Reviews of live performances

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Ain’t it the truth – you have no compilation show for ages and then two come along at once. First it was Putting It Together, a collection of songs by...
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Absurdly dismissed in some quarters, the Overture (plus several vignettes) that Beethoven composed for the opening night on 3 October 1822 of the Theater in der Josefstadt in Vienna is...
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Following on from its previous Wigmore Hall’s appearance (preserved on its CD label), the JACK Quartet returned for another impressive recital to confirm the legacy of such as the Arditti...
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The opening concerts in the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Brahms series went ahead without Andris Nelsons at the helm, because he was ill. Here the main man made it and was on...
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At first glance this seemed an interesting concept – a piece for solo violin, followed by a violin concerto involving chamber forces and finally a full-blown symphony. But this wasn’t...
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This concert was dedicated by the London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski to the memory of Claudio Abbado, who died two days ago. By a rather bitter irony the long-planned programme...
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It was Beethoven night in London. The Seventh Symphony at this BBC concert, the ‘Eroica’ at the Royal Festival Hall, and another ‘Eroica’ at Cadogan Hall, those Thirds captained respectively...
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Linda Purl has had an extensive show-business career, with roles in television shows such as Homeland, Happy Days (as Fonzie’s girlfriend) and Murder, She Wrote – plus Broadway appearances in...
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The LSO has an uncanny way of adapting to different conductors without losing its inimitable flavour, and with John Eliot Gardiner the musicians slipped into a hybrid period mode with...
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The Vienna Piano Trio began its BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert at Wigmore Hall with Beethoven, a tribute to Haydn that was published as the second of his Opus 70...
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Satanic rites, a dance of death, passions, reveries, a march to the scaffold and gaggling witches. Not what you’d expect from the well-heeled folk taking the name of one of...
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Bartók’s six string quartets, composed between 1908 and 1939, represent the fractured course of his life. Born in Transylvania in 1881, Bartók spent his final year in an apartment building...
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Surprisingly, for a ‘Somebody and Friends’ concert, Maxim Vengerov's selection of works wasn’t designed to showcase one particular musician, but rather to provide an interesting and satisfying programme. Possibly those...
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The season following the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s cycle of his symphonies, a (timely) Tippett revival continues with such as this Wigmore Hall programme mainly focussing on instrumental works from his...
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Since she won the Chopin Competition in 2010, Yulianna Avdeeva has gained a reputation for her forthright, steely pianism. That was certainly evident in this performance, and clearly Brahms’s expansive...
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Both a recital and a CD launch, the Shostakovich common to both, the evening opened in Baroque style with a Sonata (from 1743) by Jean-Marie Leclair in which Mayuko Katsumara...
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Martinů's Concerto for Two Pianos was one of the works this prolific composer wrote in war-time exile in the USA. It’s also music in which identity and influence haven’t quite...
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From the Saharan desert in The English Patient to the snowy forests of Cold Mountain, the late Anthony Minghella’s films are suffused with visual warmth and emotional intimacy. That would...
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It is a long time since London had a Stephen Sondheim compilation show. Side by Side by Sondheim started it all off in 1976 when Cleo Laine and John Dankworth...
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How to measure the success of a Mahler performance in 2014? For half a century and more Mahler was a relatively marginal figure for contemporary concertgoers, denied a place in...
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