London Symphony Orchestra

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Devonté Hynes review – alt-rocker makes an exhilarating classical debut
Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, Hynes’ new compositions had a gravitas absent from his pop music – and plenty of discordant energy

Jazz Monroe

19, Mar, 2023 @3:37 PM

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The week in classical: Siemens Hallé international conductors competition; LSO/ Hannigan; Turandot – review
A trio of young conductors vie for a job with the Hallé; Barbara Hannigan takes Mahler at his word; and Antonio Pappano makes a thriller of Puccini’s final opera

Fiona Maddocks

18, Mar, 2023 @12:30 PM

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LSO/Pappano review – a serving of big-boned late-romantic symphonism
Barbican, London
Pappano leads the LSO with terrifying finesse for Coleridge-Taylor, Strauss and Liszt works, in anticipation of his new role as chief conductor in 2024

Flora Willson

13, Feb, 2023 @1:59 PM

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Katya Kabanova review – Rattle and Majeski capture the rapture and chaos of Janáček’s turbulent love story
The LSO are on ravishing form, perfectly blending the lyricism and intensity of the score, while the whole cast deliver singing of the highest calibre

Tim Ashley

13, Jan, 2023 @7:54 AM

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If These Walls Could Sing review – mystery tour of Abbey Road Studios
Mary McCartney’s documentary about the legendary home to the Beatles’ and many other stars’ recordings is an enjoyable diversion

Peter Bradshaw

03, Jan, 2023 @9:00 AM

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LSO/Thomas review – African American composers in the spotlight
Joel Thompson and Carlos Simon mixed music with urgent speech while Wynton Marsalis’s concerto liberated the tuba from its bridesmaid role

Erica Jeal

07, Nov, 2022 @12:57 PM

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‘It’s OK to take risks in concerts because there it’s safe to do so’: Conductor Daniel Harding on his double life as an airline pilot
He’s been on the podium with the world’s leading orchestras but, he says, his new parallel career flying for Air France has taught him things he never learned in 30 years of music making

Hugo Shirley

03, Nov, 2022 @6:15 PM

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Scramble for new royal figureheads begins among Britain’s arts organisations
Britain’s creative institutions are poised to compete for the most familiar faces to act as patrons – and maximise potential funding

Vanessa Thorpe Arts and media correspondent

18, Sep, 2022 @11:00 AM

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LSO/Rattle review – final season opens with British programme that sparkles
Elgar’s second symphony, sharp and startling and with its slow movement dedicated to a recently departed monarch, was paired with Frank Bridge and new music by Daniel Kidane for a vivid opening concert

Andrew Clements

12, Sep, 2022 @1:25 PM

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The week in classical: The Dream of Gerontius, Bach’s Mass in B minor and Nathan Laube at the Proms
Jamie Barton and Allan Clayton lead a dream Gerontius in a week of choral epics at the Proms. Elsewhere, deep listening and silence…

Fiona Maddocks

03, Sep, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Benedict Cruft obituary
Other lives: Violinist with a passion for Bach who became dean of music at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Brian Elias

22, Aug, 2022 @2:42 PM

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LSO/Rattle review – transatlantic glitz and lithe elegance
Simon Rattle once again showed his affinity with Haydn before a distinct second half featuring a London premiere of John Adams and extrovert Gershwin works

Andrew Clements

13, Jun, 2022 @10:23 AM

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