Concert Reviews

Photo: Fadi Kheir
Back in Carnegie Hall since its 2003 concert with Christoph Eschenbach, the Orchestre de Paris, with current Music Director Klaus Mäkelä, performed two of Igor Stravinsky’s most popular scores. The...
Albert Herring at the RAM. Photo: Craig Fuller
With themes of social and sexual repression, entitled autocracy and self-discovery, Britten’s Albert Herring is catnip to opera directors, as ruling conservative values (boo) and progressive liberalism (hurrah) slug it...
Photo: Camilla Greenwell
Many people know the story of the human curiosity or ‘freak of nature’ Joseph Merrick, if only because of John Hurt’s depiction of him in the film The Elephant Man (memorably using...
Photo: Chris Lee
Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s high profile appointments as Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera and of the Philadelphia Orchestra have tended to eclipse his much longer partnership with Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal,...
Photo: Kravis Center
This was the second of four Florida concerts on the Rotterdam Philharmonic’s U.S. tour. With chief conductor Lahav Shani the curtain-raiser was Arvo Pärt’s Swansong, based on an earlier piece...
Photo: Steve J. Sherman
For this, the final concert in their three-day stopover at Carnegie Hall, the Vienna Philharmonic offered an adieu, Mahler’s Ninth, his last completed Symphony, the work commonly viewed as his...
Photo: Frank Ferville
Peter Sellars came to wide public attention – at least outside of his native America – through his involvement with John Adams's Death of Klinghofer, about terrorism in the Middle East,...
Franz Welser-Möst Photo: Chris Lee
Franz Welser-Möst led the Vienna Philharmonic in a formidable program of two late-Romantic works. With his expressive and explicit gestures, he drew a swift but lucid account of Bruckner’s unfinished...
Bryn Terfel (The Dutchman), Elisabet Strid (Senta), Stephen Milling (Daland), Toby Spence (Erik), Kseniia Nikolaieva (Mary) and Miles Mykkanen (Steersman) in The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner @ Royal Opera House. Directed by Tim Albery. Conductor, Henrik Nánási. (Opening 29-02-2024) ©Tristram Kenton 02-24 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com
Der fliegende Holländer is usually acknowledged as the first of the canon of Wagnerian music dramas, if simply because the composer regarded it as an artistic turning point, disowning any continuities with his...
Photo: Chelsea Opera Group
Chelsea Opera Group's presentation of Delibes's final completed opera Lakmé (1883) is timely in some respects. Set during the period of the British Raj and examining the confrontation between East and West (even...
Photo: Brandon Patoc
The centerpiece and highlight was Anders Hillborg’s Second Piano Concerto. Premiered last October in San Francisco, conducted by Salonen, the work received its third New York performance with the Philharmonic...
Opera North’s production of Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana Members of the Chorus of Opera North with Anne-Marie Owens as Lucia. Photo: Tristram Kenton
Comparisons between Cavalleria rusticana (1890) and Rachmaninov’s first opera Aleko (1893) have often been made, in terms of their themes of adulterous passion and jealousy, violence and murder, among communities that were marginal and...
Photo: Chris Lee
This concert marked the New York Philharmonic’s 17,000th concert and its first-ever performance of Louise Farrenc’s (nineteenth-century) Overture No.2. Santtu-Matias Rouvali shaped a robust, accomplished account of the French composer’s...
Guy Johnston talking to Clara Biss about his memories of John Tavener - Photo: Shoel Stadlen
A trio of highly individual personalities: two iconoclasts and one whose folk-influenced music was often invested with a primordial rhythmic power. It was a shared intensity of expression that became...
The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann. Photo by Mark Allan
In the second of two concerts featuring Bruckner, Nathalie Stutzmann and the London Symphony Orchestra came to the composer's final Symphony, taking up his suggestion to use his setting of the...
Photo: Chris Lee
The program opened with Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade, a concerto-like piece inspired by Plato’s philosophical text, Symposium. Baiba Skride was to have been the soloist, but her withdrawal brought in Esther Yoo. Composed in...
The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No 22 K482 (Leif Ove Andsnes: piano) and Anton Bruckner Symphony No 7 (Ed Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs, Urtext Edition) in the Barbican Hall on Thursday 8 Feb. 2024 Photo by Mark Allan
The LSO kicked off its celebration of Bruckner in his 200th-anniversary year with this first of a pair of concerts under Nathalie Stutzmann. Appropriately it featured what is still probably...
Photo: Fadi Kheir
For his main stage Carnegie Hall debut, Víkingur Ólafsson delivered a dazzling interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, midway through his season-long tour, performing the piece in 88 venues across six continents. As...
Photo: Steve J Sherman
Back in Carnegie Hall for the first time since October 2019 when it performed a mixed repertory over two nights under Valery Gergiev, this Munich Philharmonic concert was the second...
Photo: Chris Lee
Guest Gianandrea Noseda led off with ‘Ch’io mi scordi di te?, the grandest of Mozart’s 35 concert arias, a ‘Scene and Rondo’. Golda Schultz’s radiant soprano was bright enough in...
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