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HT Wohlfahrt pleads for Maxim Vengerov to reinstate the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition and reviews recent Vengerov recitals.

Donaueschingen Music Days, 2003 by John Warnaby

CD Review: Schubert, ‘Winterreise’, Matthias Goerne baritone, Alfred Brendel piano, Decca Classics: 467 092-2

The Golden Age of Singing by Bernard Jacobson

An introduction to Phillipp Moiseyevich Herschkowitz (1906-1989) (PGW)

Elliott Carter at 95 by John Warnaby.

John Warnaby in conversation with Brian Ferneyhough about Shadowtime, an opera in 7 scenes

Christoph Eschenbach in interview with Bernard Jacobson

Osmo Vänskä talks to Bill Kenny

Luigi Nono: on what would have been the composer’s 80th birthday, John Warnaby reflects on his life and music.

BOOK REVIEW: Orchestra, The LSO: A Century of Triumph and Turbulence by Richard Morrison, 306pp, Faber & Faber (2004), £20 (MB)

Seen & Heard reviewers from the UK and the United States nominate their best live performances of 2003.

Bruce Hodges and Peter Woolf take a further look back at 2003.




Master’s Recital and Veteran Quartet’s Concert: Brian Ciach and the Juilliard Quartet perform Wernick (BJ)

Deborah Voigt Recital: Schubert, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Ives, Moore, Bolcom, Sondheim. Deborah Voigt, soprano; Brian Zeger, piano; Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, April 18, 2004 (HS)

Mussorgsky, Salonen, Prokofiev, Bartok: San Francisco Symphony, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Yefim Bronfman, piano. Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, April 2, 2004 (HS)

Santiago Rodriguez in Virginia, Cabell Hall Auditorium, Charlottesville, 30th March 2004 (BJ)

Direct from Germany: Works by German Composers, ModernWorks, Madeleine Shapiro (Dir), Museum of Arts & Design, New York City, March 25, 2004 (BH)

Debussy & Mahler, San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor, Verizon Hall, Philadelphia, March 24, 2004 (BJ)

Debussy/Holloway: En Blanc et Noir, Adams: My Father Knew Charles Ives, Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conducting, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, March 12, 2004.

Mahler & Shostakovich, Matthias Goerne (baritone), The Philadelphia Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach, conductor, Verizon Hall, Philadelphia, March 12 and 13, 2004 (BH)

Schoenberg, Dallapiccola, Martirano, Ives
Marilyn Nonken (piano), The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies In America, Columbia University, New York City, March 10, 2004 (BH)

Mahler & Schumann Lieder, Matthias Goerne (Baritone), Christoph Eschenbach (Piano), Carnegie Hall, New York City, March 7, 2004 (BH)

Valentin Bibik (In Memoriam) and Leonid Hrabovsky – Ukrainian Masters, Continuum, Merkin Concert Hall, New York City, Saturday, March 6, 2004 (BH)

2004 Look & Listen Festival, Robert Miller Gallery, New York City, March 4, 2004 (BH)

Composer Portrait: Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988): Miller Theatre, Columbia University, New York City, February 26, 2004 (BH)

Mahler Symphony No. 5; Beethoven Marches, Cherubini Overture to Anacréon San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas conducting, Davies Symphony Hall, March 3, 2004 (HS)

Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Mezzo-Soprano, Women of the Philadelphia Singers Chorale, The American Boychoir, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach, Carnegie Hall, New York City, February 23, 2004 (BH)

Philadelphia Music Directors Past, Manqué, and Present, Bernard Jacobson reviews some recent concerts.

