Concert Reviews

The 92nd Street Y’s new performing space, SubCulture, is an attempt to merge the downtown scene with a classical music venue. The results are mixed; although there is a welcoming...
With its wide-ranging repertoire and dynamic interpretations, the Pacifica Quartet seems incapable of giving a dull recital, and such was the case here – these musicians being joined by a...
2014 is special in UK-Russian relations, a “Year of Culture” by Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, William Hague MP, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the...
Not quite 90 not out, for Sir Neville Marriner’s birthday is on the 15th. I have no wish to be a party-pooper but it was a shame that in these...
Nina Stemme and Matti Hirvonen began their BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert at Wigmore Hall with Schumann’s six settings of Nikolaus Lenau, bolstered by the addition of an Old Catholic...
A series of Scriabin’s symphonic works has evidently been intended since Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra some seven seasons ago. That said, the First Symphony...
The Barnes Music Festival prospectus advertised this concert as being “an enchanting programme of familiar classics alongside lesser known works including Delius’s Cello Concerto [sic]...”, and it indicated that works...
This concert paired two composers of Jewish origin who stand at either end of the Romantic tradition –Mendelssohn at the outset, combining Classical poise with ardour, and Mahler at the...
An almost-capacity audience greeted this latest appearance at Wigmore Hall by the Pavel Haas Quartet, and it was a measure of the ensemble’s unwavering commitment that it was able to...
This was a showcase for Detroit Symphony Orchestra soloists. The programme opened with some top-notch Vivaldi, the B minor Concerto for Four Violins. In this buoyant and lively account the...
In his day, Max Bruch (1838-1920) was looked upon as a dyed-in-the wool conservative. He would have nothing of the contemporary developments typical of the Wagnerians or the French Impressionists,...
Nowhere was it more apparent how British ballet has split than during London's opening night of David Bintley's The Prince of the Pagodas by Birmingham Royal Ballet. Bintley sits very...
Not one but two substantial encores were demanded after this recital, a mark of just how well the performances had come across. Named after the great violinist Adolf Busch –...
I wonder how many newlyweds have left a church to the strains of “Widor’s Toccata”, recognising every note, but what of the composer behind them, Lyon-born Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937), and...
The final concert in the Nash Ensemble’s “American Series” also took the opportunity to mark the forthcoming 80th-birthday of Sir Harrison Birtwistle (on July 15). The Nash commissioned Fantasia upon...
Regrettably, Angelika Kirchschlager was indisposed and, with no replacement forthcoming, changes to the programme had to be made. Richard Egarr mirrored the father-son relationship of the first half with replacement...
This concert was given as part of the Southbank’s Centre Pull Out All The Stops festival to celebrate the restoration of the Royal Festival Hall organ. The first requirement in...
Pohjola’s Daughter spluttered into life like slightly uneven topiary to open this BBC Symphony Orchestra concert in brooding fashion, Susan Monks sporting a fine cello solo. The depth of corporate...
Members of audiences tend to remember performers from their last appearances; in which case Anne Reid will currently be recalled opposite Derek Jacobi in the BAFTA award-winning TV series Last...
The Belcea Quartet has been touring its Beethoven cycle for several years, and the musicians’ deep understanding of this repertoire showed in this compelling account of the First ‘Razumovsky’, the...
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