Concert Reviews

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"] [et_pb_row admin_label="row"] [et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text"]Since the death of German choreographer Pina Bausch in 2009 no altar in her memory (outside her own company Tanztheater Wuppertal) has been better...
When Schiller wrote his play Kabale und Liebe in 1784, the German-speaking world was still in the throes of the Sturm und Drang movement, itself a reaction to the restraint...
Memories of childhood was one discernible thread running through this recital, informed as it was by the late-19th century fashion for piano duets either written for or inspired by children....
For this, The Bach Choir’s 1050th concert, we heard J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor, a piece that it has performed on 68 other occasions, not least for the Choir’s...
Making its first British tour but widely familiar from recordings, videos and a Prom visit in 2014 under Ilan Volkov, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra was established in 1950. A flagship...
This concert by the London Philharmonic saw the start of 2020 Vision: Three Centuries Collide, in which Beethoven’s nine symphonies are juxtaposed with works composed one or two centuries hence....
In broadly biblical terms, Old Testament prophets don’t exactly have the best of reputations – hellfire and damnation, an eye for an eye – compared with the consolation and compassion...
Evgeny Kissin gave this programme at Wigmore Hall as a charity concert in June 2019 – this recital in Barbican Centre’s Hall was similarly a sold-out affair – and he’d...
With Mám, his latest show at the Sadler’s Wells, Michael Keegan Dolan confirms not only his undimmed powers of choreographic and theatrical invention but also that the direction he has...
Gerald Barry’s music can be a heady concoction of pulsing rhythms, heavy-duty wind sonorities and cripplingly difficult vocal lines (not forgetting multiple cultural associations) which can make for a bewildering...
Calixto Bieito’s direct and disturbing Carmen is now in its second revival. First shown at The Coliseum in 2012 (and much travelled since its launch thirteen years earlier at the...
César Franck’s Piano Quintet may be one of the great masterpieces of the nineteenth century French chamber repertoire but it doesn’t crop up that often. So it was good to...
After the outpourings of love and lyricism in Die Walküre, Wagner’s Ring cycle gets down to some serious, grinding unpleasantness in Siegfried. This jumped out at you in Vladimir Jurowski’s...
This concert marked Simone Young’s first visit to the New York Philharmonic since her April 2019 appearance, when – after not having appeared with the orchestra since her 1998 debut...
Gianandrea Noseda’s concert with the London Symphony Orchestra on Thursday presented an intriguing and well-planned programme that drew a near capacity audience. It was an evening of good humour, pastiche...
If concert venues are going to overdose on Beethoven in this 250th anniversary year, it will be inevitable that some performances will outlast others. Some, like this one may rejuvenate...
The likes of a traditional ballet gala are seen rarely on these shores; there are sometimes those by a company to celebrate some anniversary, but the bringing together of various...
During his career, Igor Levit has been at his most impressive when tackling the various pinnacles of the piano repertoire: the variation-sets by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Frederic Rzewski and, more...
For the Cleveland Orchestra’s second and concluding program of its annual Miami residency, Music Director Franz Welser-Möst led a rich and brilliant performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony that justified devoting...
It is September 1st, 1299, in Florence, and Buoso Donati has just breathed his last. Well, a rich man in those days probably wasn’t subject to a post-mortem, but here...
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