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Michael Church

Classical review: Jonas Kaufmann, Philharmonia, Rieder, Royal Festival Hall, London

Verdi or Wagner? Posing the musical question of the year, tenor Jonas Kaufmann answers it by saying that he has vacillated between them, unable to decide whose music he prefers. He finally declares that they are mutually beneficial: "After singing Wagner

Yundi, Royal Festival Hall (****)/ Murray Perahia, Barbican (***)

The pianist formerly known as Yundi Li may be a folk-hero back home, but the merry-go-round of Western fashion has not treated him kindly.

Yundi, Royal Festival Hall (****)/ Murray Perahia, Barbican (***)

The pianist formerly known as Yundi Li may be a folk-hero back home, but the merry-go-round of Western fashion has not treated him kindly.

Classical review: Nabucco, Royal Opera House, London

"If I rest, I rust," says the motto on Placido Domingo’s website, and at 71 he’s still resolutely proving it.

Classical review: The British Schubert, Wigmore Hall, London

The word 'accompanist' comes loaded with prejudice: the singer is the thing, with the shadowy figure at the keyboard merely expected to play the notes. Yes, of course it

Classical review: Sunken Garden, Barbican, London

The Dutch composer-director Michel van der Aa has made his name by mixing film and live action, and by taking control of every element of his productions in pursuit of his obsession with existential solitude.

Bronfman / Tilson Thomas / Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Festival Hall, London

The Vienna Philharmonic’s contribution to the Rest Is Noise festival would have been significant whatever they played, but when their conductor Michael Tilson Thomas mounted the podium, it was to apologise for the fact that they would be making very lit

Kirill Gerstein, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

One lesson to be drawn from Keith Jarrett’s recent Southbank recital was how porous the border now is between jazz piano and its classical counterpart.

Igor Levit, Wigmore Hall, London

Born in Russia, but rigorously trained in Germany from early childhood: a surprisingly large number of piano stars have emerged via this route, with 26-year-old Igor Levit prominent among them.

Igor Levit, Wigmore Hall, London

Born in Russia, but rigorously trained in Germany from early childhood: a surprisingly large number of piano stars have emerged via this route, with 26-year-old Igor Levit prominent among them.