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Alasdair Beatson © Giorgia Bertazzi
London

Mysterious and glittering machines from Alasdair Beatson at Kings Place

By , 14 November 2018
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Martin Helmchen © Giorgia Bertazzi
Baden

Creative connections in Baden: Martin Helmchen pays debt to Schumann’s genius

By , 26 October 2018
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Immer mit der Ruhe © Yannick Andrea, Davos Festival
Davos

Three concerts and the magic mountain’s Sunday rest in Davos

By , 05 August 2018
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Young musicians of the Davos Festival © Yannick Andrea | Davos Festival
Davos

Fine talents at the Davos Festival – Young Artists in Concert

By , 04 August 2018
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George Benjamin and the London Sinfonietta © BBC/Chris Christodoulou
London

Restless commemoration from George Benjamin and the London Sinfonietta

By , 21 July 2018
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Sakari Oramo conducts the BBCSO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 6: Love laid bare in a passionate Turangalîla from Oramo and the BBCSO

By , 18 July 2018
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Lars Vogt © Giorgia Bertazzi
Gateshead

A self-confident Beethoven 9 from Lars Vogt and Royal Northern Sinfonia

By , 09 June 2018
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The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni
Cleveland

Thibaudet powers through an ecstatic Turangalîla in Cleveland

By , 25 April 2018
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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Liverpool

Tremendous Turangalîla from Petrenko and the RLPO

By , 25 January 2018
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Janine Jansen © Richard Termine
New York City

Janine Jansen and Friends: unbelievable harmony at Carnegie Hall

By , 07 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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Alban Gerhardt © Kaupo Kikkas
London

Bitterness and lamentation: Shostakovich and Messiaen at St John's Smith Square

By , 14 November 2017
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Kirill Karabits © Denis Manokha
Leeds

Karabits and the Bournemouth SO bring Messiaen's “Song of Love” to Leeds

By , 07 October 2017
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Marcus Farnsworth performs Eight Songs for a Mad King © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Proms at... Wilton’s: Conference of the Birds

By , 02 September 2017
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Janine Jansen © Sara Wilson | Decca
London

Supergroup Messiaen at Wigmore Hall

By , 02 June 2017
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Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega
Birmingham

Ecstatically uncomfortable: a revelatory, risk-taking Turangalîla in Birmingham

By , 26 May 2017
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John Malkovich © Paul Sturminger
Birmingham

Plumbing subterranean depths at the hands of John Malkovich’s imagined malevolent dictator

By , 21 March 2017
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Tamara Stefanovich © Marco Borggreve
London

Breathtaking pianism: Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich at St John's Smith Square

By , 24 January 2017
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The Elbphilharmonie © Maxim Schulz
Hamburg

High up and high-end: Hamburg's dazzling new concert hall is inaugurated

By , 12 January 2017
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Kent Nagano © Felix Broede
Zürich

Kent Nagano’s startling Beethoven and Messiaen in Zurich

By , 08 January 2017
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Ludovic Morlot © Chris Lee
Seattle

Seattle begins New Year with Beethoven's Ninth

By , 07 January 2017
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Gabriela Herrera and Amelia Serra © Cortesísia Festival Internacional Cervantino
Guanajuato

No tears required: Mexico's youth triumphs in Rossini's Stabat Mater at Cervantino

By , 14 October 2016
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Yuja Wang, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Swedish Radio SO © Arne Hyckenberg
Stockholm

Romps, romance and risk at the Berwaldhallen from the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

By , 28 August 2016
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Hong Kong Sinfonietta © HK Sinfonietta Ltd
Hong Kong

Hong Kong Sinfonietta in a mixed bag of Messiaen, Mozart and Beethoven

By , 20 August 2016
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Sir Andrew Davis © Lucas Dawson
Auckland

The spiritual meets the temporal: Éclairs sur l'au-delà in Auckland

By , 09 July 2016
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Pál Mácsai and László Fassang © János Posztós, Müpa Budapest
Budapest