Haydn, Poulenc, Shostakovich, Katia and Marielle Labèque, pianos, New York Philharmonic, Antonio Pappano, conductor (New York Philharmonic debut), Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, Saturday, February 21, 2004 (BH)

"The Seasons" Italian-Russian Festival in St Petersburg (& Moscow), Vremena Goda Orchestra/Bulakhov, Feb 7-15 (St Petersburg) & Feb 19 (Moscow) (NM)

Magnitude on a Small Stage Krosnick and Kalish reviewed by Bernard Jacobson

An Evening of Schubert Lieder: Renée Fleming, soprano, Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano, Matthew Polenzani, tenor, René Pape, bass, James Levine, piano, Carnegie Hall, New York City, February 17th, 2004 (BH)

Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551, "Jupiter", Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt, Conductor, Carnegie Hall, New York City, February 15th, 2004 (BH)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60, Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, in F Minor, Op. 36, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt, Conductor, Carnegie Hall, New York City, February 14th, 2004 (BH)

Mahler: Adagio from Symphony No. 10 in F-sharp Major (1910), Wagner: Parsifal, Act II (1877-81), Thomas Moser, Tenor (Parsifal), Michelle DeYoung, Mezzo-Soprano (Kundry), Eike Wilm Schulte, Baritone (Klingsor), Women of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Joseph Flummerfelt, Music Director, The Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez, Conductor, Carnegie Hall, New York City, February 12, 2004 (BH)

Dalbavie, Messiaen, Ravel, Bartok, Mitsuko Uchida, piano, Westminster Symphonic Choir, Joseph Flummerfelt, Conductor, The Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez, Conductor, Carnegie Hall, New York City, February 11, 2004 (BH)

Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1920, rev. 1947), Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 77, Prokofiev: Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (Vln), Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä, Music Director and Conductor, Carnegie Hall, New York City, February 9, 2004 (BH)

Composer Portrait: The Music of Olga Neuwirth, Pascal Gallois (bassoon), Rand Steiger, guest conductor, Ensemble Sospeso, Miller Theatre, Columbia University, New York City, Friday, February 6, 2004 (BH)

Shostakovich: Festive Overture in A Major, Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3, Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Hélène Grimaud, piano, Russian National Orchestra, Alexander Vedernikov, conductor, Carnegie Hall, New York City, February 3, 2004 (BH)

Elliott Carter at 95, The Ensemble Sospeso, The Arditti Quartet, Rand Steiger, conductor, The Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts, New York City, January 30, 2004 (BH)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93, Stravinsky: The Firebird (1910), London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, January 21, 2004 (BH)

Fauré: Requiem, Franck: Psyché, Honegger: Symphony No. 2 San Francisco Symphony, Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor. Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, January 21, 2004 (HS)

Courvoisier Meets Rot-gut: a culture clash in the concert hall, Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with Ute Lemper and the Philadelphia Orchestra by Bernard Jacobson

Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, (Original edition, 1875-76), The Philadelphia Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor, Carnegie Hall, New York City, January 13, 2003 (BH)

Saint-Saëns, Dvorak, Stravinsky, Orchestre National de France, Paris, January 8, 2004 (FC)


OPERA (UK and International),

S. Prokofiev, Ognenniy Angel ("The Fiery Angel"), The Bol’shoi Theatre, Moscow, 24th April 2004 (NM)

P.I. Tchaikovsky: ‘Eugene Onegin,’ Welsh National Opera at Bristol Hippodrome, 17thApril 2004 (BK)

Shostakovich, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Soloists, Royal Opera House Orchestra & Chorus, Antonio Pappano (cond), Covent Garden, 5th April 2004 (MB)

The Met’s Salome Revisited by Bruce Hodges

Handel, Xerxes, New York City Opera, soloists, New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, New York; March 30, 2004 (HS)

Wagner: Die Walküre, Soloists, James Levine, conductor, Metropolitan Opera, New York, March 29, 2004 (HS)

Mozart, The Magic Flute Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of English National Opera, Coliseum, 2.30pm, Saturday, March 27th, 2004 (CC)

Dvořák Vanda (UK Premiere), Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of University College Opera/Charles Peebles, The UCL Bloomsbury, Friday, March 26th, 2003 (CC)

Giacomo Puccini, Tosca, soloists, English National Opera, Noel Davies, London Coliseum, March 16th, 2004 (CC)

Richard Strauss: Salome (new production premiere). Soloists, Metropolitan Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City, March 15th 2004 (BH)

Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, soloists, Nationaltheater Mannheim, March 14th, 2004 (SM)

RichardWagner, ‘Tristan und Isolde’, Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm, 13th March 2004 (new production premiere)(BK)

MOZART: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Opera de Rouen, March 9, 2004 (FC)

OPERA SCANDAL 1920s: Three Hindemith Operas, Soloists, American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein, Conductor, Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, Friday, March 5, 2004 (BH)

Verdi, La Traviata, Soloists, Metropolitan Opera, Valery Gergiev, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City, March 2nd, 2004 (BH)

Richard Wagner, Rhinegold, soloists, English National Opera, Paul Daniel, Coliseum, 4th March 2004 (MB)

Mozart: Don Giovanni (new production premiere), Soloists, The Metropolitan Opera, James Levine (cond), New York City, March 1, 2004 (BH)

Richard Wagner, Parsifal (Concert performance at the Frankfurt Opera), soloists, Frankfurt Museumsorchester, Frankfurt Opera Chorus, Paolo Carignani (cond), Frankfurt, February 29, 2004 (SM)

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades, Soloists, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski (cond), Metropolitan Opera House, New York City, February 24th 2004 (BH)

Thomas Adès, The Tempest, based on the play by William Shakespeare. World Première, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden: soloists, Royal Opera House Orchestra, conducted by the composer, Tuesday February 10th 2004. (ME)

Britten: Peter Grimes, soloists, London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis, Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, 18th January 2004 (BH)

Britten, Peter Grimes, soloists, London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis, Barbican Hall, 12th January 2004 (MB)

Schoenberg: Moses und Aron, Soloists, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera, New York City, NY, December 23rd 2003 (BH)

Finnish National Opera House: 10th Anniversary Gala Evening, 31st December 2003 (BK)

Villains and Victims I: Peter Grimes at Finnish National Opera, 29th December 2003 (BK)

Villains and Victims II: Katya Kabanova at Finnish National Opera 30th December 2003 (BK)

Jazz, Dance,Esoterica and Alternative



Debussy, Berio, Stravinsky François Le Roux (baritone); Christian Lindberg (trombone); London Voices; Philharmonia Orchestra/Pierre-André Valade, RFH, Tuesday, April 20th (CC)

Bach, Prokofiev, Adams Leila Josefowicz (violin); John Novacek (piano), Wigmore Hall, Monday, April 19th, 2004 (CC)

Bach, ‘St Matthew Passion’ LSO / Christophers: John Mark Ainsley (Evangelist) Stephen Roberts (Christus): soloists. Barbican Hall, 18th April 2004 (ME)

Beethoven, Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’ & Tippett, A Child of Our Time, Rebecca Ryan (sop), Jeanette Ager (mezzo-soprano), Wynne Evans (tenor), Andrew Foster-Williams (bass), New London Soloists Orchestra, Barts Choir, Alei Gefen Chorus, Ivor Setterfield (conductor), Royal Festival Hall, 18th April 2004 (MB)

Sir Edward Elgar: ‘The Dream of Gerontius,soloists, CBSO and City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 17th April 2004 (BK)

Mozart & Shostakovich, Julian Bliss (Clarinet), Sergei Alexashkin (Bass); BBC SO Orchestra & Chorus, Jirí Belohlávek (conductor) RFH; 17th April, 2004, [AR]

Schubert, Grieg, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Sarasate, Joshua Bell (violin) and Simon Mulligan (piano), Wigmore Hall, Thursday 15 April 2004 (AN)

Wagner, Mahler, Strauss, Charlotte Hellekant (mezzo), National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Andrew Litton (con), Barbican, 14th April 2004 (MB)

Hindemith, Brahms, Bach, Saint-Saëns Midori (violin); Robert McDonald (piano). Barbican Hall, Tuesday, April 13th, 2004 (CC)

