Reviews of live performances

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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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The unfortunate late withdrawal of pianist Andrew Armstrong due to illness led to a nifty change of repertoire for violinist James Ehnes. He replaced the original programme for this BBC...
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If it is the beginning of January, it must be PLG. The Park Lane Group’s New Year Series week duly got underway here with two programmes featuring several young artists...
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In the programme note for Larry Goves’s The Rules (first heard the night before in Leeds), we were told that the work was to do with breaking the rules as...
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Just when you might have taken a breather from last year’s musical anniversary juggernaut, 2014 is offering one every bit as potent – the start of the Great War in...
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However far-fetched the premise, a work of fantasy still needs to operate within its own logical parameters. Breach those boundaries and the audience’s suspension of disbelief flies out of the...
When James Levine was recording Mahler’s symphonies in the 1970s and early-1980s with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and Philadelphia Orchestra, he was considered among the finest conductors...
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Vincente Minnelli’s 1944 film Meet Me in St Louis was and remains the perfect musical film. It was made with the utmost love and care and that shows in every...
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