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Guy Johnston talking to Clara Biss about his memories of John Tavener - Photo: Shoel Stadlen

Britten Sinfonia & Guy Johnston in Tavener’s The Protecting Veil

A trio of highly individual personalities: two iconoclasts and one whose folk-influenced music was often invested with a primordial rhythmic power. It was a shared intensity of expression that became the focus for this concert that was variously visceral, playful and other-worldly. No less other-worldly is Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge, the original Finale of his B-flat […]

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The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No 22 K482 (Leif Ove Andsnes: piano) and Anton Bruckner Symphony No 7 (Ed Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs, Urtext Edition) in the Barbican Hall on Thursday 8 Feb. 2024 Photo by Mark Allan

LSO – Natalie Stutzmann conducts Bruckner 7 & Leif Ove Andsnes plays Mozart K482

The LSO kicked off its celebration of Bruckner in his 200th-anniversary year with this first of a pair of concerts under Nathalie Stutzmann. Appropriately it featured what is still probably his most popular Symphony, and the one which finally propelled him to considerable acclaim in his lifetime, even if the cycle of Symphonies often remained

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Sir Simon Rattle ends his final concert as LSO Music Director with Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie, joined by pianist Peter Donohoe and Ondes-Martenot player Cynthia Millar. Preceded by Betsy Jolas Ces belles années… (world premiere) with Faustine de Monès: soprano in the Barbican Hall on Wednesday 14 June 2023 Photo by Mark Allan

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the LSO in Janáček’s Jenůfa, with Agneta Eichenholz, Katarina Karnéus, Aleš Briscein and Nicky Spence

The memory of the LSO with its then music director Simon Rattle in concert performances of Kát’a Kabanová last year, separated by Covid from The Cunning Little Vixen in 2019, still looms large (and the recording is due for release in February on the LSO Live label), and this year’s Janáček opera Jenůfa is in the same league. Let’s hope that the

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Photo: Barbican/Ryan Buchanan

Keri-Lynn Wilson conducts the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra, with violinist Valeriy Sokolov

There was a fair amount of blue and yellow worn and displayed for the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra’s last concert of their European tour. With Madame Zelanska now its patron, the orchestra was formed last year by Keri-Lynn Wilson (Canadian with one side of her family Ukrainian), bringing together Ukrainian musicians, some working in other orchestras,

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Summer Series Lineup Photo: efglondonjazzfestival.org

An Evening with Branford Marsalis: EFG London Jazz Festival Summer Series 2023

For many jazz fans, the classic template for a tenor saxophone jazz quartet is the John Coltrane Quartet (1960-65); so it’s sobering to think that the Branford Marsalis Quartet, founded in 1986 with very few personnel changes since, has existed for over seven times as long. The bassist Eric Revis joined in 1997, pianist Joey

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Photo: lso.co.uk

Frank Strobel conducts the LSO in Arthur Bliss’s score for a screening of Alexander Korda’s Things to Come

The film mogul Alexander Korda released his science-fiction vision Things to Come in 1936. The four horsemen of the apocalypse are on the war path, spreading liberal doses of death, famine, conflict and pestilence over our (unspecified but obvious) sceptered isle. In their wake rise fascism, ignorance and regression – there’s a famous image in

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