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Find classical music concert, opera, ballet and dance reviews | Piano Concerto no. 5 in E flat major "Emperor", Op.73

Cristian Măcelaru © Sorin Popa
London

Psychedelic musical bestiary meets Beethoven at Barbican Hall

By , 05 October 2018
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Paul Lewis © Kaupo Kikkas
London

Prom 15: Gernon, Lewis and the BBC Philharmonic keep things on the move

By , 25 July 2018
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Manfred Honeck © Felix Broede
Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Symphony closes season with magnificent Beethoven and Berlioz

By , 16 June 2018
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Andrew Manze © Benjamin Ealovega
Liverpool

Hough in exemplary Beethoven before Manze’s Antarctic tour

By , 07 June 2018
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Igor Levit © Gregor Hohenberg
Vienna

From Beethoven to Shostakovich: Honeck, Levit and the Symphoniker at the Musikverein

By , 16 May 2018
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Barry Douglas © Katya Kraynova
London

Barry Douglas majestic with below par Czech National Symphony Orchestra

By , 18 April 2018
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Stuart Skelton © Simon Fernandez
Melbourne

Soloists and orchestra shine in MSO Opening Gala

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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Elisabeth Leonskaja © Julia Wesley
Edinburgh

Mediocre Beethoven but brilliant Shostakovich from the SCO

By , 01 February 2018
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Jorge Federico Osorio © Todd Rosenberg
Athens

Mulligan leads a stellar Beethoven “Emperor" Concerto

By , 28 January 2018
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Fabien Gabel © Gaëtan Bernard
Milwaukee

Glittering showpieces from Fabien Gabel and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

By , 27 January 2018
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Andrés Orozco-Estrada © Martin Sigmund
London

Heroism and darkness for the Emperor and Leningrad

By , 27 October 2017
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Thomas Søndergård © Andy Buchanan
Cardiff

Scintillating season opener from Søndergård and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

By , 12 October 2017
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Vassily Sinaisky © Jesper Lindgren
Birmingham

Sinaisky offers romance and revoultion in Birmingham

By , 11 October 2017
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Bernard Haitink © Clive Barda
London

Classical tradition as Bernard Haitink joins the LSO for Brahms and Beethoven

By , 10 October 2017
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Richard Tognetti and the ACO © Simon van Boxtel
Sydney

Old friends in high places: the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Mountain project

By , 12 August 2017
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JoAnn Falletta © David Adam Beloff
Vienna

A dynamic Carmina Burana at Wolf Trap

By , 28 July 2017
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Rémi Geniet © Jean-Baptiste Millot
Mulhouse

Soirée viennoise à la Filature de Mulhouse

By , 17 June 2017
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Rafael Payare © Askonas Holt
Belfast

Brooding darkness and brilliance: the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast

By , 26 May 2017
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Stephen Hough, Elim Chan and the Hong Kong Philharmonic © Cheung Wai Lok | HK Phil
Hong Kong

Pride and joy with Elim Chan and the Hong Kong Phil

By , 01 April 2017
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Igor Levit © Gregor Hohenberg
London

A classy collaboration: Igor Levit and Fabio Luisi ooze quality in Beethoven and Brahms

By , 16 March 2017
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Nigel Back, Richard Watkins, Katy Woolley and Michael Thompson © Camilla Greenwell
London

Emperors and prophets from Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia

By , 23 February 2017
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Behzod Abduraimov © Christian Fatu
Houston

Abduraimov's grand “Emperor” at the Houston Symphony

By , 12 January 2017
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Alan Gilbert © Chris Lee
New York City

Alan Gilbert and Stephen Hough in repertoire staples at the New York Philharmonic

By , 11 January 2017
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Manfred Honeck © Sveriges Radio
Stockholm

Bruckner and Beethoven at Stockholm's Berwaldhallen

By , 28 October 2016
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Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 59: Vintage wine: Blomstedt and the Leipzig Gewandhaus in splendid Beethoven

