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LPO/Stutzmann review – confrontations with mortality honour London's terror victims

Royal Festival Hall, London Nathalie Stutzmann, conducting with great insight, dedicated the evening to victims of the Westminster attack. It is hard to imagine a finer tribute / This haunting London Philharmonic concert, part ...

Yesterday   -  

Music education is now only for the white and the wealthy | Charlotte C Gill

Music lessons have become increasingly hard to access in schools. To enable more children to learn, we must stop teaching in such an academic way / Music education is deteriorating around the country. Despite the enormous contribution of the ...

Yesterday   -  

Facing the music: Benjamin Appl

The German baritone on out-of-tune yodelling, dancing to Robbie Williams and his first career in a bank / What was the first record or CD you bought? / Unfortunately I think I am already a dinosaur, as I grew up with ...

March 26   -  

Thomas Adès Day review – fierce, razor sharp portrait of the composer

Wigmore Hall, London Intense performances – by the Calder Quartet, BCMG and Adès himself – featured the composers works alongside influences such as Kurtág and Janáček / The Wigmore Hall’s ...

March 26   -  

Music for the 100 Years’ War CD review – the full early English

The Binchois Consort/Kirkman (Hyperion) / The mysterious and influential John Dunstaple (c1390-1453) is the best known of the composers here. His Missa Da gaudiorum premia and Veni Sancte Spiritus are highlights on a fascinating disc. ...

March 26   -  

Monteverdi, Sartorio, Rossi: La storia di Orfeo CD review – glorious Jaroussky

Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor), Emöke Baráth (soprano), I Barocchisti/Fasolis (Erato)Orpheus, with or without his lute, is one of the most resonant figures in musical history, the inspiration for dramas from Monteverdi to Birtwistle. ...

March 26   -  

Bruch: String Octet, String Quintets CD review – grace and verve

The Nash Ensemble (Hyperion) / You would never guess that these amiable, good-natured pieces were the product of Max Bruch’s declining years, or indeed that they were written at the end of the first world war, when his fellow Germans ...

March 24   -  

From Thomas Adès Day to Jonathan Biss: this week’s best classical shows

An event devoted to one of the UK’s most revered composers, and the second instalment of the pianist’s trio of concerts focuses on the work of Brahms / The latest of the Wigmore’s new music days is devoted to one of the ...

March 24   -  

Martin Crimp: ‘I wrote a play called Cruel and Tender – I hope to be both’

Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley have starred in his bleakly funny, sometimes dowright horrible plays. As The Treatment is revived at the Almeida, Martin Crimp talks about how his work can scandalise and surprise / The first volume of ...

March 23   -  

Ruth Loveday-Stanfield obituary

My mother Ruth Loveday-Stanfield, who has died aged 86, was an acclaimed concert pianist both in her own right and as an accompanist to my father, the violinist Alan Loveday. / Ruth was born in Stoke Newington, north London, to Max Steinfield, ...
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