Concert Reviews

Opera North’s production of Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana Members of the Chorus of Opera North with Anne-Marie Owens as Lucia. Photo: Tristram Kenton
Comparisons between Cavalleria rusticana (1890) and Rachmaninov’s first opera Aleko (1893) have often been made, in terms of their themes of adulterous passion and jealousy, violence and murder, among communities that were marginal and...
Photo: Chris Lee
This concert marked the New York Philharmonic’s 17,000th concert and its first-ever performance of Louise Farrenc’s (nineteenth-century) Overture No.2. Santtu-Matias Rouvali shaped a robust, accomplished account of the French composer’s...
Guy Johnston talking to Clara Biss about his memories of John Tavener - Photo: Shoel Stadlen
A trio of highly individual personalities: two iconoclasts and one whose folk-influenced music was often invested with a primordial rhythmic power. It was a shared intensity of expression that became...
The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann. Photo by Mark Allan
In the second of two concerts featuring Bruckner, Nathalie Stutzmann and the London Symphony Orchestra came to the composer's final Symphony, taking up his suggestion to use his setting of the...
Photo: Chris Lee
The program opened with Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade, a concerto-like piece inspired by Plato’s philosophical text, Symposium. Baiba Skride was to have been the soloist, but her withdrawal brought in Esther Yoo. Composed in...
The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No 22 K482 (Leif Ove Andsnes: piano) and Anton Bruckner Symphony No 7 (Ed Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs, Urtext Edition) in the Barbican Hall on Thursday 8 Feb. 2024 Photo by Mark Allan
The LSO kicked off its celebration of Bruckner in his 200th-anniversary year with this first of a pair of concerts under Nathalie Stutzmann. Appropriately it featured what is still probably...
Photo: Fadi Kheir
For his main stage Carnegie Hall debut, Víkingur Ólafsson delivered a dazzling interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, midway through his season-long tour, performing the piece in 88 venues across six continents. As...
Photo: Steve J Sherman
Back in Carnegie Hall for the first time since October 2019 when it performed a mixed repertory over two nights under Valery Gergiev, this Munich Philharmonic concert was the second...
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Guest Gianandrea Noseda led off with ‘Ch’io mi scordi di te?, the grandest of Mozart’s 35 concert arias, a ‘Scene and Rondo’. Golda Schultz’s radiant soprano was bright enough in...
Photo: Chris Lee
The evening opened with Anton Webern’s ravishing instrumentation of the six-part Ricercata, a fugue from Bach’s Musical Offering. Yannick Nézet-Séguin elicited a coherent, transparently textured account that allowed the piece...
Photo: Chris Lee
For the first concert of its annual residency at Carnegie Hall, the Boston Symphony Orchestra led off with Tania Léon’s Stride, premiered by the New York Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden in...
Photo: Bruce Bennett
This Palm Beach Opera production of Tosca superbly conveys both the beauty of Puccini’s music and the suspenseful drama of the Sardou play from which the opera is adapted. David...
Photo: Fadi Kheir
The New York Philharmonic continued this season’s ‘The Art of the Score’ series with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, a highly stylized exploration of the tragic consequences of obsession...
Album launch concert: Rob Cope’s ‘Gemini’
A capacity crowd at the Vortex requires additional folding chairs in front of the tiny stage, and even then the audience size is only around fifty people. But this small...
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In recent years it has been customary to present Smetana’s national epic in its entirety, all six-tone poems at one sitting. Unlike the 2011 and 2019 Prom performances at the...
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This program of three-early-20th-century works, part of Carnegie Hall’s ongoing festival, “Fall of the Weimar Republic: Dancing on the Precipice”, opened with an enchanting renditionof Petrushka. Emphasizing rhythmic details with...
Photo: Steve J. Sherman
This carefully curated program, part of Carnegie Hall’s festival, Fall of the Weimar Republic: Dancing on the Precipice, which surveys the sounds of Germany’s Weimar era (1919-1933), bookended Anton Webern’s exacting...
Sir Simon Rattle ends his final concert as LSO Music Director with Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie, joined by pianist Peter Donohoe and Ondes-Martenot player Cynthia Millar. Preceded by Betsy Jolas Ces belles années… (world premiere) with Faustine de Monès: soprano in the Barbican Hall on Wednesday 14 June 2023 Photo by Mark Allan
The memory of the LSO with its then music director Simon Rattle in concert performances of Kát’a Kabanová last year, separated by Covid from The Cunning Little Vixen in 2019, still looms large (and...
Photo: Chris Lee
Guest Jakub Hrůša led the New York Philharmonic through this mostly dazzling program with flair, opening with Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade, a work with a complicated history. Commissioned in 1898 by...
Photo: Tristram Kenton
The Royal Opera House’s first new production of the year is also the last that will be conducted by its outgoing music director, Sir Antonio Pappano – a collaboration with...
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