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Harrison Ball in Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes © Erin Baiano
New York City

NYCB's eclectic program worth the three hours

By , 11 May 2019
*****
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Sir Simon Rattle conducts the LSO © Doug Peters | PA Wire
London

Razzle-dazzle from Rattle and the LSO

By , 05 May 2019
*****
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David Zinman © Priska Ketterer
Antwerp

The American Dream still lives in Antwerp

By , 03 May 2019
****1
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Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig
London

Another classic Rattle/LSO programme impresses

By , 01 May 2019
*****
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John Adams © Vern Evans
Los Angeles

Must the Devil have all the good tunes? John Adams' concerto premieres at the LA Phil

By , 07 March 2019
***11
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Girls of the Golden West © Ruth Walz
Amsterdam

Adams’ dark Gold Rush opera arrives in Amsterdam

By , 28 February 2019
***11
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John Adams © Vern Evans
Los Angeles

Starman dimmed? Glass’ latest Bowie/Eno opus proves no Life on Mars

By , 10 January 2019
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John Adams conducts The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
Cleveland

Adams conducts Adams (and Copland) in Cleveland

By , 29 November 2018
*****
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Elizabeth Atherton © Kiran Ridley
Liverpool

Varied sounds of America expertly played in Liverpool under Robert Spano

By , 29 November 2018
****1
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NYCB in Matthew Neenan’s The Exchange, in costumes by Gareth Pugh © Paul Kolnik
New York City

Three World Premieres at New York City Ballet Deliver Much-Needed Jolt

By , 06 October 2018
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Hugo Ticciati © Marco Borggreve
London

Hugo Ticciati and O/Modernt completely infectious at Kings Place

By , 21 September 2018
*****
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Dores André and Ulrik Birkkjaer in Peck's Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet’s dazzling “Bright Fast Cool Blue”

By , 13 February 2018
*****
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Davóne Tines (Ned Peters), Julia Bullock (Dame Shirley) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

The dark side of the gold: John Adams' Girls of the Golden West gets its world première in San Francisco

By , 21 November 2017
****1
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The Joffrey Ballet performs Alexander Ekman's Joy © Cheryl Mann
Berkeley

The bold and beautiful Joffrey Ballet

By , 17 November 2017
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James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega
Edinburgh

James Ehnes excels in Edinburgh with Beethoven's Violin Concerto

By , 13 October 2017
****1
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Danny Driver and Melvyn Tan © ICA Media
London

Impressive line-up graces the London Piano Festival

By , 07 October 2017
*****
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Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 69: A concert of two halves from Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

By , 04 September 2017
***11
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Tuba player Sasha Koushk-Jalali from The Multi-Story Orchestra © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Proms at... Bold Tendencies Multi-Storey Carpark

By , 26 August 2017
*****
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Marianne Crebassa © Thomas Bartel
London

Prom 24: A monumental assault on the senses from Crebassa, Salonen and Philharmonia

By , 02 August 2017
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Igor Levit and the BBC Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 1: Fuel to the Proms fire on the First Night

By , 14 July 2017
****1
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Andrew Mogrelia © Matthew Washburn
Sydney

The Times They Are a-Changin': Nixon Tapes in Sydney

By , 05 June 2017
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John Adams takes a bow after conducting his opera, ‘Dr Atomic’ © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Death, destroyer of worlds: John Adams conducts Doctor Atomic at the Barbican

By , 25 April 2017
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Sophie Martin and Victor Zarallo in Bryan Arias' Motion of Displacement © Andy Ross
New York City

Scottish Ballet on tour: Poetry, Prose and Neoclassicism in New York

By , 11 April 2017
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Yo-Yo Ma, Alan Gilbert, New York Philharmonic © Chris Lee
London

Yo-Yo Ma fascinates in Salonen's new concerto, while the NY Phil powers through Adams

By , 02 April 2017
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Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic perform Absolute Jest © Chris Lee
London

Beethovenian japes and sleepy Berlioz: New York Philharmonic continues its Barbican residency

By , 01 April 2017
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Kelley O'Connor © Steve J Sherman
New York City

