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CONCERT REVIEW | Rossini, Grieg, & Tchaikovsky | Philharmonia Orchestra/Kim & Sung | Royal Festival Hall, London | "what drew Kim as original yet was his balance between boldness and silence, as the echoes of the slightest of notes aired poignancy as much as imagination"

CONCERT REVIEW | Dukas, Rachmaninov & Berlioz | Philharmonia Orchestra/Kozhukhin & Järvi | Royal Festival Hall, London | "the tuttis had colour and swing, and the climax copious yet far from overwhelming"

CONCERT REVIEW | Widmann, Lutosławski, & Brahms | Berliner Philharmoniker & Rattle | Royal Festival Hall, London | "One had to simply admire this klang while it was still there, for the silence that followed the last note signaled the end of an era"

CONCERT REVIEW | Abrahamsen & Bruckner | Berliner Philharmoniker & Rattle | Royal Festival Hall, London | "the Berliner strings never betrayed an underlying sinew – somehow reminding one of the Karajan-sound, as it were"

CONCERT REVIEW | Stravinsky, Debussy, & Shostakovich | London Philharmonic Orchestra/Andsnes & Jurowski | Royal Festival Hall, London | "Rarely have the LPO’s strings been so concentrated in white heat"

CONCERT REVIEW | Giguère, Elgar, & Sibelius | London Symphony Orchestra/Müller-Schott & Mälkki| Barbican, London | "The ever-so-musical Müller-Schott had an undeniably tonal beauty and every percussive element was kept with lyrical allure"

CONCERT REVIEW | Schumann | London Symphony Orchestra/Faust & Gardiner | Barbican, London | "The woodwinds gliding through the lean, lyrical strings were special, yet the highlights were in the clarity of the contrapuntal and chorale-like sections of the Finale, where Gardiner rose to his credential as early music specialist"

CONCERT REVIEW | Schumann & Berlioz | London Symphony Orchestra/Hallenberg & Gardiner | Barbican, London | "Under Gardiner’s leadership, the LSO have rediscovered a compelling language"