Classical music

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Scott Hamilton: Classics review – a swinging jazz makeover for Dvořak, Ravel and more
The veteran US tenor saxophonist, pianist Jan Lundgren and co transform a selection of popular classical tunes

Dave Gelly

02, Jul, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Opera director condemns Raab’s sneers at Angela Rayner’s visit to Glyndebourne
John Berry says ‘champagne socialism’ criticism of Labour’s deputy leader by Tory minister is ‘sad and embarrassing’

Dalya Alberge

02, Jul, 2022 @1:44 PM

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The week in classical: Migrations; Aldeburgh festival; Royal Academy of Music SO/Bychkov
WNO’s multi-stranded exploration of human migration is a joy; Aldeburgh honours Oliver Knussen in style; and the RAM’s future stars are bold as brass

Fiona Maddocks

02, Jul, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Classical home listening: John Adams Collected Works
Bonus extras make Nonesuch’s 40-disc box set of the prolific American composer well worth the investment

Fiona Maddocks

02, Jul, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Dominic Raab’s opera jibe hits a bum note | Brief letters
Brief letters: Class snobbery | Duke of Edinburgh walkers | Failing the balance test | One of ‘the girls’


01, Jul, 2022 @4:43 PM

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Serse review – new ensemble bring circus, and scissors, to Handel’s Persian opera
Period instrument ensemble Figure’s semi-staging of an abridged version of Serse was full of good ideas and strong singing

Erica Jeal

01, Jul, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Ferdinand Ries: Piano Trio and Sextets review – Beethoven’s biographer steps into the spotlight
Ries has been overshadowed by his master, but the pianist/composer had plenty of talent – and ego – of his own, as these chamber works show

Erica Jeal

30, Jun, 2022 @2:17 PM

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Why on earth shouldn’t Angela Rayner go to the opera? | Martin Kettle
Dominic Raab’s attack on the Labour frontbencher’s attendance at Glyndebourne says more about our class-ridden approach to culture than it does about her

Martin Kettle

30, Jun, 2022 @1:32 PM

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Welsh National opera Migrations review – ambitious and timely new opera examines freedom
Welsh National Opera’s staging of six stories of migration is a brave and far-reaching exercise in collaboration and diversity, with a heroic effort from composer Will Todd

Rian Evans

30, Jun, 2022 @11:54 AM

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Il Proscritto review – Opera Rara blow the dust off Mercadante’s forgotten opera
A terrific cast and the fiery precision of conductor Rizzi brought this rarity to the concert stage 180 years after its premiere

Tim Ashley

29, Jun, 2022 @2:38 PM

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Penarth chamber music festival review – bold and bracing performances
The calibre and mutual understanding of musicians from far and wide produces intimate and welcoming music for friends

Rian Evans

26, Jun, 2022 @2:15 PM

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A classicist at Glastonbury: ‘Headbanging in raincoats? It’s as English as Gardeners’ Question Time’
Our chief culture writer is a Glyndebourne veteran, but has never been to the world’s biggest music festival – so what did she make of the spectacle, the songs and the hedonism?

Charlotte Higgins

26, Jun, 2022 @1:45 PM

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