Reviews of live performances

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Nowhere was it more apparent how British ballet has split than during London's opening night of David Bintley's The Prince of the Pagodas by Birmingham Royal Ballet. Bintley sits very...
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Not one but two substantial encores were demanded after this recital, a mark of just how well the performances had come across. Named after the great violinist Adolf Busch –...
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I wonder how many newlyweds have left a church to the strains of “Widor’s Toccata”, recognising every note, but what of the composer behind them, Lyon-born Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937), and...
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The final concert in the Nash Ensemble’s “American Series” also took the opportunity to mark the forthcoming 80th-birthday of Sir Harrison Birtwistle (on July 15). The Nash commissioned Fantasia upon...
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Regrettably, Angelika Kirchschlager was indisposed and, with no replacement forthcoming, changes to the programme had to be made. Richard Egarr mirrored the father-son relationship of the first half with replacement...
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This concert was given as part of the Southbank’s Centre Pull Out All The Stops festival to celebrate the restoration of the Royal Festival Hall organ. The first requirement in...
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Pohjola’s Daughter spluttered into life like slightly uneven topiary to open this BBC Symphony Orchestra concert in brooding fashion, Susan Monks sporting a fine cello solo. The depth of corporate...
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Members of audiences tend to remember performers from their last appearances; in which case Anne Reid will currently be recalled opposite Derek Jacobi in the BAFTA award-winning TV series Last...
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The Belcea Quartet has been touring its Beethoven cycle for several years, and the musicians’ deep understanding of this repertoire showed in this compelling account of the First ‘Razumovsky’, the...
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Whether live or recorded, the Szymanowski Quartet has shown itself as at home in peripheral as in core repertoire, and this Wigmore Hall recital was no exception as it cast...
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Pull Out All The Stops is getting down to serious business with its organ recitals. This one from Thomas Trotter completely justified the fuss being made of the Royal Festival...
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In this Israel Philharmonic concert, Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth performed Brahms’s Double Concerto and Music Director for Life Zubin Mehta led the last of his seven concerts on the...
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Brahms reportedly destroyed twenty string quartets before finally submitting his two Opus 51 String Quartets for publication. The composer was overwhelmed by the prospect of living up to the standard...
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Not many conductors have the chance to come back and perform the same two works with the same orchestra half a century after having first recorded them together but, checking...
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Though the programme listed a fairly large body of strings, a fewer numbers of players walked on as part of an ensemble that might have been described as the ‘LSO...
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Few pieces engender as much debate as Bruckner's Eighth Symphony, with each of its editions having fierce advocates and falling into and out of favor over the course of the...
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Best known for her collaboration with the late (and great) Richard Rodney Bennett, Claire Martin has long been among the most versatile and wide-ranging of singers – jazz or otherwise...
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It was fantasy and fairy-tales live from Detroit to the World (arriving at midnight in London). Leonard Slatkin opened with Mother Goose. Although the first secrecy was getting sound and...
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Mechanisms, and the almost dehumanising nature of the mechanical, were firmly at the heart of this imaginatively constructed programme from Variable Geometry, a reference to the highly configurable nature of...
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Following the Gala Launch of the returned Royal Festival Hall organ, it was this “Celebrity Recital” (now there’s an infra dig title!) by John Scott that marked the first 'proper'...
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