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Classical music & opera

  • Review
    Don Giovanni, Glyndebourne – obsession, distress and danger in uneven new production

  • Review
    Wozzeck, Royal Opera House – Gerhaher’s victim shuffles towards disaster in nuanced staging

    Deborah Warner’s focused and vivid new production avoids caricature, and, with superb singing and Antonio Pappano’s conducting, drama and music dovetail perfectly
  • Turbocharge philanthropy, conga to Beethoven, ditch the ukuleles:
    10 ways to save classical music

    After cuts by Arts Council England and the BBC, Simon Rattle says UK opera houses and orchestras have never faced greater peril. How can they fight back? Top musicians outline their battle plans
  • The week in classical: The Pearl Fishers; Takács Quartet – review

    • Emanuel Ax review – quicksilver agility and a model of good musical sense

    • Carmen review – a true-crime thriller with an uneasy heroine

    • BCMG/Wendeberg review – ‘arborescent’ choral work celebrates Birmingham’s 100,000 new trees

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  • Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde review – Gerhaher and Beczała give late masterpiece new life

  • Classical home listening: Carl Nielsen: The Symphonies; Alex Paxton’s Happy Music for Orchestra

  • Brahms By Arrangement Vol Two: Orchestrations by Robin Holloway review – dialogue with the past brings present benefits

  • Classical home listening: coronation anthems; Christopher Purves’s My Soul, What Fear You?

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  • Obituary
    Nicholas Snowman

  • Obituary
    Christopher Nupen

  • ‘I was swallowing the piano whole’
    Stephen Hough on life as a prodigy – and playing for Jimmy Savile

  • Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts
    ‘I know people who support the war. They keep their mouths shut’

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