Concert Reviews

The juxtaposition of Mozart and Bruckner frequently comes off well, and this particular combination was especially satisfying as Daniel Barenboim completed his three-concert “Bruckner Project” as part of Shell Classic...
Ivor Gurney (1890-1937), as significant a poet as he was composer, has suffered the unenviable fate of a legacy based as much on his insanity as on his considerable body...
This attractive mix of works might have found the Delius and Bridge pieces swapping places to the benefit of themselves and their neighbours.Nevertheless the concert opened with Delius’s opera entr’acte,...
As temperatures dropped and the rain fell outside the Royal Opera House, the warm, sunny glow of Frederick Ashton’s incomparable La Fille mal gardée warmed the souls of us all...
We often talk about the sound of an orchestra as if it were a constant, but hearing the New York Philharmonic on two consecutive Thursdays, in the same hall, served...
As the first real embodiment of musical Romanticism, Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischütz maintains a key place in operatic literature. Not an unequivocal one, though, as – at least...
William Forsythe, once enfant terrible of ballet and now something of an éminence grise, laden down by awards and honorary doctorates, created the section act Artifact back in 1984 when...
Ravel’s orchestration of Pictures at an Exhibition is almost a concerto for orchestra in the opportunities it provides, not just for individual players to shine but also for an orchestra...
Before the first night of Laurent Pelly's production of La Fille du régiment in January 2007 the opera had been absent from the stage of the Royal Opera House for...
Here's a challenge to keep a composer awake at night: write a work that can be played in a concert hall and on the side of a mountain. That's what...
Once the province of local communities or the outgrowth of music education seeking to enhance the experience of young talent, youth orchestras have grown both in number and stature during...
There was a remarkable air of expectation in the foyer of Cadogan Hall – one could not remember such a full gathering of concert-goers for what might, on paper, be...
Even among those dramatic works that come under the aegis of expressionist theatre, there can be few more unequivocal instances than Jakob Lenz – Wolfgang Rihm’s opera which has amassed...
The second concert in Daniel Barenboim’s rather portentously titled “The Bruckner Project” with his Staatskapelle Berlin as part of Shell Classic International was just the Eighth Symphony. I say ‘just’,...
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...
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