Reviews of live performances

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For the second night running in London a composer conducted his latest completed opera. Following Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel at Covent Garden, John Adams’s 2005 Doctor Atomic (The Gospel...
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Well over two centuries before Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice had their West End hit with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Handel treated the same Biblical narrative in...
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Louis Lortie brought his trademark Fazioli to Wigmore Hall for music as stylistically different as could be, yet similar in aim – contrasting soundworlds in miniature forms, beginning with a...
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I once visited the cathedral in Ortigia, in Sicily, and was very moved by the sight of a Baroque church incorporating the columns of a Greek temple built a long...
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Existential crisis is no recent phenomenon and was hardly more so fifty-five years ago when Luis Buñuel released El angel exterminador, his stinging attack on bourgeois mores which set the...
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Andreas Haefliger (son of the late tenor Ernst) is a musician who brings a boundary-breaking completeness to his recitals, as he proved in the latest his Perspectives project (available on...
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Ivana Gavrić drew a full-house to Wigmore Hall for a well-planned programme drenched in expressive nineteenth-century Romanticism and full of poetic imagery. She is a pianist with great sensitivity to...
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This rather odd programme (certainly in terms of the opening item – which, given the other works played, ought to have been something by Delius) got off to an excellent...
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It is surprising how few major composers have written cycles of Piano Sonatas in the wake of Beethoven, with the ten-strong sequence by Scriabin among the most significant. Not that...
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The broadcasters were out in force for this one, live on LSO YouTube and also on medici.tv, and recorded by BBC Radio 3, for this portion of François-Xavier Roth’s After...
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Leonard Slatkin entered, took his bow, then retreated, leaving concertmaster Yoonshin Song and her bow (word-play) to start this eclectic DSO concert with the ‘Preludio’ from the E-major Partita, which...
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The Germans have a word for it – Heimat – but as Benjamin Appl explained following Schubert’s ‘Seligkeit’ (Bliss, D433), sung invitingly, its reclusive meaning is rather more than “home”...
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Fantasy represents an unabashed embrace of freedom: only minds pried open conjure wand-wielding pubescents, loquacious furballs, and spunky space droids. In music, the Fantasy, originated in the sixteenth-century by lutenists...
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Once again, Charles Dutoit and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra hit the spot. The great mystery and mastery of Dutoit’s conducting is how he can be both expansive and precise at...
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The stars were brightly shining for Piers Lane’s illuminating Chopin recital at Wigmore Hall, a neatly planned programme enhanced by the audience respecting the pianist’s request for no applause until...
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The Basel Chamber Orchestra, (re-)founded in 1984, last played at Wigmore Hall in 2014. Daniel Hope (last year appointed music director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra) was billed as director...
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Devotion to stylish performance-practice is a feature of Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment concerts and it was much in evidence in this programme. A raised eyebrow perhaps at the...
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Leonard Slatkin completed his week at the Peabody Institute – including masterclasses and recording sessions – with this concert of similarly opus-numbered standards bookending a recent Flute Concerto by Aaron...
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The spa town of Baden-Baden, in south-western Germany, once again welcomes the Berliner Philharmoniker, from April 7 to 17, including concerts with Zubin Mehta and Kirill Petrenko, and Simon Rattle...
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You might have thought that performances of J. S. Bach’s Passions had enough to do balancing the layers of St John’s or St Matthew’s vivid versions of the story, highly...
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