Bach, ‘St. Matthew Passion’ (in English) Birmingham Bach Choir, the English Chamber Orchestra, Juniors of the City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus, Christopher Gillett (Evangelist) Paul Whelan (Jesus), Catherine Bott (soprano) Jean Rigby (mezzo) Mark Le Brocq (tenor) Michael George (bass-bar) conducted by Paul Spicer, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Good Friday, April 9th 2004 (BK)

Prokofiev, Mozart, Mahler Steven Osborne (piano); Philharmonia Orchestra/Christoph von Dohnányi, RFH, April 6th, 2004 (CC)

Beethoven, Janácek, Brahms Lars Vogt (piano), Wigmore Hall, 1pm, Monday, April 5th, 2004 (CC)

Shostakovich, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Vadim Repin (violin), Philharmonia Orchestra/Christoph von Dohnányi , Royal Festival Hall, 1st April 2004 (AN)

Shostakovich & Mahler Symphonies: RNO/Pletnev and LPO/Harding, RFH 29th and 31st March 2004 (AR)

Mozart, Massenet, R. Strauss, Verdi, Wolf-Ferrari, Puccini, Catalani Renée Fleming (soprano); London Philharmonic Orchestra/Patrick Summers, Thursday, March 25th, 2004 (CC)

Rossini, Bruch, Tchaikovsky, Janine Jansen (violin), Philharmonia Orchestra/Yakov Kreizberg, Royal Festival Hall, Wednesday 24th March 2004 (AN)

Beethoven, Ysaÿe, Prokofiev, Wieniawski, Chloë Hanslip (violin) and Itamar Golan (piano), Wigmore Hall, Tuesday 23rd March 2004 (AN)

Ravel, Prokofiev, Mussorgsky Martha Argerich (piano); London Philharmonic Orchestra/Emmanuel Krivine, Royal Festival Hall, Saturday, March 20th, 2004 (CC)

Debussy & Shostakovich, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, Barbican, 20th March 2004 (MB)

Stravinsky, Turnage, Varèse Lawrence Power (viola); BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oliver Knussen. Barbican Hall, Thursday, March 18th, 2004 (CC)

Mendelssohn, Zemlinsky Artis Quartet of Vienna, Wigmore Hall, Monday, March 15th, 2004 (CC)

Schumann & Schubert Leif Ove Andsnes (piano), Wigmore Hall, March 10th, 2004 (CC)

Mendelssohn, Tavener, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Haydn: Fairest Isle (celebrating Britain’s place at the heart of European musical life ) English Chamber Orchestra, Roy Goodman, John Mark Ainsley, Josephine Knight, Tallis Chamber Choir. March 8th 2004 (ME)

Bach & Beethoven, Emerson Quartet, Wigmore Hall, 6th March 2004 (AN)

Monteverdi, Madrigals of Love and War: Le Concert d’Astree, dir. Emmanuelle Haim; John Mark Ainsley, Paul Agnew, Patrizia Ciofi. Barbican Hall, Friday March 5th 2004 (ME)

Gil Shaham in London IV: Beethoven, Debussy, Stravinsky; Gil Shaham (violin), Philharmonia Orchestra; Hugh Wolf (conductor); RFH, 13th March 2004 (AR)

Gil Shaham in London (III): Prokofiev, Bach, Paganini/Milone, Bernie/Milone, Piazzola/Milone, Milone, Monti/Milone Gil Shaham & Friends – Gil Shaham (vln), Adele Anthony (vln) and Soloists of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Wigmore Hall, 5th March 2004 (H-T W)

Gil Shaham in London (II): Adams, Barber, Copland, Bernstein, Gil Shaham (violin), Philharmonia Orchestra, David Zinman, RFH, 7th March 2004 (MB)

Gil Shaham in London (I): Barber, Elgar, Brahms; Gil Shaham (violin), Philharmonia Orchestra; David Zinman (conductor); RFH, 4th March 2004 (AR)

Beethoven, Chopin Maurizio Pollini (piano). RFH, Tuesday, March 2nd, 2004 (CC)

Mozart, Brahms, Kuula, Debussy Soile Isokoski (soprano); Marita Viitasalo (piano). Wigmore Hall, 1pm, Monday, March 1st, 2004 (CC)

