Concert Reviews

Throughout its history the Salzburg Festival, celebrating its centenary this year, has never been short of glory or greatness. Championed from the beginning by five giants of the European cultural...
Nelsons 28 August 2020
Rachmaninov - guardian noble of old Russia, the “steel and gold” legacy of his aristocratic, land-owning birthright, his art the soul, the mirror, of his country’s might and splendour, its...
This week's fourteenth edition of Karl Fiorini's specialist International Spring Orchestra Festival in Valletta – “Muss Es Sein? Es Muss Sein! Must It Be? It Must Be!” – was intended...
“British Roots” was the rubric chosen for marketing purposes but at least two-thirds of this LSO programme reflected a previous age of anxiety and uprootedness, the even darker years associated...
There is a current media trend for true-crime podcasts: Grand Guignol chunks with ‘atmospheric’ piano-heavy mood music, the sort of which has me screaming at the radio. Philip Venables and...
If one ever wants reassurance about the value of the BBC, then listen to this exceptional BBCSO concert on the Radio 3 catch-up service [link below] and be duly thankful....
Much of Jules Massenet’s operatic output remains hidden from view in the UK and elsewhere, with only Werther, Manon and Thaïs enjoying regular outings. Chérubin hasn’t been seen on the...
The 18th century knew how to do ‘royal weddings’ properly. With one of the greatest composers in Europe at their disposal, the Hanoverian court in England was able to call...
One thing the Bach Collegium Japan’s performance of J. S. Bach’s St John Passion brought to mind was that the taste for staging Bach Passions (not to mention the Requiems...
Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), Wagner’s tale of the cursed sea captain doomed to sail the open ocean for eternity, and the earliest of the composer’s operatic creations to...
Occupying the high terraces of Elysium, this was one of those Beethoven nights you dream about. Midori – back in the eighties child extraordinaire of the Zubin Mehta / Leonard...
For this concert, Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma combined their ample star power to bring Beethoven brilliantly to life in the first of three scheduled programs of the...
No doubt there will be many performances of the Missa solemnis among Beethoven’s 250th birth year celebrations, but this one from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Donald...
Crystal Pite, one of the most innovative and consistently satisfying dance-makers of today, is essentially a choreographer of the mind. Movement in any context is normally the result of a...
Five concerts in to the London Philharmonic’s ‘2020 Vision’ series of 20 concerts, and, after a hiatus on Wednesday-last without Beethoven (Spohr was the substitute), here Osmo Vänskä – eschewing...
Palm Beach Opera continues its 2020 season with a production of Gioachino Rossini’s Il barbieri di Siviglia that combines hilarious staging and comic acting with consistently outstanding music-making. Beginning with...
Viviana Durante has been a name in British dance for some time, for a long time as a much-loved artist at The Royal Ballet. In recent years, she has returned...
The Czech pianist Lukáš Vondráček won the 2016 Queen Elizabeth Piano Competition with his performance of Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto, and he chose this work to make his debut with...
It has been five years since I last heard Simon Trpčeski in a solo recital, and it was reassuring that the pianist and general musical dynamo from Macedonia still radiates...
It cannot be often that operas commissioned by major opera companies find their world premiere stage performances being given by those still learning their craft at one of London’s premiere...
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