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Pietari Inkinen © Nguyen Phuong
London

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra makes a rare visit to London

By , 12 April 2019
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Ben Griffiths performs Dark with Excessive Bright © Nick Rutter
London

Paradise Regained: a heavenly evening with Aurora

By , 05 April 2019
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Louis Schwizgebel © Marco Borggreve
Belfast

Franck’s Aeolian winds usher in Saint-Säens and Elgar to Belfast

By , 05 April 2019
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David Parry © Marco Borrelli
London

A study in romance: David Parry and the LPO perform Mendelssohn, Chopin and Elgar

By , 08 February 2019
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Donald Runnicles © Simon Pauly
Zürich

The body as a baton: Donald Runnicles conducts a stellar programme in Zurich

By , 21 November 2018
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Sheku Kanneh-Mason © Lars Borges
Liverpool

C’est magnifique: Ravel in the hands of Andrew Manze

By , 08 November 2018
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Hallé and Sir Mark Elder bring to life Don Quixote and Elgar 2 in Manchester

By , 25 October 2018
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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
London

Rachmaninov with an authentic Russian flavour at Cadogan Hall

By , 04 October 2018
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Miah Persson and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 62: An orchestral kaleidoscope from Petrenko and the RLPO

By , 29 August 2018
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Pekka Kuusisto and the BBC SO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 47: a searing new violin ‘concerto’ from Philip Venables... and Bartók

By , 17 August 2018
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Sheku Kanneh-Mason outside the Usher Hall © Ryan Buchanan
Edinburgh

Sheku Kanneh-Mason makes his EIF debut playing Elgar's Cello Concerto

By , 17 August 2018
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Daniel Barenboim © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 43: Between two worlds with Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

By , 14 August 2018
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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Cleveland

Vasily Petrenko crafts a fresh approach in Cleveland

By , 10 August 2018
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Nigel Short © Susan Porter-Thomas
Perth

Tenebrae weaves a mesmerising spell at Perth Festival of the Arts

By , 22 May 2018
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Jonas Kaufmann © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Jonas Kaufmann sings the Four Last Songs in recital at the Barbican

By , 19 May 2018
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Kirill Karabits © Denis Manokha
Dublin

Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra deliver a bittersweet Walton Symphony no. 1

By , 10 May 2018
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George Li © Simon Fowler
Lucerne

The showy and the sublime: George Li and Juanjo Mena in Lucerne

By , 02 May 2018
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Pinchas Zukerman © Cheryl Mazak
London

RPO and Pinchas Zukerman deliver safe as houses repertoire

By , 26 April 2018
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Susanna Mälkki © Simon Fowler
London

From Sibelius to Giguère, Mälkki returns to the LSO with versatility

By , 15 April 2018
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Steven Isserlis © Satoshi Aoyagi
London

Intense Elgar from Isserlis, with the RPO woodwinds as equal stars of the show

By , 04 April 2018
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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Benjamin Ealovega
Birmingham

A stroll, a ship and a symphony: three very different musical journeys in Birmingham

By , 29 March 2018
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Sir Andrew Davis © Lucas Dawson
Melbourne

Sir Andrew Davis leads Elgar’s Gerontius in Melbourne

By , 08 March 2018
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Diana Damrau © Rebecca Fay
London

Heavenly Strauss from Damrau, but leaden-footed Brahms from the LPO

By , 03 March 2018
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Nikolaj Znaider © Lars Gundersen
Cleveland

Znaider and The Cleveland Orchestra majestic in Beethoven and Elgar

By , 01 March 2018
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Nathalie Stutzmann © Simon Fowler
Dublin

An exhilarating concert of Lalo, Elgar and Beethoven

By , 23 February 2018
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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
London

One thousand and one delights from the LPO and Petrenko in Scheherazade

By , 23 February 2018
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Energy and eloquence from Elder and the LSO in Elgar's Second Symphony

By , 11 February 2018
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Symphonic grandeur and two curious farewells from Elder and LSO

By , 08 February 2018
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Sir Andrew Davis © Lucas Dawson
Manchester

Golden glow in Sir Andrew Davis' Sibelius 1 with the BBC Philharmonic

By , 27 January 2018
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Cristian Măcelaru © Sorin Popa
Manchester

Nostalgia, despair and triumph with Cristian Măcelaru

By , 25 January 2018
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Long Yu © Askonas Holt
Hong Kong

Variations of tension, energy and contrast with Long Yu and the Hong Kong Phil

By , 15 December 2017
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Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Yannick Nézet-Séguin © François Goupil
Paris

As English as roast beef: Nézet-Séguin and L'Orchestre Métropolitain bring Elgar to Paris

By , 03 December 2017
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Vilde Frang © Marco Borggreve
Birmingham

Sublimely lyrical Beethoven in Birmingham under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

By , 16 November 2017
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Edward Gardner conducts the Philharmonia at The Anvil © Camilla Greenwell
Basingstoke

Gardner brings Elgar vividly to life in Basingstoke

By , 04 November 2017
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Vladimir Ashkenazy © Keith Saunders
Cleveland

Vladimir Ashkenazy returns to Severance Hall for Elgar's Enigma Variations

By , 03 November 2017
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Mark Bebbington © Rama Knight
London

English jewels in the European crown: Wordsworth and the RPO at Cadogan Hall

By , 01 November 2017
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Peter Oundjian © Sian Richards
Edinburgh

Elgar and the Rite open Oundjian's final RSNO season

By , 06 October 2017
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Sir Simon Rattle © Doug Peters | PA Wire
London

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

By , 14 September 2017
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Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Prom 51: Hearty Elgar from Oramo and the BBCSO

By , 22 August 2017
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Members of the Bergen Philharmonic © Oddleiv Apneseth
Edinburgh

Vibrant performances from one of Europe’s oldest orchestras in Edinburgh

By , 12 August 2017
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Ryan Wigglesworth © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Prom 32: Four centuries of British music from Ryan Wigglesworth and the BBC NOW

By , 09 August 2017
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Benjamin Northey © Ross Calia
Melbourne

Fraternity and frivolity: from Bizet to Elgar in Melbourne

By , 28 July 2017
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Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 13: a warm, if fatiguing, tribute to Sir Malcolm Sargent

By , 24 July 2017
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A Child of our Time at the Three Choirs Festival © Michael Whitefoot
Worcester

Questioning the quintessence of Britain: Elgar, Britten and Tippett at the Three Choirs Festival

By , 22 July 2017
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Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 4: Great Birtwistle and Elgar from Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin

By , 16 July 2017
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Daniel Barenboim © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 2: A love letter from Berlin as Barenboim and the Staatskapelle make Elgar their own

By , 15 July 2017
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Simone Young © Reto Klar
London

English National Opera presents a fervent Gerontius at the Southbank Centre

By , 01 July 2017
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Alexander Kniazev © Istanbul Music Festival
Istanbul

Brahms and Elgar – Russian Style: Alexander Kniazev in Istanbul

By , 10 June 2017
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Tadaaki Otaka © Masahide Sato
London

Walton's First Symphony still blazes at the RFH

By , 06 June 2017
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Peter Oundjian, Maxim Vengerov and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra © Prague Spring | Petra Hajská
Prague

At Prague Spring, a legacy comes home

By , 19 May 2017
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