Culture
11 June 2010
Billy BuddGlyndebourne Festival, East Sussex“The good was never perfect: there is always some defect," sings...
Culture
19 April 2010
Semyon BychkovBarbican Hall, London EC2Once, as an impecunious student, the Russian conductor Semyon Bychkov sneaked...
Culture
28 January 2010
The ruin of Hogarth's anti-hero is a story for our timesThe Rake's ProgressRoyal Opera House, London WC2With debt and...
Music and Performance
05 November 2009
Alfred Schnittke
Music and Performance
20 August 2009
Because the town of Eisenstadt in Austria was home to the composer Franz Joseph Haydn for most of his life, it has...
Culture
30 July 2009
Concocted with royalty in mind, Purcell's The Fairy Queen is a long, lavish, expensive evening's entertainment...
Music and Performance
16 July 2009
In Mozart’s day, before the artist became obsessed with the preciousness of his own creativity, composers composed in...
Music and Performance
23 April 2009
Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of VenezuelaRoyal Festival Hall, London SE1 Rather improbably, the Venezuelan youth...
Culture
12 March 2009
It is a sign of these self-reproachful times that we should even contemplate going out on the town for a show about the...
Culture
22 January 2009
Naming your operetta after an expression meaning superficial or trivial makes you a hostage to fortune. David Sawer and...
Books
11 December 2008
If nothing else, the German author Bernhard Schlink has excellent timing. The publication of his latest book, Das...
Music and Performance
09 October 2008
Large numbers visited Kings Place, London's beautiful new concert venue, during its opening week. They ambled about in...
Music and Performance
11 September 2008
If the composer Ludwig van Beethoven had a troubled life, so has the festival founded in his name which has just begun...
Culture
31 July 2008
It is customary, when the Steinway is wheeled on for a piano concerto at the Proms, for those at the front (a fiver a...
Culture
24 April 2008
It is the duty of the artist to confront, question and challenge man's nature, and Harrison Birtwistle does this...

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