The Gospel According to David Robertson and the St Louis Symphony Orchestra

By , 31 March 2017
****1
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Yo-Yo Ma © Michael O'Neill
New York City

Yo-Yo Ma champions Salonen's new Cello Concerto with the New York Philharmonic

By , 16 March 2017
****1
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Dores Andre in Arthur Pita's Salome © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

Arthur Pita’s Salome for San Francisco Ballet is both sexy and sinister

By , 09 March 2017
****1
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Esa-Pekka Salonen and Yo-Yo Ma with the Chicago Symphony © Anne Ryan
Chicago

Yo-Yo Ma and Chicago Symphony bring Salonen’s new Cello Concerto to life

By , 09 March 2017
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Leila Josefowicz © Chris Lee
Chicago

Salonen and Josefowicz riveting in Chicago première of Adams’ Scheherazade.2

By , 02 March 2017
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John Adams © Vern Evans
Amsterdam

Nixon in China returns to Amsterdam

By , 11 February 2017
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Marina Piccinini © Marco Borggreve
London

Intriguing exploration of American adventurers from the London Philharmonic Orchestra

By , 11 February 2017
****1
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John Adams © Christine Alicino
Berlin

The New American Gospel: John Adams in Berlin

By , 27 January 2017
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Andrés Orozco-Estrada © Martin Sigmund
Houston

Adams' Doctor Atomic ignites Houston Symphony

By , 27 January 2017
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Leila Josefowicz © Chris Lee
London

An admirable aptness: Adams, Josefowicz and the LSO in Scheherazade.2

By , 08 December 2016
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John Adams © Vern Evans
London

An alternative Nativity at the Barbican: John Adams' El Niño

By , 04 December 2016
***11
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Alan Gilbert © Chris Lee | New York Philharmonic
Berlin

Rides in a fast machine: precision-engineered Adams, Bartók and Tchaikovsky from Alan Gilbert and the Berlin Phil

By , 02 December 2016
****1
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Hanna Husáhr (Pat Nixon), Ola Eliasson (Richard Nixon) © Markus Gårder
Stockholm

Thoughtfully directed, superbly played: Nixon in China in Stockholm

By , 29 October 2016
****1
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Pedja Muzijevic © Jacob Blickenstaff
Atlanta

Polite Mozart, powerful Shostakovich in Atlanta

By , 06 October 2016
***11
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Garrick Ohlsson © Paul Body
Atlanta

Technical brilliance: Ohlsson's Rachmaninov an Atlanta highlight

By , 22 September 2016
***11
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Dennis Russell Davies © Reinhard Winkler
Berlin

Bruckner and the Minimalists at the Berlin Konzerthaus

By , 16 July 2016
****1
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Sarah Tynan © Mark Allan
Snape

Starting as you mean to go on: Britten's Les Illuminations at Aldeburgh Festival

By , 10 June 2016
*****
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Julian Rachlin © Julia Wesely
Budapest

Budapest Spring Festival opens with rapturous rendition of Bartók’s Viola Concerto

By , 08 April 2016
*****
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Sofianne Sylve in Scarlett's Fearful Symmetries © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet's Program 2: Witty, Fun and Not So Witty or Fun

By , 27 January 2016
***11
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Augustin Hadelich © Rosalie O'Connor
Chicago

A look back, a look forward from Edo de Waart in Chicago

By , 12 November 2015
****1
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Leila Josefowicz © Chris Lee
London

Defiant tales: a Scheherazade for our times from John Adams

By , 29 October 2015
****1
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John Adams © Margaretta Mitchell
Amsterdam

A very political concerto: John Adams' Scheherazade.2 in Amsterdam

By , 15 October 2015
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Michael Tilson Thomas © Art Streiber
Edinburgh

Thrilling Adams and Mahler from Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony

By , 27 August 2015
****1
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Arvo Volmer © Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
São Paulo

Echoes from past and present: Volmer and the OSESP present Sibelius, Adams and Beethoven

By , 15 August 2015
****1
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The Firebird at the Ten Pieces Prom © BBC | Guy Levy
London

Proms 2 & 3: Ten Pieces a hit with young audience

By , 19 July 2015
****1
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