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Sir Thomas Allen with the Inquisition © Mark Allan
London

Missing too many bullseyes: Bernstein's Candide semi-staged by the LSO

By , 08 December 2018
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Dorothea Röschmann, Rafael Payare and the BBCSO © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Shostakovich 5 triumphs – or not – with BBCSO and Rafael Payare

By , 07 December 2018
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Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Requiem: Remembrance connections explored by Ian Bostridge and Antonio Pappano

By , 05 December 2018
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Martyn Brabbins © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Fury, passion and loss from Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

By , 30 November 2018
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Kristjan Järvi and the London Symphony Orchestra © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Divine Geometry measures up under Kristjan Järvi

By , 29 November 2018
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Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
London

Russian pyrotechnics and robust Anglican religion contrast in BBC SO programme

By , 15 November 2018
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François-Xavier Roth © Holger Talinski
London

From sunrise to dreamy afternoons: orchestral sorcery from François-Xavier Roth and the LSO

By , 14 November 2018
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Gautier Capuçon © Catherine Pluchart
London

Chameleon colours from Batiashvili, Capuçon and Thibaudet at the Barbican

By , 12 November 2018
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Ashley Riches and Louise Alder © BBC | Jamie Simonds
London

The Silver Tassie makes a triumphant return

By , 10 November 2018
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Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

MacMillan première outgunned by Shostakovich at the Barbican

By , 04 November 2018
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Gianandrea Noseda © Steve Sherman
London

Passionate Shostakovich from Noseda and the LSO

By , 01 November 2018
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Robert Ames and London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

An apocalyptic spectacle from Robert Ames and the LCO

By , 31 October 2018
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Maxim Emelyanychev © Jean-Baptiste Millot
London

A Serse like no other from Maxim Emelyanychev and Il pomo d'oro

By , 26 October 2018
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Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider © Lars Gundersen
London

A memorable and thrilling debut for Philippe Jordan with the LSO

By , 25 October 2018
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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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