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Tim Ashley

Prom 12: St John Passion review fascinating, beautiful and erratic

Some superlative playing in Bach's masterpiece, under the baton of Roger Norrington, but the evening's chief glory was the beautifully controlled choral singing.

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis review Georg Solti at his Proms best

Donath/Soffel/Jerusalem/Sotin/Edinburgh Festival Chorus/LPO/Solti(LPO)This derives from a Proms broadcast in 1982, during Georg Solti's final season as principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. It's not without problems: the recording is

Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle review absolutely unforgettable

Seefried/Fischer-Dieskau/Swiss Festival Orchestra/Kubelik (Audite) Conducted by Rafael Kubelík , this terrifying performance of Bartók's only opera was taped live at the 1962 Lucerne festival, with which Kubelík was closely assoc

Handel: The Triumph of Time and Truth review not the disaster some have claimed

First performed in 1757, Handel's last oratorio, The Triumph of Time and Truth, is a drastic revision of Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, written some 50 years earlier during Handel's Italian period.

Pizzetti/Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Violin Sonatas review gorgeous, uncompromising and abrasive

The latest instalment of Hagai Shaham and Arnon Erez's exploration of the 20th-century violin and piano repertory focuses on two figures from inter-war Italy.

Olga Peretyatko: Arabesque review from po-faced to jaw-dropping

Olga Peretyatko's latest album is essentially an old-fashioned recital of coloratura show-stoppers, some drawn from the mainstream operatic repertoire, though others, like Alyabyev's The Nightingale and Tosti's Il Bacio, are party pieces associated with t

LA Philharmonic/Gustavo Dudamel - review

This year's Los Angeles Philharmonic residency at the Barbican will doubtless be best remembered for its focus on new music and a series of important premieres by John Adams, Unsuk Chin and Joseph Pereira.

LA Phil/Dudamel - review

This year's Los Angeles Philharmonic residency at the Barbican will doubtless be best remembered for its focus on new music and a series of important premieres by John Adams, Unsuk Chin and Joseph Pereira.

Phaëton – review

Fans of French baroque are having a good time at present. Hard on the heels of English National Opera's production of Charpentier's Medea came this concert performance of Lully's Phaëton, with Christophe Rousset conducting Les Talens Lyriques and a well