Reviews of live performances

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Gabriela Montero is the Venezuelan pianist who has made improvisation an integral part of her recitals. It’s a risky strategy – concert-goers may feel short-changed by a large chunk of...
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Exactly fifty years to the day, when a young John Eliot Gardiner (then an undergraduate at King’s College) conducted a newly formed ensemble in a performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers, here...
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This was a frustrating evening. With sections of the audience suffering from tubercular diseases considerably more serious than Violetta, all the quiet moments where much of the dramatic tension is...
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Leif Ove Andsnes graced not only the Barbican Hall but also the airwaves with this Beethoven recital. The B flat Piano Sonata was given a crisp and frolicsome first movement....
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In a change to the advertised programme for this BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert at Wigmore Hall, Leonard Elschenbroich and Alexei Grynyuk began with wartime Debussy rather than Schumann’s Funf...
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Barely five weeks after his Royal Festival Hall debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (with whom he will take up the position as Principal Guest Conductor in 2015, after conducting...
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It seems an inspired stroke for the London Handel Festival to present a different operatic slant upon the legend of Ariadne in this year of Richard Strauss’s 150th-anniversary that will...
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Highly regarded in his native Denmark, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (82 this year) remains largely unknown elsewhere – not least in the UK, where a last-minute scheduling of Incontri during BBC Proms...
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Portrait-painter Phyllis Pearsall has been credited with inventing the A-Z Map Guide to London in 1936. In fact there had been similar publications since the 1920s. A-Z was the name...
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This concert performance of Richard Strauss’s Salome, a landmark in the development of twentieth-century opera, was given as part of Carnegie Hall’s “Vienna: City of Dreams” festival. Andris Nelsons, music-director-designate...
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Julian Anderson’s Alleluia was written to celebrate the re-opening of the Royal Festival Hall after refurbishment in 2007. It is a setting of Latin verses known as the “Alleluia Sequence”...
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The focal point of Carnegie Hall’s three-week-long “Vienna: City of Dreams” festival is a series of seven concerts by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, two involving its sister institution, the Vienna...
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Rodelinda (1725) is commonly reckoned to be amongst Handel’s finest operas. Following immediately after Giulio Cesare and Tamerlano, the composer attained one of the peaks of his musical-dramatic skills with...
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For the final concert in the Barbican Centre’s Artist Spotlight series, this time featuring Maxim Vengerov, the original plan was to have him direct the Triple Concerto from his violin....
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Dresden – once regarded as the Florence of the North – became a cultural magnet after the Elector of Saxony moved his court there in 1547. Its location in the...
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Never stop being curious … or the music of Swedish composer Karin Rehnqvist might pass you by. She was the latest subject of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Music of Today series...
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This attractive programme bore the subtitle “Love and War in Bohemia”, the music of three Czech composers complemented by dramatic Baroque interventions. Sophie Harmsen immediately took centre-stage for three substantial...
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Whatever the differences between them as perceived in their lifetimes, Johannes Brahms and Anton Bruckner have more in common as composers than is generally acknowledged, even today – as such,...
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Carnegie Hall’s “Vienna: City of Dreams” festival was appropriately launched by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, in a program that paired Schoenberg’s Friede auf Erden with Beethoven’s...
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This lunchtime concert was recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of “Ravel Day” on Friday 7 March when the station will explore the composer’s output. Ravel himself...
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