Reviews of live performances

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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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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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