Articles by Simon Cummings

Simon Cummings

This is Rattle: music from past and present transfigured and made radical

By , 17 September 2017
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Gravity and explosives at the Three Choirs Festival

By , 31 July 2017
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Frank Beermann and the Philharmonia bring mischief and melancholia to the Three Choirs Festival

By , 27 July 2017
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Questioning the quintessence of Britain: Elgar, Britten and Tippett at the Three Choirs Festival

By , 23 July 2017
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Ecstatically uncomfortable: a revelatory, risk-taking Turangalîla in Birmingham

By , 27 May 2017
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The film music of John Williams: the makings of an aesthetic

By , 17 May 2017
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Skin-deep and saccharine: a one-dimensional performance from Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall

By , 17 May 2017
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Pulling shapes: Edward Gardner and the CBSO triumph in Haydn and Mahler 5

By , 14 April 2017
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Shadows and energy, ghosts and pomposity at Tallinn’s Estonia Concert Hall

By , 10 April 2017
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Plumbing subterranean depths at the hands of John Malkovich’s imagined malevolent dictator

By , 23 March 2017
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Polish Baltic Philharmonic tackles a traumatised concerto, a lobotomised symphony and a hermetically-sealed divertimento

By , 01 September 2016
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Romps, romance and risk at the Berwaldhallen from the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

By , 31 August 2016
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Putting a gloss on suffering: a frustrating operatic start to the Baltic Sea Festival from Sven-David Sandström

By , 31 August 2016
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Mahler 8: Three Choirs Festival goes out in a flawed blaze of glory

By , 31 July 2016
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Fire and beauty, tears and triumph: Berlioz’s Requiem at the Three Choirs Festival

By , 28 July 2016
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Mixed messages and mixed results from the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

By , 20 April 2016
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Spring in Tallinn: sexy swagger and emotional devastation

By , 19 April 2016
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Defiant but non-confrontational: Nordic Affect at the Estonian Music Days

By , 18 April 2016
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When Death came a-calling: Mahler 10 at Symphony Hall

By , 02 April 2016
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Staring into the void: bravery and beauty from Britten Sinfonia and Voices

By , 21 March 2016
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