Reviews of live performances

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Stanisław Skrowaczewski, 90 years young, here led a magnificent Bruckner 3. Beforehand, in a concert lacking an overture (a sadly neglected species these days), we were sent coldly into Mendelssohn’s...
What is Richard Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten? A supra-human comedy is the reasonable (if fudged) response, though with the moral proviso that inner fulfilment can only be attained through...
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Last year’s celebration of the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth left no-one in any doubt as to his continuing significance. Although Britten had no pupils as such, his distinctive compositional...
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Your correspondent first encountered George Dyson’s music 61 years ago, on taking part in rehearsals for his short setting of the revised text of the Coronation Confortare (“Be strong and...
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Shorn of the need for directorial interpretation of its neo-classical probity, La clemenza di Tito told its story with uncompromising, sometimes brilliant directness in Classical Opera’s concert performance. Written in...
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It's easy to forget that jazz owes as much to the shtetls and synagogues of Eastern Europe as it does to the slave songs of the Deep South – to...
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In a recent assessment by the people who do such things, Denmark was discovered to be the Happiest Country in the World. Waiting to hear a selection of work by...
The chamber recitals currently being held in the spacious concert hall at Milton Court will hopefully become a staple of the London calendar – not least in bringing to our...
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This concert was promoted as one of the events to celebrate John Lill’s 70th-birthday (on March 17). It was very an old-fashioned Beethoven night, with even the inclusion, praise be,...
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Giuseppe Filianoti was here making a belated London recital debut, an earlier scheduled appearance in the Rosenblatt series having had to be postponed. He came to Wigmore Hall as an...
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The members of the Berlin-based Artemis Quartet do not make life easy for themselves. Having tackled two of the most demanding works in the repertory, they capped the evening with...
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It is just seven years since Opera North premiered The Adventures of Pinocchio, bringing it to London in early 2008, where it was filmed for DVD (Opus Arte) at Sadler’s...
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Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium was packed to overflowing for Evgeny Kissin’s recital. Beside his extraordinary technical prowess, Kissin’s remarkable gift for conveying the inner poetic nature of the works he...
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The Wigmore Hall is particularly well suited to the intimacy of Shostakovich’s string quartets, and the Brentano String Quartet exploited this quality during the first work of this BBC Radio...
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Pablo Heras-Casado, the dapper 36-year-old conductor from Granada, has been making waves both internationally and in New York as chief of the Orchestra of St Luke’s. This Southbank Centre matinee...
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This staged performance (the third of five) of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd featured brilliant singing and acting by Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson. Lonny Price and an outstanding production team...
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It would be easy to report that 20-year-old Ilyich Rivas has a great future, save this concert more than suggested that he’s already having it. From the ranks of El...
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Hans Werner Henze’s take on the Manon Lescaut story is a wonderfully compact and vivid realisation set to some of the composer’s most elegant and crystalline music. There are influences...
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After last year’s triple whammy of opera anniversaries (Britten, Verdi, Wagner), even Richard Strauss may have a harder time this year. So pity poor Rameau – for some a game-changer...
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Since the start of this season, concertgoers and opera-lovers in and around Boston had been eagerly anticipating this performance of Richard Strauss’s Salome. In this one-night-only event, Boston Symphony Orchestra...
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