Concert Reviews

This was the second Metropolitan Opera performance of the recent Nicholas Hytner production of Verdi’s “Don Carlo”, a co-production with Royal Opera House and Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. The...
A visit from Günther Herbig is a much anticipated occasion and this concert was one of those special evenings which surpassed all expectations.For the Mozart piano concerto, Herbig used a...
At a time when major orchestras seem to be in fierce competition to appoint the next rising star as music director, it is good to be reminded that there simply...
The versatility, virtuosity and camaraderie of the Risør Festival of Chamber Music is on the road, taking in Brussels, New York and London. In the latter city four concerts at...
Oliver Knussen's tenure as Artist in Association with the BBC Symphony promises a whole range of unusual repertoire, as was evident in this programme that featured a new American orchestral...
Back from a short but intensive tour of six European cities including Berlin, Munich and Cologne, this Philharmonia Orchestra programme offered us a welcome chance to hear Liadov's rarely performed...
In what was his concert debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko conducted an unusually cohesive programme of works by the three leading Russian composers from the twentieth-century: composers...
Brimming with vivacity and exotic colour, “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” represents Mozart finding his feet in Vienna with confident exuberance. It must be several years since anyone had the...
In what was less of concert and more a celebration of peace and silence, the irony was a protest right outside the church together with a chorus of police sirens...
For this recital Hélène Grimaud offered the content of her latest Deutsche Grammophon release, “Resonances”, which is a musical journey, declares the pianist – works involving four very different composers,...
In only its second year, the International Wimbledon Music Festival has succeeded in attracting an impressive line-up of world-class musicians to south-west London’s churches and halls. One of a number...
John Cox – quite reasonably, given that this was being given in an academy – has set his contemporary production of “Così fan tutte” in a college of, one presumes,...
Chelsea Opera Group’s performance of Luigi Cherubini’s lyric-tragedy of 1797 was sung in the original French, but dialogue was replaced by a narration in English, spoken by Sally Burgess.The drama...
Pace Robert Levin – whose completion of Mozart’s “Requiem” is fascinating in its way – the very familiarity of that of Franz-Xaver Süssmayr has a comforting factor which means it...
Casting all-male productions of Gilbert & Sullivan is getting to be a habit at the Union Theatre. Having already staged “The Pirates of Penzance” and “The Mikado” en travesti, as...
Say what you like about English National Opera, the company has maintained a healthy run of new and recent operas these last few years (some of the best never having...
Alan Gilbert is proving to be one of the most ardent champions of contemporary music that New York City has seen in a long time. Gilbert was instrumental in the...
Mozart’s earlier sonatas for piano and violin have the latter instrument taking on a subservient role to the piano. However, after Mozart met the Italian virtuoso violinist Regina Strinasacchi, he...
The Miami String Quartet was formed nearly two decades ago, and has a well-deserved reputation, particularly in new and under-performed repertoire. Benny Kim substituted for Ivan Chan, the quartet's regular...
While I was impressed by Denis Matsuev’s performance of Rodion Shchedrin’s Fifth Piano Concerto back in September (ironically a work written for Mustonen), this Fourth (1991, some twenty years after...
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