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Prom 57 review Daniel Harding's debut makes too much of Mahler

A rushed performance of Mahler's Second Symphony found neither Harding nor the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra at their best"It is an enormous piece and it makes a lot of noise," is how conductor Daniel Harding, not without humour, describes Mahler's "Re

Prom 56: LPO/Jurowski review cosmic in scope and intention

Royal Albert Hall, LondonVladimir Jurowski made the most familiar of scores sound fresh, and Holst's The Planets was particularly excitingThe London Philharmonic's Prom with Vladimir Jurowski was nothing if not cosmic in scope and intention. The programme

Prom 54: ORR/Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner review the demands of Missa Solemnis were thrillingly met

Royal Albert Hall, LondonJohn Eliot Gardiner brought tremendous force to Beethoven's massive work"You have to be attracted to the fire in Beethoven to do this work," John Eliot Gardiner remarked ahead of his late-night performance of the Missa Solemnis wi

Prom 53: Budapest Festival Orchestra/Fischer review beauty that showed Brahms' muscle

Royal Albert Hall, LondonThis all-Brahms programmed showcased the orchestra's plush sound, but insights came at the price of momentumAlways an ensemble to do things differently, the Budapest Festival Orchestra has turned itself into a part-time choir. We

Madame X review thriller undone by excess of allusions

Tim Benjamin has transported Don Giovanni's Masetto and Zerlina to London for this postmodern take on artistic corruption.

Madame X review thriller undone by excess of allusions

Arcola theatre, LondonTim Benjamin has transported Don Giovanni's Masetto and Zerlina to London for this postmodern take on artistic corruption Continue reading...

Prom 49: BBCSO/Oramo review curiously ill at ease

Soprano Anu Komsi's impressive technique was at the fore in a fairytale-themed programme.

Prom 36: BBCSO/Oramo review William Alwyn's First Symphony fails to convince

Royal Albert Hall, LondonSakari Oramo and the BBCSO did their best, but there is a reason why Alwyn's First bombed on its 1950 premiere Blog: Tom Service on Alwyn's First SymphonyThe centrepiece of Sakari Oramo's second Prom with the BBC Symphony Orchestr

La Traviata review Verdi's tragedy reworked for senators and courtesans

Opera Up Close transplant La Traviata in seedy 1920s America for a tight and compelling five-piece moral drama.

Prom 34: BBC Now/Søndergård unwieldy start leads to emotional payoff

Royal Albert Hall, LondonMannered during the Mozart and Strauss, the Danish conductor was most at home with his idol, NielsenThe first of Thomas Søndergård's two Proms with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales placed Strauss alongside Mozart, his idol, a