Beethoven, Watkins, Brahms, Belcea Quartet, Wigmore Hall, 28th February 2004 (AN)

Bach, Brahms, Beethoven: Maxim Vengerov (vln), Fazil Say (pf), Barbican Centre, 28th February 2004 (MB)

Haydn, Webern, Brahms Alban Berg Quartet, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Thursday, February 26th, 2004 (CC)

Richard Strauss and John Foulds, CBSO/Sakari Oramo, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Wednesday 25 February 2004 (RB)

Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev: Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, February 24th, 2004 (BK)

Schubert, Lieder to Texts by Goethe: Schumann, Lieder to Texts by Heine. Matthias Goerne, Eric Schneider: Wigmore Hall, 24th February 2004 (ME)

Review 1:Duke Bluebeard’s Castle & Beethoven Minnesota Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä, Barbican Hall, February 22nd, 2004 (CC)

Review 2: Duke Bluebeard’s Castle & Beethoven Minnesota Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä, Barbican Hall, February 22nd, 2004 (SN)

Delius, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Holst: Nash Ensemble, Jean Rigby, John Mark Ainsley, Roderick Williams, London Voices, Martyn Brabbins (conductor), Wigmore Hall, February 21st 2004 (ME)

Dukas, Chin, R. Strauss Viviane Hagner (violin); BBC Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins. Barbican Hall, Friday, February 20th, 2004 (CC)

Borodin, Prokofiev, Debussy Arcadi Volodos (piano); Philharmonia Orchestra/Vladimir Ashkenazy, Thursday, February 19th, 2004 (CC)

Haydn, Britten, Schulhoff, Wolf Magdalena Ko˛ená (mezzo); Malcolm Martineau (piano), Wigmore Hall, 1pm, Monday, February 16th, 2004 (CC)

Sibelius, Symphony No.4, Mozart, Requiem; Sally Matthews (sop), Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo), Mark Padmore (tenor), Alfred Reiter (bass), London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Franz Welser-Möst (con); Barbican Hall, 15th February, 2004 (AR) 

Sibelius, Symphony No.4 – Mozart, Requiem and Ave verum corpus: Sally Matthews(soprano), Pamela Helen Stephen(mezzo-soprano), Mark Padmore(tenor), Alfred Reiter(bass), London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Franz Welser-Möst, Barbican Hall, February 15th (H-T W)

Foulds, Prokofiev, Stravinsky; Akiko Suwanai (violin) Leon McCawley (piano), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 10th February 2004 (CT)

R. Strauss, Shostakovich Tim Hugh (cello); London Symphony Orchestra/Franz Welser-Möst, Barbican Hall, February 12th, 2004 (CC)

Beethoven, Shostakovich Jerusalem Quartet, Wigmore Hall, Monday, February 9th, 2004, 1pm (CC)

Beethoven, Schubert, Hindemith, Prokofiev: Mihaela Ursuleasa (Piano), Wigmore Hall, 2nd February 2004 (H-T W)

Beethoven, Shostakovich Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin); London Philharmonic Orchestra/Kurt Masur, Royal Festival Hall, Tuesday, February 3rd, 2004 (CC)

Bernstein, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky; Dmitri Alexeev (pf) London Symphony Orchestra, Antonio Pappano (conductor) Barbican Centre, 4th February 2004 (AR)

Beethoven, Symphony No.5, Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons, Royal Festival Hall, 2nd February 2004 (MB)

Schubert Birthday Concert: Geraldine McGreevy, Christian Gerhaher, Graham Johnson, Wigmore Hall, January 31st 2004 (ME)

Richard Strauss, Tod und Verklärung, Horn Concerto No.2, Ein Heldenleben, David Pyatt (horn), London Symphony Orchestra, Antonio Pappano, Barbican, 1st February 2004 (MB)

Liszt & Wagner Soloists, Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer. Barbican Hall, January 30th and 31st, 2004 (CC)

