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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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Charles Hazlewood: 'I’ve had the most tormented, feverish relationship with Beethoven'
The conductor on his deep connection with the composer, his love of krautrock, and why the music industry is in the dark ages when it comes to disability

Fiona Maddocks

07, Feb, 2021 @9:30 AM

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Simon Rattle to leave London Symphony Orchestra in 2023
Conductor will take up a new role with Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra for ‘personal reasons’

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

11, Jan, 2021 @3:25 PM

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First night of the Proms review – Oramo conjures hope from Beethoven
Despite their reduced numbers, the BBC Symphony Orchestra brought intensity and lyricism to the judicious first-night choice of the Eroica

Rian Evans

30, Aug, 2020 @12:40 PM

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Mahler, Michaela Coel and me: the conductor who spurned Covid to scoop a £30,000 prize
He was conducting a ballet in Düsseldorf when lockdown struck. But rising star Finnegan Downie Dear still made it his year, blazing to victory in the Mahler Conducting Competition - and creating a groundbreaking opera

Charlotte Higgins

12, Aug, 2020 @5:00 AM

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Prom 60: Vienna Phil/Ax/Haitink review – a beautiful, masterful farewell
Bernard Haitink chose Beethoven and Bruckner for his final UK concert. His flowing and authoritative interpretation of the latter’s 7th symphony foregrounded the music’s beauty but not at the expense of structure

Erica Jeal

04, Sep, 2019 @10:42 AM

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