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In opera and ballet, the Kirov continues to innovate, even as it builds on historic strengths. Driving this winning formula are the titanic energies of its artistic director, Valery Gergiev
Ivan Hewett  

Being Brendel

The great pianist's life seems to have passed him by without emotional impact. But he turns out not to be the "intellectual" pianist that people imagine.
Ivan Hewett  

Listening to the other

World music is a huge global business, but in musical terms it doesn't actually exist. For the authentic vibe, listen to the tinkle of money changing hands
Ivan Hewett  

Modernism matters

Most people are tempted to consign musical modernism to the lumber room of history. Music still needs the modernists' spirit of adventure
Ivan Hewett  

Musical notes

How do you write up-lifting, start-of-an-era music? With difficulty it seems, as Kurt Masur has discovered
Ivan Hewett