Reviews of live performance

The Britten Sinfonia’s ‘at lunch’ series continues to offer opportunities to hear a new composition within the context of imaginatively chosen companions, given in a relaxed environment typical of the...
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Congratulations are in order for the Endellion String Quartet, celebrating its 35th-anniversary with a mini-residence at Wigmore Hall. Since its formation the group’s membership has remained remarkably consistent, with only...
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I can think of no jollier Christmas treat than the Menier Chocolate Factory’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, crammed with the most marvellous melodies and based on Voltaire’s satirical novel....
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It was a refreshing change to hear contemporary music at the head of this BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert. Clarinettist Mark Simpson commissioned Gavin Higgins (born 1983) to write Three...
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The Rest is Noise festival here reached the 1990s and a retrospective by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski of British music from that decade. Beforehand, in a free...
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The fairies, the mice, the angels and the snowflakes have settled-in at Covent Garden as The Nutcracker is dusted off once again to pack the House to the rafters. Apart...
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Given the recent extravaganza of introducing David Del Tredici’s Dum Dee Tweedle (review-link below), you might have fancied that this week the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin would have...
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The four concertos featured by Janine Jansen, in this concert gently promoting her recent Bach album for Decca, form the core of Johann Sebastian Bach's output in this genre. As...
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Perhaps the most surprising factor about in vain is that it has taken so long to reach the UK (but then again…), as what can be considered Georg Friedrich Haas’s...
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Just two works in this programme – but substantive ones – though it is noteworthy that the Beethoven is by far the more convivial and light-hearted composition. This was not...
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Under Michael Rosewell, the Royal College of Music opera department, which mounted a marvellous La Vie Parisienne earlier this year, was keeping the French flag flying in similarly assured presentations...
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On paper this looked to be a curiously devised programme, and so it proved in performance, the only unifying factor being that all the works were composed between the beginning...
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With one hour and seven minutes of music, this concert – part of the YCAT Lunchtime Series at Wigmore Hall – offered extremely good value, not just in duration but...
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One of the great belters is back in town, and for those who like their music brash, brassy and rafter-shaking, The Crazy Coqs is the place to be. Lorna Luft...
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Elena Urioste and Michael Brown began this BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert at Wigmore Hall with a work that had a surprisingly long gestation period, Janáček’s Violin Sonata, which occupied...
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It might have been a mid-afternoon event, though that did not deter a large attendance at one of the signal events during the Southbank Centre’s The Rest is Noise festival...
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This Sunday-afternoon concert was another gift to the World from Detroit, arriving to your reviewer in London at a civilised 8 o’clock, and featuring a major new if not-new piece...
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A graduate of the Jette Parker Young Artists Scheme, Jacques Imbrailo’s operatic career has been taking off sensationally. His success as Billy Budd at Glyndebourne was matched by appearances as...
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In a slightly odd turn of phrase the programme told us that “This performance concludes a tour of Beethoven symphonies in Switzerland.” It was certainly clear that John Eliot Gardiner...
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Little in the concert world captures the public's imagination more than collections of film music. The programming for this sold-out concert stayed mainly within the realm of box-office hits –...
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