December 2019 Concert Reviews

November 2019 Concert Reviews
The Royal Opera – Giuseppe Verdi's Otello – Gregory Kunde, Ermonela Jaho, Carlos Álvarez – directed by Keith Warner, conducted by Antonio Pappano
Monday, December 09, 2019 (Alexander Campbell) |  ★★★★☆ The Royal Opera House has heard some extraordinary and memorable orchestral interpretations of this opera over many years, including those of Georg Solti, Colin Davis, Edward Downes and the unforgettable Carlos Kleiber for five performances in February 1980. At this first revival of Keith Warner’s 2017 staging Antonio Pappano’s account of the score bristles and blisters excitingly and with greater dramatic and propulsive force than ever before – he conducted the initial performances of this production as well as revivals of the previous one. The orchestral sound was vibrant and sometimes overwhelming; those listening carefully will undoubtedly learn about and marvel at details of Verdi’s orchestration. … 
Arcadi Volodos at Barbican Hall – Franz Liszt and Robert Schumann
Friday, December 06, 2019 (Kevin Rogers) |  This Barbican Hall recital was a triumph for Arcadi Volodos, and a celebration of word-painting by music – expressionistic, feelings and images conjured from sounds. With the piano spot-lit from above ever so gently and the audience in close-to-darkness, this proved to be a gloriously intimate occasion, a private communication from pianist to his audience. … 
LSO/Gianandrea Noseda – Dmitri Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony – Khatia Buniatishvili plays Pyotr Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto
Thursday, December 05, 2019 (Alexander Hall) |  What once was and is now again known as Saint Petersburg, with brief intervals as Petrograd and Leningrad, formed the focus of a mighty war symphony composed in that city’s darkest hour. Cities have long featured in symphonic exploration – Vaughan Williams’s London Symphony, say – or in tone poems such as Respighi’s Rome trilogy, but there is nothing in musical literature of this length which was so directly prompted by the depths of human suffering. … 
Tenebrae at Wigmore Hall – Nigel Short & Olivia Jageurs
Sunday, December 01, 2019 (Amanda-Jane Doran) |  Nigel Short’s chamber choir Tenebrae was formed in 2001 and is celebrated for both its virtuosity and its unique sweetly blended sound. In spite of changes in line-up the vocal character of the choir has remained constant and its repertoire of complex close harmony, within a dramatic framework, has won a following around the globe. The performance began in atmospheric style with the distant male voices of the group intoning the Gregorian chant for advent, ‘O come, O come Emmanuel’, processing from the back of the hall. … 

 

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