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The week in classical: The Valkyrie; Sacconi Quartet review – at the mercy of the gods
Indisposed singers, doused flames and musical longueurs aside, it’s way too early to dismiss Richard Jones’s new ENO Ring cycle

Fiona Maddocks

27, Nov, 2021 @12:30 PM

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Stephen Hough: ‘Music is not just icing on the cake. It’s the cake itself. It’s human life’
The pianist on playing to an empty Wigmore Hall, his novel about sex and priests, and being fingerprinted for working visas post-Brexit

Fiona Maddocks

21, Nov, 2021 @9:30 AM

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The week in classical: HMS Pinafore; 12 Ensemble – review
The ENO delights with a lavish staging of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera, while the conductor-less string group tackle Max Richter’s mesmerising take on Vivaldi

Fiona Maddocks

06, Nov, 2021 @12:30 PM

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Classical home listening: Lea Desandre’s Amazone; Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle
Desandre flies in a vivacious baroque programme, while a new edition of Rossini’s late work is small but perfectly formed

Fiona Maddocks

06, Nov, 2021 @12:00 PM

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The week in classical: Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Sol Gabetta; La traviata – review
The singular violin-cello duo turn music into exhilarating conversation. And the father of all Germonts dazzles at Covent Garden

Fiona Maddocks

30, Oct, 2021 @11:30 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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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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The week in classical: Music of Today; Rites: Philharmonia/Rouvali; Amadigi; Venus and Adonis
Santtu-Matias Rouvali’s first season with the Philharmonia gets off to a flying start alongside compatriot Pekka Kuusisto

Fiona Maddocks

09, Oct, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Classical home listening: Steven Isserlis, Beatrice Rana and more
Isserlis rediscovers gems from Britten to Adès; Rana is fearless in lockdown Chopin; and Christopher Nupen is in the spotlight

Fiona Maddocks

09, Oct, 2021 @11:00 AM

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The week in classical: Jenůfa; West Wycombe chamber music festival; The Midsummer Marriage
Janáček’s rapturous masterpiece and a top cast withstand the Royal Opera’s rigid new production

Fiona Maddocks

02, Oct, 2021 @11:30 AM

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The week in classical: Berlin Philharmonic/ Petrenko; Partenope at the Lucerne festival
Mesmerising Schubert and sparkling Handel were highlights at this year’s ‘crazy’ Swiss festival

Fiona Maddocks

11, Sep, 2021 @11:30 AM

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