Reviews of live performances

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What better way to dispel the January blues than to attend an amusing and stylishly staged New Year’s Eve ball at the Met. Its new production of Die Fledermaus is...
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For over thirty years, the tall, dark and handsome Brent Barrett has been one of the finest baritones to be heard in musical comedy. He made his Broadway debut in...
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Leaving aside The Triumph of Time and Truth, which in any case was an adaptation of a much earlier work that may owe more to Handel’s amanuensis John Christopher Smith,...
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Boris Berezovsky cultivates a maverick profile – the gambling, driving round London in his own black cab, setting himself the near-insane challenge of programming Godowsky’s transcriptions of Chopin Etudes –...
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Do not be tricked by the genre-title of Jules Massenet’s Manon, opéra comique (Bizet’s tragedy Carmen is titled similarly), but allow yourself to be seduced by its Romantic sweeping music,...
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It must be a difficult task to evoke a hot summer night during Monday midday in January, but Sarah Connolly and Julius Drake were quickly to the heart of Berlioz’s...
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John Lill here resumed his Beethoven cycle in London with a programme consisting of three works: the first half an effective foil (if such was the intention) to what followed...
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Pavel Kolesnikov won first prize at the 2012 Honens International Piano Competition (replete with a $100,000 cash award and an artistic and career development programme) and this was his Wigmore...
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The final recitals of this year’s Park Lane Group New Year Series were of especial interest in its “Frontline Composer” being Cristóbal Halffter. Now aged 83, he has occasionally appeared...
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English audiences are extremely loyal. Once they take an artist to their heart he or she has them for life. So, despite the rather oddly constructed programme, it was a...
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With Rosenblatt Recitals one can be sure of a singer’s quality which, with rare exceptions, is world-class. That every month during the main concert season vocal buffs within striking distance...
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Argentine-Jewish composer Osvaldo Golijov’s La Pasión según San Marcos (2000) was given its American premiere in 2001 by the Boston Symphony under this same conductor, Robert Spano, currently music director...
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The fourth instalment of the Park Lane Group’s New Year series introduced Giles Swayne as the “Frontline Composer” in the opening masterclass by way of two solo works into which...
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After its dreary initial reception, Beethoven made repeated revisions to his sole operatic oeuvre, which eventually shed its Leonore title in favor of the heroine's cross-dressing counterpart. Beethoven wrote four...
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Nicola LeFanu (born 1947) has been a major figure in British music since her elfin presence made itself known in the heady 1960s. Daughter of Elizabeth Maconchy, married to fellow-composer...
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The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo strode into the winter months with exhilaration and horns a plenty. Robert Schumann’s exuberant and tenderly beautiful Konzertstück, a showcase here for the...
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With Simon Keenlyside describing from the platform the contents of his Barbican Hall recital three weeks ago as “suicidal” and now Matthias Goerne resuming Wigmore Hall’s song-recital series with a...
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Ruth Leon, who seeks out the cream of cabaret performers and books them into the beautiful Crazy Coqs room, discovered Carole J. Bufford a few months ago at New York’s...
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It's hard to imagine a more exposing or intimidating place to perform than the stage of the Barbican Hall, but the young musicians who comprise the London Schools Symphony Orchestra...
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For the second of the Park Lane Group’s New Year Series of five evenings at the Purcell Room the “Frontline Composer” was Mark-Anthony Turnage, who in the pre-concert discussion conceded...
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