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Moments of unintended hilarity lighten an otherwise second-rate production of Wagner's Ring. But Haitink's Beethoven cycle with the LSO is exceptional

By Stephen Everson   June 2006

Belated praise for Uchida

First, some delayed business. Having ceded last month’s Musical notes in favour of an interview with the new director of the Wigmore Hall, I did not have the opportunity to note Mitsuko Uchida’s Mozart recital at the Barbican in early April. It would be churlish not to do so now. In April’s column, I worried that Uchida’s musical character on stage was becoming increasingly febrile, but the Barbican recital was the perfect riposte, as it was to those who think that the Mozart of the piano sonatas is a less compelling composer than the Mozart…

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