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First for the Second long overdue

Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Brendan Read

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by Peter McCallum Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No.1 is a favourite among Sydney audiences, after some truly memorable recent performances, notably by Truls Mork and Alisa Weilerstein.

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Karen Gomyo: full-bodied playing of superb polish

Violinist Karen Gomyo.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Peter McCallum Karen Gomyo's virtuosity and command of the violin is unimpeachable.

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Classical review: Elektra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Elektra

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Peter McCallum Elektra wants to kill her mother, for killing her husband, for killing his daughter. Tolstoy said each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, but even so, the house of Argos seems an extreme case.

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Sydney Symphony excels for chief conductor David Robertson

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Peter McCallum The orchestra has set a high standard for performances under its new leader.

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Stirring moments just wide of the mark

Ingrid Fliter.

Reviewed by Peter McCallum Before writing The Ring, Richard Wagner wrote a tortuous essay, Opera and Drama (1850), which tried to theorise what he was about to do. Music on its own no longer sufficed - it needed to be fertilised by a poetic idea as Beethoven had attempted in the Ninth Symphony. Program music, in the style of Berlioz, was not the answer - using music to tell stories ignored what music was good at.

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Precision, energy and elegance from a welcome talent

Jessica Cottis conducting the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Jessica Cottis conducts the Sydney Symphony.

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Terrible beauty in Sibelius's tragic epic

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra is touring to Russia with conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by Harriet Cunningham MOST people's knowledge of Jean Sibelius's music centres on a well-trodden loop of symphonies, the violin concerto and Finlandia.

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Foundation stones rock solid under Ashkenazy

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by Peter McCallum THE generation of composers born in the 1860s - Mahler, Debussy, Strauss, Sibelius and others - were path-breakers. Formed by Wagner, old enough to see the twilight of Romanticism and young enough to see beyond it, they set the foundation stones for music in the 20th century.

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