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Britten’s Peter Grimes – concert performance – Kensington Symphony Orchestra conducted by Russell Keable, with John Hudson as Grimes

The Kensington Symphony Orchestra is now in its sixty-seventh year. With its music director Russell Keable in the post for the past forty of them, this non-professional band has pulled of some remarkable achievements – the British premiere of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt and an incandescent outing for Bruckner Five among them. This performance of

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Mitsuko Uchida plays Mozart’s K503 & K595, and Schoenberg with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Two ‘late’ Piano Concertos by Mozart here but which are about as contrasting in mood and texture as any within the whole series. Mitsuko Uchida led the Mahler Chamber Orchestra from the piano with equally varied results, not entirely happily. Her tempos were all notably broad – in some cases one could fairly say slow in

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London Philharmonic/Robin Ticciati – Bruckner Nine (four movements) – Simon Keenlyside/Vaughan Williams’s Mystical Songs.

Hard on the heels of a programme celebrating the LPO’s 90th-anniversary with music it helped premiere, this one began with another offering for the Vaughan Williams 150th-birthday year. The Five Mystical Songs may be the work of an agnostic but they encode an abiding spirituality as surely as the grander sonic cathedrals of Bruckner – plus a

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