Concert Reviews

This generous programme kept your London-based reviewer up into the early hours. Worth it though. Ferran Cruixent is a Catalan composer, born 1976 in Barcelona; he too watched this American...
The LSO’s current Berlioz bash with Valery Gergiev seems to be a manic schedule. Four programmes each played twice in the Barbican Hall and with several concerts abroad (in Essen,...
A sense of anticipation hung in the auditorium before the start of this first ENO unveiling of Simon McBurney’s direction of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. After many last-chance-billed opportunities to...
Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, commissioned for the 1962 dedication of the re-built Coventry Cathedral which had been destroyed in a November 1940 German bombing raid, placed the composer firmly alongside...
Rosenblatt Recitals come thick and fast these days. Ten recitals in as many months represent a generous investment by the sponsors, while the steady, perhaps even growing audience has indicated...
As part of its celebrations of Benjamin Britten's centenary year, the Barbican Centre has had the brilliant idea to call in Richard Alston, one of this country's great choreographers and...
There is no hidden agenda linking Debussy’s retelling of the parable of the Prodigal Son with Donizetti’s one-act comedy about a husband, over-jealous and over-protective of his wife, being taught...
As the Southbank Centre’s exploration of the music of the 20th-century edges closer to the year 2000, it reveals the intriguing fact that composers at that time increasingly drew inspiration...
Having heard Valery Gergiev conduct a warmly sympathetic, strongly characterised account of the Symphonie fantastique six days previously I was expecting a similarly acute response from him to Berlioz’s “dramatic...
Steve Ross, the “crown prince of cabaret”, is back at The Crazy Coqs, and all is well with the world. The veteran singer and pianist is in better form than...
The ATOS Trio has paired Haydn and Dvořák to good effect on a previous visit to the Wigmore Hall. The three musicians sit very closely together, emphasising the intimacy and...
The transcendentally themed concerts at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival include “The Divine Presence”, a title that aptly captures this program’s theological content. But it could also describe the elation...
The third recital in John Lill’s traversal of Beethoven’s complete Piano Sonatas began with his first published such work and ended with the last from his ‘middle’ period. In terms...
The popularity of Gilbert & Sullivan remains undimmed. Although their subject matter is frequently timeless, it is often set in their celebrated topsy-turvy world that bears no relation to life...
Although the London Philharmonic has occupied the lion’s share of The Rest is Noise festival, it is always good to have visiting orchestras involved – not least the Royal Liverpool...
The case of the Scottsboro Boys was a notorious and shameful episode in American legal history. In 1931 nine black youths were accused of rape in Alabama. They had hopped...
Julian Anderson is a busy man. He is currently composer-in-residence with the London Philharmonic, and this Julian Anderson Day of two concerts and a talk marked the beginning of his...
Although not his first concert as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (which was the First Night of this year’s Proms) this Barbican Hall appearance was Sakari Oramo’s first...
Des canyons aux étoiles (completed in 1974) was Olivier Messiaen’s response to visiting the canyons of Utah and Arizona and reflects some of the composer’s preoccupations – creation, God, the...
This second concert in the OAE’s “Gamechangers” series turned the spotlight on Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713). The composer-violinist, despite his innovations in the fields of the Sonata and the Concerto, was...
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