofiev conducted extracts from his then unstaged Romeo and Juliet with the Chicago Symphony during his final visit to the city in 1937, an event commemorated by this new recording on the orchestras own label, conducted by it