Reviews of live performances

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The Britten Sinfonia’s ‘at Lunch’ series continues to plot an inventive course of programming, and this hour-long concert brought the Britten Sinfonia Voices to the series for the first time....
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Cunningly confounding expectations by fluttering salon eye-lashes at both opera house and church, its Italian heart-on-sleeve fervour nodding to Bach and a bit too stickily to French religiosity, Rossini’s Petite...
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Paul Lewis opened his recital solemnly and deeply transporting, the gentlest of touches and the subtlest of responses sympathetically sounding Busoni’s modernising of J. S. Bach. Lewis then held silence...
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Sean Shibe is the first guitarist to be selected for the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, and for this BBC Lunchtime Concert at Wigmore Hall he gave a...
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This concert performance of Theodora was the second in an ongoing series of Handel operas and oratorios by The English Concert at Carnegie Hall that was launched a year ago...
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This London Symphony Orchestra programme centred on the first performance of Peter Maxwell Davies’s Tenth Symphony (2013-14) – the continuation of a cycle that now spans almost four decades, and...
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It was a tale of two techniques. Janine Jansen’s intense, febrile violin playing, elbow raised as she foraged for notes, could not have been more different from the relaxed empathy...
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For many the prospect of Andreas Scholl singing in two affecting Baroque religious works will have been eagerly anticipated. Although there was much to enjoy, probably only diehard fans would...
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Whilst one anniversary was being celebrated next door at the Royal Festival Hall (Richard Strauss 150), the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment was marking another and one which, so...
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The LSO returned to Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Fanfare (2012), an extravagant affair for a battalion of woodwinds, brasses and percussion – written for professionals, students and youngsters of differing...
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Richard Strauss’s 150th-anniversary falls this year – he was born on 11 June 1864. Kicking off proceedings (after a ten-minute delay due to a missing trombonist) for the Philharmonia Orchestra’s...
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So, London gets to see young Colombian conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada who, just announced, is principal guest conductor designate of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. This was his Royal Festival Hall debut...
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Aged 27, Lionel Bringuier’s star has risen with such speed that he will take up the prestigious post of Chief Conductor of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra later this year. Commensurate...
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For all the familiarity of his portrayal – ENO 2009, Proms 2012 and in London just a few months ago – Stuart Skelton remains a charismatic and compelling interpreter of...
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Liz Callaway is making her cabaret debut with her finely paced act at The Crazy Coqs. Complementing her fine, full-throated singing she gives us some engaging and witty stories about...
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Martin Helmchen is an astonishingly complete musician. I wonder when I was last so blown away by a performer. He has it all – a technique that embraces a seemingly...
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Marc-André Hamelin’s unmannered style combines brilliant technical skills with fervent expressivity that generates a wide range of emotions without ostentatious display. He is also a composer. Hamelin opened the program...
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This BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert at Wigmore Hall offered the fascinating opportunity to compare two nineteenth-century settings of Goethe’s Prometheus – from Schubert in 1815 and Hugo Wolf in...
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The sixth instalment of John Lill’s Beethoven Piano Sonata cycle commenced with the Second work from Opus 2 (1795). Less demonstrative than those on either side in this trilogy, it...
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This concert offered Bostonians a program dominated by relative rarities: the Overture to Wagner’s Rienzi, Lutosławski’s Piano Concerto and Shostakovich’s Symphony No.15. 2013 brought the centenary of Witold Lutosławski’s birth...
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