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      Gustav Mahler, like many composers, wore many hats in order to make a living. Conducting was one of Mahler’s primary sources of income early in his career, and he quickly became known for his autocratic and often idiosyncratic style. For anyone who has performed Mahler’s music, his close attention to detail is apparent in the more... more...

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      How the Juilliard School is changing the way we hear early music

      The Juilliard’s early music ensemble, Juilliard415, play not just Bach, but Beethoven, Haydn and new works – one sign of the way in which the school’s latest performing arts programme is behind new trends in period performance Continue reading...







      Budapest Festival Orchestra/Fischer review – an epic approach to Brahms

      Royal Festival Hall, London
      Iván Fischer and the BFO gave a colossal force and momentum to Brahms, while soloist Maria João Pires delivered a near-perfect performance of Mozart

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      Poliuto review – Glyndebourne opener is Donizetti like you’ve never heard him

      Glyndebourne, Lewes
      It’s hard to better Mariame Clément’s revival of Donizetti’s opera about persecution and martyrdom

      It has been a good year for Gaetano Donizetti. For the season opener, Glyndebourne has chosen Poliuto, his story of religious persecution and martyrdom in Roman-occupied Armenia, never heard in the UK – or, at least, not heard quite like this: at London’s Royal Festival Hall only a few months ago, Opera Rara exhumed Les Martyrs, the sprawling four-act opera into which Donizetti reworked Poliuto to cater for the more extravagant tastes of Paris audiences. Poliuto is far leaner than Les Martyrs – the closing act is so short that, at Glyndebourne, it’s over before the interval picnic has gone down.

      The London Philharmonic sound airy and idiomatic under Enrique Mazzola’s pacy conducting, and the chorus is strong with outstanding soloists. In fact, the whole evening would fly by if it weren’t for the flatness of Mariame Clément’s production.

      Related: New David Hare play to dramatise the birth of Glyndebourne

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