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Jaime Martín © Alexander Lindström
London

It's party time, folks, with Jaime Martín and the LSO

By , 21 October 2018
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Martin Fröst, Sakari Oramo and the BBCSP © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Powerful Prokofiev and charming Copland from Sakari Oramo and the BBCSO

By , 17 October 2018
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Cristian Măcelaru © Sorin Popa
London

Psychedelic musical bestiary meets Beethoven at Barbican Hall

By , 05 October 2018
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Caitlin Hulcup and Rowan Pierce © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Stark and grief-stricken: Dido and Aeneas at the Barbican

By , 02 October 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Something special in the air: Rattle and the LSO in energetic Sibelius 5

By , 19 September 2018
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Allan Clayton, Elizabeth Watts, Simon Rattle, Alice Coote and the LSO © Doug Peters | PA Wire
London

The Bohemians and Britten: Simon Rattle and the LSO launch their season

By , 18 September 2018
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Leonidas Kavakos, Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Ax/Kavakos/Ma: An all-star afternoon of Brahms at the Barbican

By , 09 September 2018
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Gianandrea Noseda © Steve J Sherman
London

Precision and abandon in the LSO's Shostakovich

By , 24 June 2018
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Yuja Wang © Ian Douglas
London

Intimacy and brilliant showmanship from Yuja Wang at the Barbican

By , 05 June 2018
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Kirill Petrenko © Wilfried Hösl
London

No peace for the wicked: a striking Mahler 7 from Petrenko and his Bavarians

By , 01 June 2018
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Thomas Adès © Brian Voce
London

Conquests and countryside: Barry and Beethoven at the Barbican

By , 24 May 2018
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Nicolas Hodges © Eric Richmond
London

Battles won and drawn: Beethoven and Barry from the Britten Sinfonia

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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Daniele Rustioni © Davide Cerati
London

A vibrant Mediterranean tableau from Daniele Rustioni and Avi Avital

By , 09 May 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle © Johann Sebastian Hanel
London

Musical endgames with Rattle and the LSO

By , 22 April 2018
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Maxim Vengerov © Benjamin Ealovega
London

The many faces of Brahms: Maxim Vengerov and Polina Osetinskaya at the Barbican

By , 16 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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Evgeny Kissin © Felix Broede
London

The lion roars: Evgeny Kissin at the Barbican

By , 29 March 2018
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François-Xavier Roth © Holger Talinski
London

Alert and refined: LSO on top form under François-Xavier Roth

By , 25 March 2018
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Gardiner and LSO make a welcome return with Schumann concerto

By , 15 March 2018
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Luca Pisaroni (Argante) and Joelle Harvey (Almirena) © Robert Workman
London

Handel’s calling card Rinaldo still opening doors three centuries on

By , 13 March 2018
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducting the LSO in Essen © Sven Lorenz
London

Spellbinding Schumann and Berlioz from Gardiner and the LSO at the Barbican

By , 11 March 2018
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Laurence Equilbey conducts Insula Orchestra © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Successful resurrection of Farrenc's Third Symphony by Insula Orchestra

By , 08 March 2018
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Alina Ibragimova © Eva Vermandel
London

Concertos for orchestra: the LSO in Brahms, Dutilleux and Ravel

By , 22 February 2018
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Michael Mayes (Joseph de Rocher) © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Crime, punishment, forgiveness, redemption: Dead Man Walking finally reaches London

By , 20 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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Mischa Maisky and Martha Argerich © Tom Howard | Barbican
London

Majoring in the minor: Jansen, Maisky and Argerich at the Barbican

By , 06 February 2018
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Semyon Bychkov © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

A triumphant Mahler 2 of operatic intensity from Bychkov and the LSO

By , 04 February 2018
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Paul Watkins © Nina Large
London

Totally committed Finzi and inspired Shostakovich from Sir Andrew Davis and the BBCSO

By , 02 February 2018
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Vadim Gluzman performs Bernstein’s Serenade with the BBC Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Mark Allan
London

From Plato to Voltaire: the BBCSO’s Bernstein

By , 27 January 2018
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François-Xavier Roth © Marco Borggreve
London

Essential and elusive Debussy from the LSO and François-Xavier Roth

By , 25 January 2018
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Riccardo Chailly © G. Gori | Filarmonica della Scala
London

Taking flight from the Scala pit: Riccardo Chailly and the Filarmonica della Scala on tour

By , 24 January 2018
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François-Xavier Roth © François Sechet
London

The Young Debussy: Roth and the LSO open their miniature festival in style

By , 21 January 2018
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María Toledo in El amor brujo © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Josep Pons and the BBCSO bring Spanish heat to an operatic double-bill

By , 19 January 2018
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Isabelle Faust © Molina Visuals
London

A masterwork of elegiac introspection from Isabelle Faust and Alban Berg

By , 14 January 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle © Mark Allan/Barbican/LSO
London

Entertaining resurrection of a Hollywood oddity by Rattle and the LSO

By , 13 January 2018
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Magdalena Kožená © Oleg Rostovtsev
London

From Rameau to Mahler: Rattle and Kožená entertain in wide-ranging LSO programme

By , 11 January 2018
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Anu Komsi © Maarit Kyt
London

Affirmative end to Sakari Oramo's BBCSO Sibelius cycle

By , 06 January 2018
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Richard Egarr © Marco Borggreve
London

No ordinary Messiah at the Barbican

By , 20 December 2017
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Sir Simon Rattle © Doug Peters | PA Wire
London

Big city alienation and love in the LSO's Bernstein 100 season

By , 16 December 2017
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Christian Gerhaher © Jim Rakete | Sony Classical
London

Rattle brings out the LSO's brilliance in Das Lied von der Erde

By , 13 December 2017
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Nikolaj Znaider © Lars Gundersen
London

Znaider concludes his Mozart cycle with the LSO in style

By , 07 December 2017
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Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Celebrating Finnish nationhood with the BBCSO and Oramo

By , 06 December 2017
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Sol Gabetta and Cecilia Bartoli © Esther Hasse | Decca
London

Dolce Duello: Cecilia Bartoli and Sol Gabetta in Baroque sparring at the Barbican

By , 01 December 2017
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Lisa Batiashvili © Amy Hart | Deutsche Grammophon
London

Fire and ice: striking Sibelius and stunning Hillborg from Oramo, Batiashvili and the BBCSO

By , 29 November 2017
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Alice Sara Ott © Jonas Becker
London

Infernal Liszt: Alice Sara Ott, Antonio Pappano and a Faustian pact

By , 26 November 2017
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Mariss Jansons conducts the Bavarian RSO © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

A golden evening for Mariss Jansons and his BRSO at the Barbican

By , 24 November 2017
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Thomas Søndergård © Martin Bubandt
London

An evening of orchestral brilliance with Søndergård and the BBCSO

By , 23 November 2017
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Cosmic Pulses © Mark Allan
London

Mind-blowing Stockhausen stuns a full house at the Barbican

By , 20 November 2017
*****
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