Reviews of live performances

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What a lovely concert! Richard Strauss’s teenage single-movement Serenade opened the evening, a wind of change, thirteen such instruments, as a seated Mark Elder and LSO personnel gave a beguiling...
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The second half of the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s current season has included first hearings (at least in the UK) of violin concertos by several leading contemporary composers, and this time...
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Like Brahms with the Symphony, Julian Anderson has kept his powder dry with opera, waiting until his late-forties to produce his first – Thebans – which, to Frank McGuinness’s libretto,...
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Samuel Barber’s Adagio and the Philadelphia Orchestra – renowned for its lush string sonority – make a perfect match. And, to continue that thought, there seems to be another perfect...
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David McVicar’s production of Le nozze di Figaro was first seen in 2006 and now returns to Covent Garden for its sixth revival having previously been mounted as recently as...
Celebration-concerts for Richard Strauss’s 150th-anniversary year continued here (this was the LSO’s first birthday performance) with two of his Tone Poems sandwiching Brahms’s autumnal (his last orchestral composition, published when...
Here was dance and a visit to the cinema – courtesy of Prokofiev, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy. True, Scythian Suite, first heard in 1915, is a concert-hall work,...
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This performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem was the last scheduled event in New York commemorating the composer’s centennial year, which has brought many notable performances. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra...
His music may have made notable headway in the UK (notably with the high-profile staging of Sunken Garden by ENO), but there seems to have been no full-length concert devoted...
With the twin-bladed sword of outreach and accessibility dangling beadily over recherché classical music audiences, it seems to me that the Venezuela-born pianist Sergio Tiempo strikes just the right balance...
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One cannot fail to be impressed by the concerts that the London Schools Symphony Orchestra, under the aegis of the Centre for Young Musicians and the City of London Corporation,...
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John McCabe’s output is such that a whole series of concerts could be devised to mark his 75th-birthday, so credit to Mark Bebbington and John Thwaites for organising this recital...
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This was the second of three concerts by the Basel Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall as part of this venue’s Zürich International Orchestra series. Though not billed as such, each...
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The facts are these:On this Sunday-afternoon the Philharmonia Orchestra presented Johann Strauss II’s popular operetta, Die FledermausJohn Wilson’s conducting was stylish and affectionate throughout, doing the music proud, the pit-sized...
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Many of Rameau’s thirty or so stage-works are now common currency among the opera-loving public, but Zaïs (1747-8) is one of a good few others which remain obscure (this performance...
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We are awash with performances of Mahler Symphonies, and some of them are currently off my radar. Not the Seventh though, a great and fascinating piece, less angst-ridden and apocalyptic...
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Best of Friends at the enterprising Landor Theatre has already become somewhat notorious for its remarkable history, culminating in a prominent news item in the Evening Standard headlined “West End...
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Put the ‘Emperor’ Concerto and the ‘Pathétique’ Symphony on the same programme and a full house is assured; allowing room for the London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski to spice things...
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Whether 10.45 in the morning, Detroit time, is quite the instance to listen to, let alone play, two substantial and deep pieces such as these is a matter of conjecture....
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Though the Russian Easter Festival Overture is scored with Rimsky-Korsakov’s usual mastery, it is not an easy work to bring off, since in the wrong hands the insistent pounding rhythms...
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