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There is a welcome move to challenge the hallowed conventions of classical concerts. But change must be carefully negotiated

By Martin Kettle   April 2010

Franz Liszt during a recital in Berlin in the 1840s

How to reinvent the classical music concert for modern times, the subject of Alex Ross’s Royal Philharmonic Society lecture in March, is a question that is easier to ask than to answer. Ross is certainly not the first to pose the question, though in the light of his fame as the New Yorker’s classical music writer and his book, The Rest is Noise (2008), he has succeeded in focusing more attention on the issue than anyone else in recent times.

Unsurprisingly, the future of the concert was also…

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