Reviews of live performances

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Annabel Leventon and Robert Meadmore are two of the most respected talents in musical comedy. Leventon was an original cast member of the London production of Hair, and she also...
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Behzod Abduraimov and Stanislav Ioudenitch are natives of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Both studied there and are now at the International Center for Music at Park University, Kansas City, of which Ioudenitch...
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Michael Tippett's second opera, King Priam, was part of the best-of-British arts events marking the dedication of the new Coventry Cathedral in 1962, sharing the musical honours with Britten's War...
We’ve been here before. This is music that Maurizio Pollini, now 72, has (mostly) played numerous times in London in recent years, sometimes as encores. Nevertheless, Pollini packs them in,...
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The key of F minor was a means of tragic utterance for Haydn, notably in his ‘La Passione’ Symphony (No.49) and also the Variations, with which Angela Hewitt began this...
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The lyricist Edgar Yipsel (Yip) Harburg, born in New York to Russian émigrés, was a lifelong friend of Ira Gershwin. He began his writing career in the early 1920s, composing...
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The latest BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion day was devoted to the music of Thea Musgrave. This concert rounded-off talks and recitals of her chamber and a cappella choral music...
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This recital was given as part of the occasional Thursday Lunchtime Showcase series at Wigmore Hall, an intriguing programme from Mei Yi Foo that began with the heady rush of...
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Mendelssohn’s symphonic output has been a feature of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s current season (the previous concerts took place at the Town Hall last October) and the cycle,...
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In this case of a 34-year-old American conductor making his debut with the LSO it seemed likely that James Gaffigan would use the occasion to try and impress orchestra and...
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Rigoletto the opera is a hermetically sealed trap of love, betrayal, lust and revenge, a trap set by Verdi's matchless, psychologically astute music. In his new-to-ENO production – which started...
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A somewhat depleted Carnegie Hall audience greeted this Ravel playbill by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its Conductor Emeritus, Bernard Haitink. It was a terrific concert, Haitink, soon to be...
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Francis Poulenc completed his Gloria in 1959, writing it in honour of Mr and Mrs Koussevitzky, the Boston connection maintained with the first performance being there, in 1961, under Charles...
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I do not remember a better performance of Rhapsody. Frederick Ashton’s birthday present to Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother back in 1980 has stood the test of time, the old...
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Bernard Haitink turns 85 next month. He still has plenty of energy and stamina to animate and intensify a performance. The Boston Symphony Orchestra perfectly complements Haitink’s rigorous approach, with...
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Natalie Douglas had a great success last year making her debut at The Crazy Coqs performing a tribute to Nina Simone. She makes a welcome return featuring the lives and...
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The String Quartet bearing the name of James Ehnes was established in 2010, an official label for a togetherness of musical friendships that go back 20 years. The ensemble opened...
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The penultimate recital in John Lill’s Beethoven Piano Sonata cycle offered one of the most representative overviews in the composer’s intensive evolution of the genre. Opening with the C minor...
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Those who have been fortunate to have encountered Jaap van Zweden’s conducting before – either through his growing discography (such as his series of Bruckner symphonies with the Netherlands Radio...
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New York’s celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centenary (2013) continues with Michael Grandage’s remarkable production of Billy Budd for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. This, the second of four performances at BAM, was...
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