Classical music

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Seong-Jin Cho review – in search of personality amid the virtuosity
The South Korean winner of the 2015 Chopin piano competition reprised the brilliance of that win but his dazzling technique can shade out emotion

Andrew Clements

26, Oct, 2021 @12:15 PM

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Adelaide festival launches 2022 program with a free open-air spectacular and international acts
Rock music legends Icehouse and an African chamber ensemble are among the acts featuring at Australia’s premier arts festival

Kelly Burke

26, Oct, 2021 @12:59 AM

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The week in classical: Oxford Lieder festival; Colin Currie Group premieres Steve Reich
Absolutely nothing is off-limits as Oxford’s fearless festival of song hits 20. And Steve Reich at 85 explores the road less travelled

Fiona Maddocks

23, Oct, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Bernard Haitink’s direct, refined conducting made him a true master
Critics argued his choice of repertoire was narrow, but the late conductor’s interpretations of mainstream symphonies are justly revered for their sincerity and solidity

Andrew Clements

22, Oct, 2021 @4:03 PM

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Philharmonia/Labèque Sisters review – intensive immersion in Philip Glass
Replacing a live-accompanied screening of Koyaanisqatsi, this programme was intoxicating, thrilling and clearly exhausting to perform

Flora Willson

22, Oct, 2021 @11:36 AM

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Liza Lim: Singing in Tongues review | Andrew Clements's classical album of the week
Working with the excellent Australian ensemble Elision, the set is a superb demonstration of Lim’s originality

Andrew Clements

21, Oct, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Colin Currie Group review – joyous celebration of Steve Reich
Built around a new piece by the 85-year-old composer unlike anything he has written before, this was an exhilarating occasion

Andrew Clements

21, Oct, 2021 @8:28 AM

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‘A conductor needs to be a psychologist’: Santtu-Matias Rouvali’s big plans for the Philharmonia
He hunts all his own food, unwinds in the sauna, and yearns to play with the Rolling Stones. Meet the Philharmonia’s new principal conductor, a dynamic, 35-year-old Finn

Imogen Tilden

19, Oct, 2021 @3:02 PM

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The Gondoliers review – a picture-postcard Gilbert and Sullivan from Scottish Opera
The company celebrated its return to the Theatre Royal with some good old-fashioned – if not downright antiquated – fun and frivolity

Rowena Smith

17, Oct, 2021 @12:41 PM

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The week in classical: Fidelio; Gabriela Montero – review
The introduction of a new character does Beethoven’s great opera no favours. Elsewhere, there’s breathtaking invention – with a little help from Charlie Chaplin

Fiona Maddocks

16, Oct, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Classical home listening: Quatuor Ébène and the Gesualdo Six
The French quartet play late-night Schoenberg, jazz and more, while Josquin is the springboard for Owain Park and his crack vocal ensemble

Fiona Maddocks

16, Oct, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Amazônia in concert review – bringing the sights and sounds of the Amazon to life
Sebastião Salgado’s photographs of the rainforest combined with music with Amazonian connections in this powerful and moving concert featuring the Britten Sinfonia under Simone Menezes

Andrew Clements

15, Oct, 2021 @10:49 AM

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