Smetana, Dvorák Midori (violin); Philharmonia Orchestra/Jirí Belohlávek. Thursday, January 29th, 2004, Royal Festival Hall (CC)

Rachmaninov, Skryabin, Prokofiev, Simon Trpceski (piano), Wigmore Hall, 27th January 2004 (MB)

Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie and Music from Northern and Southern India, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Sam-Yo! Indian Youth Orchestra, Symphony Hall Birmingham 24th January 2004 (BK)

NEW CARTER Kagel, Milstein, Read Thomas, Carter Claire Booth (soprano); Nicolas Hodges (piano); London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen. QEH, January 23rd, 2004 (CC)

Adès, And all shall be well: Mahler, songs from Des Knaben Wünderhorn: Shostakovich, Symphony no. 8 in C minor. London Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Ingo Metzmacher; Matthias Goerne (baritone) Royal Festival Hall, January 24th 2004 (ME)

Schumann, Debussy, Rachmaninov Jean-Philippe Collard (piano). Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, Thursday, January 22nd, 2004 (CC)

Bach, Brahms, Beethoven: Grigory Sokolov (piano), Wigmore Hall, 17th January 2004 (H-T W)

Purcell, arr. Britten: songs from plays; Two divine hymns. Britten: The Five Canticles. John Mark Ainsley, Michael Chance, Leigh Melrose, Roger Vignoles, Richard Watkins, Lucy Wakeford. Queen Elizabeth Hall, 20th January 2004 (ME)

Janácek, Mozart, Dvorák Zoltán Kocsis (piano); Philharmonia Orchestra/Jirí Belohlávek, Royal Festival Hall, Tuesday, January 20th, 2004 (CC)

Beethoven, Dvorák Beaux Arts Trio, Wigmore Hall, Monday, January 19th, 2004 (CC)

Chopin, Schubert, Ravel: Dong-Hyek Lim (Piano), Wigmore Hall, 15th January 2004 (H-T W)

John Cage Uncaged at the Barbican, London, 16-18 January 2004 (JM)

JOHN CAGE UNCAGED: Cage in his American Context
Schuman, Cage, Cowell. Antheil, Ives, Copland, Cage
Philip Mead (piano); BBC Symphony Orchestra/Lawrence Foster, Anthony Legge. Barbican Hall, Friday, January 16th, 2004 (CC)

Miaskovsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov Truls Mørk (cello); Kathryn Stott (piano), Wigmore Hall, 1pm, Monday, January 12th, 2004 (CC)

Casken, Firsova, Ligeti, Roberts, Payne, Sciarrino, Bingham, Sulzmann Tempest Saxophone Quartet; Dimitri Murrath (viola), PLG, Purcell Room, Friday, January 9th, 2004 (CC)

Firsova, Casken, Schnittke, Parkin, Clarke, Tabakova, Langer, Bennett, Hoddinott David Childs (euphonium); Harvey Davies (piano); Evelyn Chang (solo piano). Wednesday, January 7th, 7.30pm, Purcell Room (CC)

Harrison, Elias, MacMillan Christina Mairi Lawrie (piano). Purcell Room, PLG Series, Wednesdy, January 7th, 2004 (CC)

Handel, ‘Messiah’ Polyphony, The Academy of Ancient Music, cond. Stephen Layton, Emma Kirkby, William Towers, James Gilchrist, James Rutherford. Hazard Chase Christmas Festival, St. John’s Smith Square, 23rd December 2003 (ME)


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Contributors: Marc Bridle (Editor), Martin Anderson, Frank Cadenhead , Colin Clarke, Paul Conway, Sarah Dunlop, Melanie Eskenazi, Abigail Frymann, Simon Hewitt-Jones, Tim Hodgkinson, Martin Hoyle, Ben Killeen, Bill Kenny, Ian Lace, Jean Martin, Robin Mitchell-Boyask, Ian Pace, Peter Quantrill, Alex Russell, Harvey Steiman, Christopher Thomas, John Warnaby, Hans-Theodor Wolfhart, Peter Grahame Woolf (Founder & Emeritus Editor).