Optimism conquers despair: Rattle and LSO thrill with Berg and Beethoven  

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Berg and Beethoven: Iwona Sobotka (soprano) Anna Stéphany (mezzo-soprano), Robert Murray (tenor), Florian Boesch (baritone), London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra /Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Barbican Hall, London. 16.2.2020. (CSa)

Soloists, London Symphony Chorus, LSO & Simon Rattle (conductor)
(c) Candice Witton

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Jonathan Biss and His Promethean struggle with Beethoven

Jonathan Biss (c) Benjamin Ealovega


The 250th anniversary of the birth of the irrepressible Ludwig van Beethoven late last year has unleashed ceaseless commemorative celebrations across the world’s concert halls and classical radio stations. It has also triggered a plethora of new recordings by some of the world’s greatest artists, not least the last of a nine-volume set of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas by the renowned Philadelphia-based pianist, teacher, musical thinker and writer, Jonathan Biss. He has dedicated many of his 39 years to interrogating the sonatas and has embarked on a punishing worldwide programme of Beethoven concerts and talks, including a series of seven recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall.

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A Baroque Odyssey: Christie and Les Arts Florissants celebrate a 40-year journey

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Handel, Purcell, Charpentier, Honoré d’Ambruis, Lully and Rameau: Sandrine Piau (soprano), Lea Desandre (mezzo-soprano), Christophe Dumaux (countertenor), Marc Mauillon (baritone), Lisandro Abadie (bass-baritone), Les Arts Florissants / William Christie and Paul Agnew (directors). Barbican Hall, London 8.12.2019. (CSa)

Les Arts Florissants (c) Vincent Pontet

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