Concert Reviews

It is always good to welcome Birmingham Royal Ballet back to the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, its spiritual, if not actual, home; this always-likeable company continues to have a loyal London...
The late Anthony Minghella’s production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly occupies a significant place in the Met’s history. It began Peter Gelb’s inaugural season as General Director in 2006, with the...
So atmospherically powerful is David Pountney’s staging of Janáček’s From the House of the Dead that it comes as a shock to realise that it was first mounted thirty-five years...
This programme of British music included John Ireland’s once-regularly-performed Piano Concerto, and opened with the Overture from Vaughan Williams’s music for The Wasps, written in 1909 for a production of...
This Khovanshchina shows Welsh National Opera at its absolute best, a monumental if occasionally erratic work, requiring huge forces. Johan Engel’s set design, framed by angled and tilting walls and...
Leif Ove Andsnes is on the road, fourteen recital dates covering Bilbao to Munich, ending December 3. London was the fifth leg, Andsnes opening his chosen programme with Sibelius, not...
Sixty-seven years since its 1950 premiere, Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul returns to the London stage – after what seems to be a now regular two-decade gap. Before this Guildhall...
Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel is one of the most exciting new operas to come to the Met in recent years. This was the second in an eight-performance run (with...
Lucia di Lammermoor is of particular significance to The Royal Opera given that a previous staging (Zeffirelli’s), revived often, was that which launched the international career of Joan Sutherland and...
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center helped mark Leonard Bernstein’s forthcoming centenary – he was born on 25 August 2018. The title of Arias and Barcarolles (1988) comes from...
It was presumably serendipitous, but entirely apt, that this generous compilation of New World works brought some much-needed Latin American sunshine on the day Britain turned the clocks back and...
What would Rachmaninov have made of his Second Piano Concerto in Khatia Buniatishvili's hands? – the old conjurer in black, the young pretender in satin off-white. Judging by this performance,...
This recital was the first of Daniil Trifonov’s seven-part “Perspectives” series at Carnegie Hall, which will focus on the music of Chopin, and include Trifonov’s own Piano Concerto.Frederic Mompou originally...
Although it has been a regular visitor to the BBC Proms, this concert – a tribute to Jacqueline du Pré in aid of the MS Society – marked the debut...
Vienna-based Andrés Orozco-Estrada, these days in charge of the Houston Symphony and Frankfurt Radio Symphony and principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic, is no stranger to the mainlining Shostakovich...
The Max Raabe cult, flourishing from Japan to the United States, is getting a toe-hold in London – he was at Wigmore Hall two years ago and brought his Palast...
This neatly designed programme, the second instalment in Sakari Oramo’s BBC Symphony Orchestra Sibelius cycle, embraced Jean-Efflam Bavouzet in two piano-and-orchestra works that were bookended by thirty-minute, three-movement Symphonies by...
In ENO’s revival of Rodelinda, humour, often burlesque, provides contrast to the stern realism of the love, control and betrayal central to one of Handel’s masterpieces. Richard Jones’s production takes...
It is said that more people were harmed and more damage done to the Winter Palace in the making of Eisenstein’s film to mark the tenth anniversary of the October...
The Philharmonia Orchestra stepped aside for the latest instalment of its “Voices of Revolution” series, all conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy (continues March, April, May), with the Royal College of Music...
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