Reviews of live performances

This one-off performance of Eugene Onegin was a version of the Grange Park Rising Stars staging, first seen at Nevill Holt this summer, which returns to the main Grange Park...
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This is the first full production of Einstein on the Beach in twenty years, and the present run marks its third revival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where it...
A few minor gaffes notwithstanding, the New York Philharmonic was in fine fettle for its opening concert of the 2012-13 Season.György Kurtág’s …quasi una fantasia… was the first music played....
Schoenberg wrote that composition was a process of perpetual variation, and one aspect of Elisabeth Leonskaja’s genius is continually to exploit the relationships between notes and phrases that in Schubert...
Henk Neven and Hans Eijsackers began this BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert at Wigmore Hall with a chronologically arranged and well-chosen selection of nine of Brahms’s Lieder. Initially these were...
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“Welcome to the Office of Dreams” intones the Clerk in Act Three; but surely that’s where we’ve been all evening? Julietta (first staged in Prague in 1938), Bohuslav Martinů’s operatic...
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This really is the beginning of the end … no, really … apparently! The last time I wrote about a revival of English National Opera's 25-year-old production of The Magic...
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A new season of BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts began at Wigmore Hall with a traditional but nicely paired programme of string quartets by Mozart and Schubert from the Škampa...
While some were celebrating the end of the musical year in SW7, Wigmore Hall ushered in autumn with a superstar wallop, with Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s dip into aspects of the Russian...
Opportunities to witness the Japanese Noh play that inspired Benjamin Britten during his 1955 Grand Tour are rare, and that alone would be reason enough to mark out this performance...
The range of music presented by the Australian Chamber Orchestra is becoming a hallmark of its London appearances – this was its twenty-first concert in the capital – with a...
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Why bother? After all, Frank Loesser’s 60-year-old comedy of New York lowlife is hardly a neglected musical. In addition to Michael Grandage’s West End revival – which closed only five...
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The ever-enterprising Birmingham Opera Company, under the zealous direction of Graham Vick, was entrusted with the huge challenge of presenting Mittwoch, the penultimate opera of the seven-part Licht cycle, and...
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The broadcasting of versions of popular Broadway shows and Hollywood films began in the US during the 1930s. Lux Radio Theatre transmitted versions of The Jazz Singer with Al Jolson,...
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II are best-remembered for the high quality of their song-writing in the shows and films of Oklahoma!, Carousel, State Fair, South Pacific, and The King...
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"He hit me and it felt like a kiss" sang The Crystals in their notorious hymn to mysogyny. That record from 1962 was produced by “wall of sound” creator Phil...
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Elfyn Jones’s preview (click here to read) whetted the appetite. Here was a chance to sample a goodly part – nearly 45 minutes – of The Trial of Jean Rhys....
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This was a very good but not great performance of Swan Lake and a simply tremendous show. Even as English National Ballet enters a period of uncertainty with the arrival...
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Though this is its first stage production, Soho Cinders had its gestation in 2000 when composers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe had just won the Olivier Award for Honk!. They...
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Two years ago Classical Source reviewed a student production of Curtains which seemed to fall short of the Guildhall School’s usual high standards. It was not due to the staging,...
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