Concert Reviews

This concert marked Daniel Barenboim’s return to the Southbank Centre after a triumphant project of Beethoven and Schoenberg in 2010. As part of Shell Classic International he and Staatskapelle Berlin,...
The Philharmonia Orchestra’s Sunday-afternoon series continued with a colourful and largely sparkling performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard, fully costumed (courtesy Janet Morris) for the main...
Magicians do it with mirrors, so Joanna Parker has conjured up a king-sized looking-glass to do service at the centre of this enchantingly-designed production of Eugene Onegin. It is a...
However rooted in Hungarian folk-music Zoltán Kodály’s fantastical opera Háry János (1926) may be, it didn’t really connect to the rest of the repertoire here (and outstripped everything else in...
Heard so closely to Parsifal, recently performed at the Barbican Hall by the Mariinsky company, it was interesting to get the measure of how completely Elgar had assimilated aspects of...
What larks! English Touring Opera has served up a delectable treat for its Spring tour: a joyous staging of Rossini’s evergreen favourite, played with elegant refinement by a small, supple...
Janáček’s ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ string quartet gains its title from the Tolstoy novella. The composer was inspired by the literature, perhaps identifying with its theme of a troubled marriage. The piece...
Nothing illustrates more graphically the distance travelled by the BBC Symphony Orchestra over the past forty years than this performance of the Violin Concerto by the late-Romantic Lithuanian composer, Balys...
There are several advantages for the audience attending a youth orchestra concert: in the first place, the musicians are all pleased to be there, and are keen to do their...
Here were three more on-the-up conductors who have already benefited from the International Conductors’ Academy of the Allianz Cultural Foundation and now chosen for the 2011-12 Season: each one was...
Violetta, along with Mimì in La bohème, is the consummate operatic consumptive. In Dicapo Opera’s new production of Verdi’s La traviata, Kristin Sampson – substituting for an ailing Anna Noggle...
It may have had a disastrous premiere in Birmingham in 1900, but the city has since more than made amends to The Dream of Gerontius (words by Cardinal Newman) in...
Since her first appearance with the New York Philharmonic in 2006, at age 19, Yuja Wang has embarked on a spectacular international career. She is one of those pianists who...
The American pianist Nicholas Angelich remains a bit of an enigma – which, I suppose, is a euphemism for inconsistent. Schumann’s Piano Concerto is a gift for the soloist and...
In a recital full of surprises – some good – Sandrine Piau ripped herself away from the baroque repertoire, in which she excels, in order to demonstrate her credentials as...
You would need to have been marooned on a desert island to have missed the excitement that has surrounded the 100th-anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic, the date itself...
The Collegiate Chorale, now under the tutelage of music director James Bagwell, is in its seventieth season since its founding in 1941 by Robert Shaw. The Chorale teamed with the...
This was a grand celebration of sixty years of The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. The concert bordered on the indulgent, though – a great deal of music...
It is a perilously short fall from the grace of tradition to the blight of routine, and it would be understandable if Stephen Layton – who has been dusting off...
Not a great evening, and, indeed, a very long way from a good one – The Royal Ballet’s new Triple Bill at Covent Garden makes for an ultimately depressing time....
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