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Crowe/Byrne/Nordberg review – London international festival of early music: enchantment, engagement and swagger
Lucy Crowe, Liam Byrne and Jonas Nordberg performed music from the 17th and 18th centuries, and revelled in the graciousness of Errollyn Wallen’s brand new Angel Waters

Flora Willson

11, Nov, 2021 @3:52 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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LSO/Rattle review – all-British opener of stories, sparkles, shadows and bagpipes
Julian Anderson’s Exiles – premiered incomplete – and Judith Weir’s Natural History were compelling, with Lucy Crowe an engaging soloist, and Peter Maxwell Davies’s Orkney Wedding was a magnificent close to this season launch

Flora Willson

13, Sep, 2021 @2:44 PM

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Hallé/Elder/Grosvenor/Lapwood review – bold brass and formidable organ
The Hallé under Mark Elder was a charismatic match for Anna Lapwood’s viscera-quaking instrument, while Benjamin Grosvenor’s Beethoven was gracious and muscular

Flora Willson

08, Sep, 2021 @5:28 PM

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BBCSSO/Volkov/ Kopatchinskaja review – Bartók’s roots unearthed with brilliance
The band Folktone cleverly swapped notes with Patricia Kopatchinskaja before the violinist whipped up a joyous musical whirlwind of Bartók and Ligeti

Flora Willson

29, Aug, 2021 @12:42 PM

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LSO/Rattle review – all-Stravinsky programme delights near capacity crowd
Three of his strange short symphonies made for a monochrome showcase of the Russian composer, but Simon Rattle and the LSO brought energy and coherence

Flora Willson

23, Aug, 2021 @11:21 AM

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Prom 10: NYO/Benedetti/Heyward review – guts, virtuosity … and kazoos
The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain gave a ferociously committed, exuberant and exhilarating performance of Beethoven’s Third and a buzzing new piece by Laura Jurd

Flora Willson

08, Aug, 2021 @11:44 AM

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Luisa Miller review – Verdi’s dark tragedy gains focus and ferocity in stark staging
Mané Galoyan is a revelation as Luisa, a radiant presence in Christof Loy’s production with a slimmed down but still striking London Philharmonic Orchestra

Flora Willson

02, Aug, 2021 @10:04 AM

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The Dancing Master review – Arnold’s ‘bawdy’ period piece no longer shocks or awes
A resourceful staging and spirited cast can’t prevent Arnold’s 1952 opera – once declared too bawdy for broadcast – from dragging its feet

Flora Willson

14, Jul, 2021 @9:49 AM

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Dido’s Ghost/Cendrillon review – fairytale joy and a beguiling new take on Dido
Errollyn Wallen’s new opera and a forgotten work by Pauline Viardot both made strong impressions in this imaginative festival lineup

Flora Willson

13, Jul, 2021 @11:16 AM

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Kát’a Kabanová review – festival opens with sideways rain and raw, stunning Janáček
The bleakness of the May weather suited this stark new production by Damiano Michieletto, which was superbly sung and exquisitely played by the LPO under Robin Ticciati

Flora Willson

21, May, 2021 @3:09 PM

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From the sublime to the ridiculous: our critics best and worst of Wagner's Ring Cycle
Ahead of Radio 3’s broadcast of all four operas, we asked our writers which moments of the epic they love the most – and which they hope to never hear again

Tim Ashley, Andrew Clements, Rian Evans, Erica Jeal, Martin Kettle, Fiona Maddocks, Stephen Moss, Rowena Smith and Flora Willson

15, Feb, 2021 @12:01 PM

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