Happy Birthday, Lenny! From Rattle and the LSO


Bernstein: Krystian Zimerman (piano), London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle (conductor), London Symphony Chorus/Simon Halsey (chorus director), Barbican Hall, London, 16.12.2017 (CS) Read more

Welsh Camerata’s ‘O’ is for Advent


Various: Welsh Camerata / Andrew Wilson-Dickson (conductor). Church of St Mary of the Angels Canton, Cardiff, 15.12.2017. (PCG) Read more

Korngold’s Violin Concerto Headlines a Wonderful Evening with Storgårds and the RSNO


Hermann, Korngold, Tchaikovsky: Baibe Skride (violin), Royal Scottish National Orchestra / John Storgårds (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 15.12.2017. (SRT) Read more

Orchestrally Revelatory Performances of Strauss and Mahler by the LSO


Strauss and Mahler: Simon O’Neill (tenor), Christian Gerhaher (baritone), London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Barbican Hall, London, 13.12.2017. (JPr) Read more

An Absorbing Winter Journey with Mark Padmore and Mitsuko Uchida


Schubert: Mark Padmore (tenor), Mitsuko Uchida (piano), Wigmore Hall, London, 13.12.2017. (CC) Read more

Otaka’s All-Elgar Programme in Cardiff


Elgar: Claudia Huckle (contralto), BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Tadaaki Otaka (conductor). Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, 11.12.2017. (PCG) Read more

The BBCSO Present a Fascinating and Rewarding Portrait of Esa-Pekka Salonen as Composer


Total Immersion: Esa-Pekka Salonen: Various artists. Barbican Centre, and Milton Court Concert Hall, London, 10.12.2017. (CC)

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Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sakari Oramo (conductor) & BBCSO (c) Ellis O’Brien

This was an unmissable opportunity to experience the ‘other’ side of Esa-Pekka Salonen, so beloved of London audiences via his conducting activities with the Philharmonia Orchestra (most recently a wonderful Mahler Ninth). He did not raise a baton on this particular day, however: it was all about Salonen’s own music. Read more

Ashkenazy and the OPO offer a triptych of Russian compositions


Nimrod Borenstein, Shostakovich and Rachmaninov: Natalia Lomeiko (violinist), Oxford Philharmonic /Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor), Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, 9.12.2017. (CR) Read more

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