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Performer: Mark van de Wiel

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BedfordEsa-Pekka Salonen: Mozart & Schumann

© Camilla Greenwell
Mozart, Schumann
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Mark van de Wiel; Emily Hultmark; Nigel Black
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Gardner brings Elgar vividly to life in Basingstoke

Edward Gardner conducts the Philharmonia at The Anvil © Camilla Greenwell
New and old rubbed shoulders in this thrilling Philharmonia Orchestra concert of Elgar and Joseph Phibbs.
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Enthusiastic Haydn and Nielsen from Järvi

Paavo Järvi © Julia Bayer
An interesting evening where links between Haydn and Nielsen were illuminated in bold and individual performances.
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Sailing close to the wind: RVW's Sea Symphony

Vaughan Williams and Finzi given the Philharmonia treatment with John Wilson at the helm at the Royal Festival Hall.
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Mark van de Wiel and Endymion play Brahms

Whenever Brahms is mentioned, songs and symphonies often come straight to mind: after all, the man was the master of all things symphonic, even his piano sonatas being called “veiled symphonies” by his mentor, Schumann.
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Kings Place Festival: Chamber and solo music by Stravinsky and Knussen

When Stravinsky brought his radical ballet Petrushka to Vienna in 1912, the composer recounts in his autobiography, the orchestra was full of complaints about the demands of the score. Disillusioned by this, Stravinsky found comfort from the unlikely figure of the man who raised and lowered the stage curtains. “Don’t let’s be downhearted”, he said, “I’ve been here for 55 years...
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