Concert Reviews

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...
Woolf Works, Wayne McGregor’s ambitious, Virginia Woolf-inspired trilogy of ballets-in-one evening returns to Covent Garden. When first created, it was widely heralded as a genuine departure for the choreographer who...
Two brightly-lit Russian scores framed a world premiere from Giulia Monducci in a programme that showcased the talents of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and the artistry of Martha Argerich.She has...
The third installment of the Carnegie Hall Bruckner Symphony Cycle with Daniel Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin.The first half consisted of Mozart’s C-minor Piano Concerto K491. Its richness in character was...
You can’t fault the Southbank Centre for its ambitious programming. This month it has started offering its public the meaning of life, no less, in the Belief & Beyond Belief...
Every concert, every recording by Daniil Trifonov is a major event. Not all live up to the promise (specifically, his Prom with Staatskapelle Dresden last year in which he played...
This Met revival of Michael Mayer’s 2013 production of Rigoletto features a cast of singers with years of experience in their roles.Much of the musical success lies in the inventive...
Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic opened their Cadogan Hall concert with music by Bergen-born Edvard Grieg, some of his score for Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. Within seconds we were reminded...
This was the second of a nine-concert residency with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin at Carnegie Hall, the first time in the venue’s history that Bruckner’s nine numbered Symphonies...
“Welcome to Shakespeare 401 with Oliver Knussen conducting Macbeth and Falstaff as part of the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s latest Barbican Hall offering.”That one line was written pre-performance, intended as an...
On the same day as Donald Trump is inaugurated as the next President of the United States, the Detroit Symphony and Leonard Slatkin’s Mozart Festival had its first of six...
At Metropolitan Opera, Bizet’s Carmen has become a well-worn favorite; however, at this latest revival, even the debuts of Clémentine Margaine and Rafael Davila were not enough to make this...
After a four-year absence, Daniel Barenboim returned to Carnegie Hall to lead Staatskapelle Berlin in the first of a nine-concert series making a traversal of Anton Bruckner’s numbered Symphonies. In...
Commencing almost half-an-hour late because of traffic delays affecting both orchestra and audience, Andris Nelsons’s performance of Bruckner’s mighty Fifth Symphony was the only item on the programme and it...
Imagine an evening made up of J. S. Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. That could be a hard listen for even the most dedicated music lover. Then imagine...
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