Mark Elder

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The future of the arts: ‘The classical music world has been transfigured’
Our critic mainlines Tudor polyphony and talks to performers, conductors and composers longing for the return of communal music-making

Fiona Maddocks

21, Jun, 2020 @11:00 AM

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Covid-19 has silenced choirs – we must find a way to restart singing together | Letter
Letters: Britain’s once vibrant choral landscape faces an uncertain future, write Bob Chilcott, John Rutter, Sarah Connolly and other music directors, conductors and composers


16, Jun, 2020 @5:24 PM

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The Guardian view on the danger for the arts: action is needed now | Editorial
Editorial: After three months of silence, Oliver Dowden must do more than issue vague reassurances


10, Jun, 2020 @5:27 PM

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UK orchestras may not survive coronavirus pandemic, conductors warn
Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Mark Elder write open letter about challenges musicians face

Mark Brown

10, Jun, 2020 @12:27 PM

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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos 4 & 6 review | Andrew Clements's classical album of the month
Mark Elder and the Hallé bring a sympathetic, powerful character to Sibelius’s enigmatic symphonies

Andrew Clements

13, Feb, 2020 @3:00 PM

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Home listening: a world premiere recording for… Puccini
Mark Elder conducts a star cast in the original one-act version of Le Willis. Plus, a thrilling new account of Bluebeard’s Castle

Fiona Maddocks

13, Oct, 2019 @4:30 AM

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The week in classical: A Man of Good Hope; Faust; Parsifal – review
South Africa’s shape-shifting Isango Ensemble find joy in a painful story

Fiona Maddocks

20, Apr, 2019 @2:00 PM

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Edinburgh festival sets contemporary tone amid 'darker' political themes
Director says 2019 lineup reveals artists’ attempts ‘not to go mad in the world at the moment’

Severin Carrell Scotland editor

27, Mar, 2019 @10:00 AM

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Siegfried review – roaring jubilation and radiant beauty from Elder and the Hallé
Elder is a superb Wagnerian, drawing a tremendous performance from the Hallé and vivid power from soloists in this semi-staging of the Ring-cycle opera

Tim Ashley

04, Jun, 2018 @11:43 AM

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Das Rheingold CD review – Hallé bring the drama where patchy protagonists don't
In a new CD of their series of concert versions of The Ring cycle, the Hallé’s Rheingold has more drama and intensity than the singers at times

Andrew Clements

31, May, 2018 @1:00 PM

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National Youth Orchestra/Elder review – operatic army brings Bartók to life
This staging of Bluebeard’s Castle, involving doors, light tubes and more than 150 musicians, was a glorious orchestral display and a sumptuous sonic treat

Andrew Clements

07, Jan, 2018 @3:29 PM

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The top 10 classical shows of 2017
A magisterial Monteverdi cycle, Oliver Knussen’s adventures in haiku – and a hero’s return for Simon Rattle. Our critic picks his highlights

Andrew Clements

18, Dec, 2017 @6:00 AM

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