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Blind date

All recitalists on concert tours face the speed-dating issue of having to become intimate with a hall’s peculiar acoustics as quickly as possible. For pianists, there’s the extra demand of courting the character of an entirely new instrument to ensure … Read More →


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Prelates and preachers

So, it’s confirmed that Sir Simon Rattle, currently artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic, will be winging it to London in 2017 to take up the post of music director of the London Symphony Orchestra. Reporters have been at pains … Read More →


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Sounds unusual

There’s nothing unusual about any musical instrument to the person who is its master. But if you look at those commonly played by concerto soloists, there’s only a handful that have a repertoire of hundreds of works at their disposal. … Read More →


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Oxymoron for Orchestra

When is a concerto not a concerto? We’re all familiar with the term when it implies a soloist in a tug-of-tunes display, riding atop a generally subservient orchestra; and works such as the Brahms Double Concerto and the Beethoven Triple … Read More →


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Lucky for some

Today’s 24 hours form an interesting axis in time. While in some parts of the world people will be surfacing to Valentine’s Day, lush emotions coursing through their veins, and anaemic wallets drained by roses, chocolates and candlelight dinner bookings, … Read More →