A Messiaen double bill at the Barbican

Messiaen L’Ascension Messiaen TurangalĂ®la Symphony BBC Symphony Orchestra Sakari Oramo conductor Steven Osborne piano Cynthia Millar ondes martenot Wednesday 24th May 2017 The authors of ArtMuseLondon must confess to a certain fascination with the Ondes Martenot, that strange early electronic instrument which stars in Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony. We first encountered the instrument at an earlier…

Master meets Master – head on: Murray Perahia plays Beethoven

I wasn’t expecting to be at a concert on Monday evening, but a chance offer of a ticket to hear Murray Perahia playing my favourite Beethoven Piano Concerto led to a most enjoyable and uplifting evening at the Barbican in the company of piano friends and fine musicians. It’s hard to believe that Murray Perahia…