Concert Reviews

It has been a good week for Szymanowski devotees, with the Royal Opera staging King Roger and Nicola Benedetti here performing the equally adventurous Violin Concerto No.1, part of the...
Joshua Weilerstein, found you! He withdrew from the BBC Symphony Orchestra just over a week ago (an opportunity grabbed by Michał Nesterowicz) but was here caught on camera by the...
Undoubtedly the most significant aspect of Jiří Bělohlávek’s ongoing association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra has been the semi-staging of Czech operas, so enabling London audiences to experience at first...
With just over a week remaining in its 2014-15 Season, Metropolitan Opera has revived for the second time Jonathan Miller’s 1997 production of Igor Stravinsky’s only full-length opera, The Rake’s...
A single Symphony for lunch – sufficient when it is Tchaikovsky’s Byron-inspired Manfred. Composed between those numbered 4 and 5, it gets short-shrift in some quarters, even exclusion, and has...
The London Philharmonic welcomed back Giancarlo Guerrero and Narek Hakhnazaryan (both had debuted in out-of-town concerts in recent years) to close its 2014-15 Season.Guerrero, music director of the Nashville Symphony...
The noble King Roger feels he is incomplete and is forced to confront his instincts by the Shepherd, leader of a new faith, who has suddenly appeared at the medieval...
Although Claudio Monteverdi gets more attention these days for his operas and madrigals, his Vespers of 1610 is one of the Baroque era’s greatest masterpieces of religious music.It consists of...
The Leonore Trio’s cycle devoted to the Piano Trios of Beethoven continued here with his earliest surviving piece for the medium – a brief Allegretto (c.1790) whose expressive insouciance is...
What a refreshing change. This was the second of two concerts (the first was last November) given by the Philharmonia Orchestra and Jakub Hrůša exploring “The Mighty Handful” group of...
This concert marked a double debut with the LSO – for Tugan Sokhiev (although he is a welcome and familiar face at the Southbank Centre with the Philharmonia Orchestra) and...
I first saw Vladimir Jurowski conduct Rachmaninov at Glyndebourne in 2004 when, in a double bill with Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and with Sergei Leiferkus in the title role, he delivered...
Anne Reid and Stefan Bednarczyk have both played successfully at The Crazy Coqs – Anne with her exquisite one-woman show, and Stefan with his sterling off-beat tribute to Noël Coward....
Stephen Hough’s passions are wide-ranging – poet, theologian, painter, composer, much hit-on Telegraph blogger, all enlarged by his genius as world-class re-creative artist. The pianist who can project Chopin at...
There cannot have been many, if any, members of the Wigmore Hall audience at this BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert who were not familiar with the opening of J. S....
Even after a decade or two, the Royal Festival Hall’s Harrison & Harrison organ still takes me by surprise with its almost confrontational presence – there really is nowhere to...
This concert marked a sad occasion in the musical life of New York as the American Symphony Orchestra presented its Classics Declassified program featuring the Sinfonietta of Leoš Janáček.This was...
Yuri Temirkanov may not use a magic baton but he can display the hands and gestures of an alchemist, as he did in this thought-provoking account of Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony....
Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass is such a stand-alone work, except in terms of duration, that it’s hard to judge what to programme with it. In the event the LPO and Tomáš...
As wide-ranging and as versatile as he is, Leonard Slatkin is not especially associated with the Symphonies of Anton Bruckner. Through recordings I have heard him in Number 2 (Bavarian...
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