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Guy Dammann

How the Whale Became - review

"I wish I could sing like that, papa." For my four-year-old daughter's first trip to the opera, this was a result.

András Schiff – review

Schiff's performance of Bach's 'French' Suites and Overture was immaculate – a masterclass in exemplary taste.

BBCSSO/Volkov - review

One of the many beneficial effects of the Rest Is Noise festival, now entering its final weeks, is its undermining of the stubborn myth that musical modernism was entirely occupied making itchy-scratchy, plinkety-plonk music designed to batter its listene

LSO/Gergiev - review

Gergiev was in inspirational form and the LSO embraced his reading of Berlioz's Romeo et Juliette with skill and energy "The nature of this work will no doubt be misunderstood", wrote Hector Berlioz at the head of his preface to his "Dramatic symphony",

Philip Glass Ensemble/Steve Reich/Colin Currie Group - review

Philip Glass's Music in 12 Parts and Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians represent in many ways the twin peaks of American minimalism.

Arditti Quartet - review

Wigmore Hall, London It's odd that the idea of virtuosity in music changed, over two centuries, from something rather shallow to become a guarantee of intellectual depth. For whatever reason, though, the difficulties posed by much late 20-century music h

quartet-lab - review

This resolutely upbeat quartet, formed just a year ago, present music-making at its most animated and splendid.

Prom 56: Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra/Jordan - review

Jean-Yves Thibaudet sparkled in Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major, yet the Rienzi Overture left us wanting more Wagner.

Prom 39: BBCNOW/Atherton - review

Royal Albert Hall, London In his programme note for his new sitar concerto, The Gate of the Moon, the great Calcutta-born sitar player Nishat Khan tells a story about a stranger falling in love with a beautiful princess. The stranger is represented by

Prom 38: National Youth Orchestra/Petrenko - review

Performing Beethoven's Ninth has become an annual Proms tradition, but this year's outing was special, commemorating the bicentenary of the organisation which commissioned it, the Royal Philharmonic Society.