Concert Reviews

Whatever the tests of fidelity and the opera’s love-in/out shenanigans (sometimes in disguise), which Lorenzo Da Ponte’s libretto for Così fan tutte calls for, Mozart’s Overture to what follows is...
Welsh National Opera’s revival of Annabel Arden’s direction of La bohème, featuring four singers making their debuts, is a sensitive and, at times, bizarrely comic production performed with assurance and...
Daniel Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin reached what many consider the pinnacle of Bruckner’s completed Symphonies, the Eighth. Although not as polyphonically complex as the Fifth or as structurally cogent as...
Creation was the topic of this London Philharmonic Orchestra concert, springing out of the Southbank Centre’s commodious Belief & Beyond Belief series, but its main point of interest was the...
For its 2017 season Palm Beach Opera opens with Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Inna Los as Cio-Cio-San (the Butterfly of the title) and Scott Quinn as Pinkerton make an attractive couple,...
While the ensemble successfully rendered the melancholic second movement with poignancy, the flashier outer ones felt underwhelming in their distance. Wolfram Brandal played the violin part with shimmering luster and...
Mozart in the morning, Mozart in the evening; that was the plan for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin as the third part of their latest six-pack Winter Festival...
There is an unnerving sense in which Elisabeth Leonskaja seems to look composers straight in the eye, secure in the knowledge of the strange alchemy that by being their servant...
The creative will, the interpretive mind at twenty-five; Brahms grappling with the problems, the troubled orchestration of his D-minor Piano Concerto; Richard Strauss triumphing in the vision, the polished canvas...
The second of the London Philharmonic’s contributions to the Southbank Centre’s ambitious, year-long Belief & Beyond Belief festival, continued to investigate ‘meaning’ – although all three works here, composed over...
Anne-Sophie Mutter is celebrating a nearly thirty-year partnership with Lambert Orkis with an extensive European tour. Her gorgeous Galliano fishtail gown in buttercup-yellow reflected the golden tones of her Stradivarius....
As the musicians of Staatskapelle Berlin filed onto the stage of Carnegie Hall to play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.22, the gentleman sitting behind me told his seat-mate: “But then, Mozart’s...
Midway through their Carnegie Hall Bruckner cycle, Daniel Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin offered a stupendous performance of the Fifth Symphony, purportedly in the original version, embellished by doubling the brass...
Now thirty, the Italian-Romanian pianist Emanuel Rimoldi studied at the Verdi Conservatory in Milan, followed by five years with Elissò Virsaladze at the Moscow Conservatory. He's presently studying in Hanover...
Brahms and Messiaen as composers are as much alike as chalk and cheese; and there seems little to connect Brahms – at best a resolute agnostic – with the Southbank...
The keyboard writing in K537 is arguably the most florid of all of Mozart’s Piano Concertos. He wrote the work in 1788 to play on tour at a time when...
Short Stravinsky and big Bruckner rubbed shoulders, finding the Kensington Symphony Orchestra in fine fettle in response to long-time chief Russell Keable’s focussed and fertile conducting.It was good to hear...
Andris Nelsons’s skill at getting to the spirit behind a composer’s scoring has been a cause of wonder for over a decade – for UK music-lovers since the willowy Latvian...
Overtures, or short orchestral openers, being in short supply these days at concerts, a regrettable situation, it was gratifying to have two in this the second webcast of the six-programme...
Regular concert-goers hardly need reminding that, so far as the UK is concerned, our semi-professional orchestras often mount programmes that are more interesting than many by more internationally-known ensembles.This Bromley...
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