By , 29 August 2016
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Alessio Bax in Siena © Paul Flanagan
Siena

Bax's “Emperor” reigns at Tuscany's Incontri in terra di Siena festival

By , 30 July 2016
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Sir András Schiff and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra © Aline Paley | Verbier Festival
Verbier

Civilised classics in the Alps: Sir András Schiff and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra

By , 28 July 2016
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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Oslo

Petrenko's Scriabin packs a punch in Oslo

By , 26 May 2016
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Rudolf Buchbinder © Philipp Horak
Cleveland

Radiant Janáček and refined Beethoven in Cleveland

By , 19 May 2016
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Alexander Melnikov © Marco Borggreve
Vancouver

Two monuments: Alexander Melnikov and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven and Walton

By , 12 March 2016
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Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Amsterdam

Majestic perfection: Thibaudet and Fischer herald in the New Year at the Concertgebouw

By , 06 January 2016
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Igor Levit © Felix Broede
Washington

Sensitivity and meticulous grace: Igor Levit debuts with the National Symphony Orchestra

By , 21 November 2015
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Robert Spano © Angela Morriss
Atlanta

Spano Conducts Higdon and Beethoven

By , 01 October 2015
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Freddy Kempf © Neda Navaee
Auckland

A disappointing take on three Beethoven masterpieces from Kempf and the NZSO

By , 06 March 2015
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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Chicago

Mixed fortunes for Petrenko and Lewis in Chicago

By , 08 January 2015
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Milan

An architectural feat from the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra at MITO Milan

By , 21 September 2014
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David Robertson © MIchael Tammaro
Sydney

Angels, Emperors and Heroes - the Sydney Symphony in fine form

By , 20 June 2014
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Paul Lewis © Jack Libeck
Birmingham

Imperious Beethoven and brilliant Strauss from the CBSO

By , 19 June 2014
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Pablo Heras-Casado © Molina Visuals
London

The Wow factor: Sun and Shadow from the Philharmonia Orchestra

By , 09 March 2014
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Peter Oundjian  ©  Sian Richards
Edinburgh

Messiaen, Beethoven and Rachmaninov with the RSNO

By , 22 November 2013
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Yuri Temirkanov  ©  Sasha Gusov
Paris

Nikolai Lugansky and Yuri Temirkanov celebrate Beethoven at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

By , 26 October 2013
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Fabio Luisi  ©  Barbara Luisi, BALU Photography
Cleveland

Hélène Grimaud and Fabio Luisi rock Cleveland season opener in Beethoven and Mahler

By , 19 September 2013
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Jaap van Zweden conducts the Hong Kong Philharmonic  ©  Cheung Chi-Wai / HK Phil
Hong Kong

Hong Kong Philharmonic opens 40th anniversary season with Beethoven and Dvořák

By , 06 September 2013
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Jiří Bělohlávek with the Czech Philharmonic  ©  Martin Kovář
Birmingham

The Czech Philharmonic thrill a packed house at Symphony Hall, Birmingham

By , 12 April 2013
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Fabio Luisi  ©  Barbara Luisi, BALU Photography
New York City

The MET Orchestra showcases its diverse skills in Gubaidulina, Beethoven and Stravinsky

By , 02 December 2012
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John Storgårds  ©  Marco Borggreve
Manchester

BBC Philharmonic with Martin Roscoe and John Storgårds in Sibelius, Beethoven and Nielsen

By , 27 October 2012
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Anton Kuerti
Toronto

An Evening Fit For an Emperor with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

By , 02 February 2012
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Christopher Warren Green,  ©  Miel Peters
London

Raymond Gubbay presents Beethoven's Ninth: Christmas at the Barbican

By , 29 December 2011
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Mitsuko Uchida,  ©  Jean Radel
London

A triumphant conclusion to Uchida's Beethoven cycle

By , 13 December 2011
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