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Power behind the baton: the conductor who prepared Cate Blanchett for Tár
The Oscar-winning actor turned to Natalie Murray Beale to learn the conducting skills that underpin her latest film role

Vanessa Thorpe Arts and media correspondent

15, Jan, 2023 @12:00 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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Libor Pešek obituary
Musician and conductor whose generous spirit infused his recordings with orchestras across the world

Barry Millington

28, Oct, 2022 @4:44 PM

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‘With Lars Vogt, there was a collective trust and spirit of generosity between orchestra and maestro’
The Royal Northern Sinfonia’s principal oboist pays tribute to the orchestra’s much loved former music director; and, below, Ian Bostridge remembers a revelatory accompanist, an ideal chamber musician and a friend of grace and generosity

Michael O'Donnell, Ian Bostridge

06, Sep, 2022 @12:07 PM

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Tár review – Cate Blanchett is colossal as a conductor in crisis
Venice film festival: The actor is utterly magnetic as an imperious maestro in this ultra-stylish drama with a shocking climax

Peter Bradshaw

01, Sep, 2022 @3:15 PM

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Sibelius: The Symphonies and Tapiola review | Andrew Clements's classical album of the week
The prodigious young talent has an exclusive recording contract with Decca but his debut – a Sibelius symphony cycle – is frustratingly uneven

Andrew Clements

24, Mar, 2022 @3:00 PM

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CBSO/Yamada review – chief conductor-in-waiting brings spirit but not subtlety
The Japanese conductor who takes over in Birmingham next year already has a strong connection with the players; while soprano Fatma Said impressed in Mozart arias

Andrew Clements

20, Jan, 2022 @11:54 AM

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Female conductor takes the helm in first for Italian opera
Ukrainian Oksana Lyniv makes history at Bologna’s Teatro Comunale, telling young female conductors to ‘grab the opportunities’

Angela Giuffrida in Rome

02, Jan, 2022 @9:51 AM

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LPO/Mäkelä review – anticipated debut sees young Finnish conductor blend excitement with refinement
Royal Festival Hall, London
At just 25, Klaus Mäkelä combines the vivaciousness of youth with a flawless precision to startling effect, aided by an immaculate LPO

Tim Ashley

25, Nov, 2021 @6:43 PM

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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra names Kazuki Yamada as new chief conductor
Japanese musician, currently the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s principal guest conductor, will succeed Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla in April 2023

Imogen Tilden

14, Sep, 2021 @10:58 AM

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Stephen Wilkinson obituary
Charismatic conductor able to draw exceptional performances from his devoted choirs, including the BBC Northern Singers

Barry Millington

16, Aug, 2021 @11:00 AM

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‘Finally!’ Bayreuth festival gets a female conductor for first time
Oksana Lyniv conducts Wagner’s opera Flying Dutchman in front of audience including Angela Merkel

Kate Connolly in Berlin

26, Jul, 2021 @3:08 PM

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