George Slater-Walker

George recently graduated with a BA in Music at Magdalen College Oxford and is now pursuing the life of a horn player in London and elsewhere. His particular interest lies in fin-de-siècle Austro-German music and art.
LSO shines under Harding in Schubert 5 and Das Lied von der Erde

Schubert's small Fifth Symphony and Mahler's enormous Das Lied von der Erde seemed like an odd pairing at first, but Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra made it work.

Friday 22nd November 2013 Read more...
The symphony that is not one: Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette with Gergiev and the LSO

The London Symphony Orchestra's series of Berlioz concerts with Valery Gergiev continued with his odd bird of a "dramatic symphony", Roméo et Juliette. Though not as fine as some of their other efforts, this is as fine a team of representatives as Berlioz could want.

Thursday 7th November 2013 Read more...
Uncanny, surpassing Berlioz from Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican

This was a performance which, whilst totally committed to Berlioz's uncanny ideas, was just as original and brilliant as the man himself: Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra excelled at the start of their series of Berlioz concerts at the Barbican.

Monday 4th November 2013 Read more...
Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra bring their Barbican Brahms cycle to an end

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly's Brahms cycle at the Barbican came to an end with the Fourth Symphony and the Violin Concert with star soloist Leonidas Kavakos. But despite some stunning playing, this was an unmoving performance.

Friday 1st November 2013 Read more...
John Lill in excellent form for the second concert of his Beethoven piano sonata cycle

At Cadogan Hall, John Lill plays the second concert in Beethoven's piano sonata cycle, with refreshing commitment and originality.

Wednesday 23rd October 2013 Read more...
The Brahmsian orchestra at its best: Philharmonia Brahms cycle continues with van Steen

Showing Brahms' at his most full-blooded, the Philharmonia Orchestra, led by Jac Van Steen, and featuring Christian Tetzlaff and Tanja Tetzlaff, performed Brahms' Third Symphony, and the Haydn Variations and Double Concerto at the Royal Festival Hall. 

Monday 14th October 2013 Read more...
Hannu Lintu and Hélène Grimaud open the Philharmonia's Brahms cycle

With Hannu Lintu stepping in at the last minute to replace Andris Nelsons, the Philharmonia performed the first installment of their Brahms cycle, including the First Piano Concerto with Hélène Grimaud, this was fine a performance of Brahms' First Symphony as one could hope for.

Friday 11th October 2013 Read more...
The Appassionata opens John Lill's Beethoven sonata cycle at Cadogan Hall

Renowned Beethoven pianist John Lill is performing all of Beethoven's piano sonatas at Cadogan Hall over a series of eight concerts. The first concert combined three lesser-performed works with the famous Appassionata, with varying success.

Wednesday 9th October 2013 Read more...
A lesson in orchestral technique from Orchestra Mozart and Haitink in their London debut

Claudio Abbado's Bologna-based orchestra made their London debut under veteran conductor Bernard Haitink with piano soloist Maria João Pires, replacing the unwell Abbado and pianist Martha Argerich. The all-Beethoven concert moved from high drama to sunny optimism.

Thursday 3rd October 2013 Read more...
Distractions mar an excellently played Quartet for the End of Time at Kings Place Festival

A vivid performance of Olivier Messiaen's wartime work Quartet for the End of Time was surprisingly placed in opposition to a Cuban big band at Kings Place Festival last weekend.

Friday 20th September 2013 Read more...
Spellbinding Schubert and a Pintscher world première from Inon Barnatan at Wigmore Hall

Inon Barnatan's Wigmore Hall recital saved the best until last, with a transformative performance of Schubert's late A major Piano Sonata concluding a recital which had also contained a dramatic world première from Matthias Pintscher.

Thursday 19th September 2013 Read more...
Prom 42: Kirill Karabits, Sunwook Kim and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Prom 42 saw principal conductor Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra play Janáček's Sinfonietta, Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto in C Minor, and Tchaikovsky's Third Symphony, in D Major at the Royal Albert Hall.

Friday 16th August 2013 Read more...


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