László Fassang: organ spectacular in Budapest

By , 21 May 2016
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Pierre-Laurent Aimard © Marco Borggreve
London

Exhilarating and engrossing: Pierre-Laurent Aimard plays Messiaen's Vingt Regards

By , 16 April 2016
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Sir Simon Rattle © London Symphony Orchestra 2012
London

Moments of Bruckner greatness from Rattle and the LSO

By , 14 April 2016
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Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic © Keith Sheriff | Barbican
London

Residency in the Celestial City: LA Phil at the Barbican

By , 23 March 2016
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Alan Gilbert © Chris Lee
New York City

For Alan Gilbert, the End of Time suggests what may be to come

By , 13 March 2016
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Pierre-Laurent Aimard © Marco Borggreve
Sydney

Aiming for the stars with Messiaen in Sydney

By , 11 March 2016
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© Clive Barda
New York City

Salonen leads brilliantly colored Turangalîla-Symphonie with the NY Phil

By , 10 March 2016
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
New York City

The Messiaen Connection; or, How to Inspire "Egg-Makers" by Esa-Pekka Salonen and musicians of the New York Philharmonic

By , 07 March 2016
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Gustavo Dudamel & Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra © Nohely Oliveros | Fundamusical Bolívar
London

A supreme love: Turangalîla-symphonie with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in London

By , 16 January 2016
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Alexandre Bloch © Askonas Holt
Vancouver

Epic journeys and divertissements: Alexandre Bloch and the Vancouver Symphony

By , 09 October 2015
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The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni | FWM
Cleveland

Messiaen and Verdi share a thorny program in Cleveland

By , 09 October 2015
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Franz Welser-Möst © Roger Mastroianni
Cleveland

Familiar and unfamiliar: Messiaen and Strauss in Cleveland Orchestra

By , 08 October 2015
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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Oslo

A little light music: Messiaen's Turangalîla-Symphonie in Oslo

By , 10 September 2015
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Peter Oundjian © Sian Richards
London

Prom 63: A harmonious mix from the RSNO and Peter Oundjian

By , 02 September 2015
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Juanjo Mena © Sussie Ahlburg
London

Prom 38: Hindu philosophy via Foulds and Messiaen excites and uplifts

By , 13 August 2015
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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet © Paul Mitchell
London

Prom 29: Dances with birdsong from the BBC Philharmonic

By , 07 August 2015
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Dai Fujikura © Ai Ueda
New York City

New York Philharmonic’s “new music from Japan” is a mixed bag

By , 05 June 2015
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Franz Welser-Möst © Roger Mastroianni
Cleveland

The Cleveland Orchestra ends its Severance Hall season with Messiaen’s austerely beautiful Chronochromie

By , 29 May 2015
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
London

Dazzling, radiant light: Debussy and Messiaen round off the Philharmonia's Paris season

By , 28 May 2015
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© Wiener Staatsoper / Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Magdalena Kožená and Mitsuko Uchida – an aptly named “Solistenabend” at the Staatsoper

By , 27 May 2015
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Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Chicago

Monster Messiaen Concludes CSO's "French Reveries and Passions" Festival

By , 21 May 2015
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Alexander Hanna and Yo-Yo Ma © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Bravura and bonhomie on display in Chicago chamber concert

By , 17 May 2015
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Tugan Sokhiev © Patrice Nin
London

Captivating Bartók and Tchaikovksy by Skride, Sokhiev and the LSO

By , 30 April 2015
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Peter Donohoe © Sussie Ahlburg
London

Messiaen's ecstatic visions: Peter Donohoe and Benjamin Frith at the Institut français

By , 28 March 2015
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Indra Thomas © Indra Thomas | Askonas Holt
Auckland

A moving Child Of Our Time concludes the Auckland Arts Festival

By , 21 March 2015
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