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Find classical music concert, opera, ballet and dance reviews | Symphony no. 1 in D major "Classical", Op.25

Thomas Søndergård © Martin Bubandt
Perth

Remembrance of lost youth as RSNO and Glasgow schoolboys mark Armistice

By , 08 November 2018
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Vladimir Ashkenazy © Keith Saunders
London

Ashkenazy and the Southbank Sinfonia: enthusiasm, but a lack of profundity

By , 16 October 2018
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Yefim Bronfman © Frank Stewart
Cleveland

Astonishing Bartók and Prokofiev in Cleveland

By , 27 September 2018
*****
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Carlo Rizzi © Tessa Traeger
Atlanta

Refined classicism from Rizzi and the ASO

By , 26 April 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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Nathalie Stutzmann © Simon Fowler
Dublin

Nathalie Stutzmann's triumphant debut as principal guest conductor of the NSO

By , 29 September 2017
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Valery Gergiev with the Mariinsky Orchestra and the RSNO © Beth Chalmers
Edinburgh

Searing Shostakovich 4 at the Edinburgh Festival: Russians and Scots recall 1962 Western première

By , 23 August 2017
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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Frans Jansen
Berlin

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla leads a not-so-traditional evening of music at Komische Oper

By , 30 June 2017
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Mariss Jansons conducting the Bavarian RSO © Brescia & Amisano
London

Russian heart: terrific performances from Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian RSO

By , 11 April 2017
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Leif Ove Andsnes © Chris Aadland
London

Echoes from the past: the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Leif Ove Andsnes at Cadogan Hall

By , 17 March 2017
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Daniil Trifonov © Dario Acosta | DG
Sydney

Tender and demonic: the music and music-making of four supremely gifted young Russians

By , 03 March 2017
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Chloë Hanslip © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Frenzy and passion: intense Sibelius from Chloë Hanslip and Alexander Shelley's fiery Prokofiev

By , 25 January 2017
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Gidon Kremer, Juanjo Mena and the Boston Symphony © Winslow Townson
Boston

Mieczysław Weinberg's music makes a belated Boston Symphony debut

By , 20 January 2017
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Louis Langrée © Benoit Linero
Manchester

Storming Tchaikovsky 4 from the Hallé and Louis Langrée

By , 18 January 2017
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Valery Gergiev © Alberto Venzago
London

Light against dark: Gergiev and the Mariinsky explore Prokofiev

By , 26 September 2016
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Thomas Adès conducts the Britten Sinfonia © BBC|Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 40: Mixing the new with the old: Thomas Adès at the Proms

By , 15 August 2016
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© Craig Ogden
London

The Royal Northern Sinfonia's Mix and Match at Cadogan Hall: a programme of contrasts

By , 05 December 2015
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Riccardo Muti © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Masterful Muti rounds out the year with the CSO

By , 03 December 2015
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Barnabás Kelemen © Tamas Dobos
Dublin

Coruscating Szymanowski from Barnabás Kelemen in Dublin

By , 27 November 2015
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Joshua Bell © Timothy White
London

Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields thrill in Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Prokofiev

By , 11 November 2015
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Hans Graf © Bruce Bennett
Detroit

Hans Graf Conducts Beethoven in Detroit

By , 16 October 2015
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Juanjo Mena © Columbia Artist Management Inc.
Baltimore

Glittering Glazunov from Carney and Mena in Baltimore

By , 27 September 2015
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James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega
Cleveland

A transparent reading of Barber’s Violin Concerto from James Ehnes in Cleveland

By , 01 August 2015
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Valery Gergiev © Valentin Baranovsky
Sydney

Prokofiev the whimsical and the heroic: after more than 30 years, the LSO returns to Australia

By , 24 November 2014
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Robert Levin © Ascherman
Poole

Kirill Karabits launches BSO’s new season into the stratosphere

By , 01 October 2014
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Igor Levit © Felix Broede
Edinburgh

Explosive Tchaikovsky from Igor Levit and the RSNO

By , 25 April 2014
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Kirill Karabits © Sasha Gusov
London

Revelling in oriental splendour: Karabits tames Scheherazade

By , 22 April 2014
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John Axelrod © Véronique Jourdain Artists Management
Naples

Axelrod conducts Prokofiev, Mozart and Brahms in Naples

By , 08 March 2014
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Elisabeth Leonskaja  © Miguel Bueno
Gstaad

Exemplary Prokofiev and extraordinary Beethoven from Elisabeth Leonskaja

By , 07 February 2013
*****
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Eamonn Dougan conducting Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices at the Barbican  ©  Rhydian Peters
London

Looking Forward with Britten Sinfonia at the Barbican

By , 27 October 2012
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Sol Gabetta  ©  Marco Borggreve
Bristol

Gabetta, Sinaisky and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Colston Hall

By , 14 October 2012
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Loo Sze-wang with Yip Wing-sie and Hong Kong Sinfonietta  ©  HK Sinfonietta Ltd
Toronto

Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Yip Wing-sie in a fine Toronto debut at Koerner Hall

By , 04 October 2012
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Alisa Weilerstein  ©  Jamie Jung
Amsterdam

A fearless Shostakovich by Weilerstein and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

By , 07 June 2012
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Nicola Luisotti  ©  Terence McCarthy
Berkeley

Luisotti and SF Opera Orchestra in Concert

By , 03 June 2012
***11
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Yuri Temirkanov
Manchester

Yuri Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in Manchester

By , 01 April 2012
*****
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Yo-Yo Ma,  ©  Michael O’Neill
Hong Kong

Yo-Yo Ma celebrates Hong Kong City Hall's birthday

By , 02 March 2012
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Pablo Heras-Casado  ©  David Martin Page
Manchester

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Pablo Heras-Casado: First Symphonies

By , 29 October 2011
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©  BBC / Yannis Bournias
London

Prom 52: Gergiev conducts a transcendent LSO

By , 23 August 2011
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Sergey Khachatryan y Valery Gergiev durante el concierto en el Palacio de Carlos V © Festival de Granada | José Albornoz
Granada

Gergiev, Khachatryan y la Orquesta del Teatro Mariinsky en Granada: virtuosismo y duelo

By , 01 July 2018
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Thomas Adès © Brian Voce
Amsterdam

Rasante Achterbahnfahrt durch musikalische Stile: Thomas Adès und die Britten Sinfonia

By , 26 May 2018
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Johannes Moser © Sarah Wijzenbeek
Geneva

L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande en terres énergiques !

By , 31 January 2018
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Mikhail Pletnev © Deutsche Grammophon
Paris

Pletnev et l'Orchestre National Russe, ou comment se débrouiller avec les moyens du bord

By , 28 November 2016
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Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Kaapo Kamu
Geneva

L’Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne à la sauce finnoise : électrisant !

By , 19 October 2016
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Valery Gergiev © Alberto Venzago
Munich

Symphonischer Abend der Kontraste

By , 31 March 2016
***11
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Xian Zhang © Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 15 : Prokofiev, Qigang Chen, Rachmaninov

By , 29 July 2015
***11
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Sarah Chang junto a la OSNJ del Perú © Gran Teatro Nacional
Lima

Sinfónica Juvenil en dos conciertos de alto voltaje

By , 28 June 2015
***11
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