Reviews of live performances

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As part of the Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series – those instalments that would normally grace the being-refurbished Queen Elizabeth Hall are relocated to St John’s – Denis Kozhukhin included...
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The Kensington Symphony Orchestra began its 2015-16 Season (KSO @ 60) with a swashbuckling account of Richard Strauss’s Don Juan, athletic and ardent, the tricky-to-launch opening unanimous and also enjoying...
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Valery Gergiev is currently signing off his eight-year tenure as Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra “Valery Gergiev: Man of the Theatre”, contrasting seminal works by Stravinsky and Bartók....
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English Touring Opera has a winner of a show with The Tales of Hoffmann. There is no definitive version of Offenbach’s score, which was left unfinished at his death in...
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Those who are at all familiar with Friedrich Cerha, who celebrates his 90th-birthday next year, on February 17, are likely to have encountered it through his completion of the third...
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Whilst the Queen Elizabeth Hall is undergoing refurbishment, St John’s proved a fine setting for the first concert in the London Sinfonietta’s 2015-16 Season.Publicity for this concert promoted an evening...
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At the first sweep of climax in the Overture to the ‘Prologue’ of Ariadne auf Naxos, the full set is revealed – Downton Abbey-style, the decidedly non-palatial beneath-stairs of the...
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One would think that the collaboration between a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, an acclaimed ensemble, and an equally highly regarded string quartet would lead to an unforgettable evening of music. Unfortunately...
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We’ve been here before! The Firebird has been a constant in Valery Gergiev’s repertoire – and not just with the LSO, but also with the London Philharmonic and the Mariinsky...
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Otto Schenk’s productions are an endangered species, with eleven of his sixteen for the Met, including six Wagner operas, no longer in the company’s active repertory. Tannhäuser, premiered in 1977...
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The American mid-west in the 1950s is not the obvious modernising update for Massenet’s powerful tear-jerker about the Byronic poet Werther who shoots himself when his love for Charlotte, the...
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When New York unveiled its statue of Dvořák in 2004, on hand were several Czech-Americans, including Miloš Forman and the then First Lady of New York City, Donna Hanover, married...
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This chunky concert found Daniil Trifonov continuing his Rachmaninov cycle with the Philharmonia Orchestra. His Fourth and final Piano Concerto (twice revised) is arguably the pick of the bunch –...
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In the first recital of the Southbank Centre’s 2015-16 International Piano Series (with the Queen Elizabeth Hall programmes transferred to St John’s, Smith Square), Angela Hewitt covered both the period...
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My most recent experience of Magdalena Kožená was as the Angel in The Dream of Gerontius at the Proms, a performance that had me wondering how, or if, she would...
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The Russian piano school has in recent times produced a host of pianists capable of playing with great (and sometimes excessive) strength and conviction, yet even among these luminaries the...
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Originally an offspring of the service orchestra in the employ of the island's British Naval Commander-in-Chief, the Malta Philharmonic was founded in 1968. A change of management structure last season...
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This New York Philharmonic program offered Marc Neikrug’s new Canta-Concerto between two Brahms pieces. Any thought that this selection may have been haphazard was dispelled as the evening progressed, allowing...
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The first of this Season’s BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion Days was devoted to the music of Henryk Górecki, five years since the Polish composer’s death and two decades since...
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A neat idea to couple Oliver Knussen’s Scriabin Settings with ‘The Divine Poem’. Knussen’s without-opus-number transcriptions (arriving in 1978 between his 16 and 17) of five from numerous piano pieces...
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