Concert Reviews

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...
Like a diver barely disturbing the surface of the water, Stephan Loges’s “Winterreise” suddenly came into focus and plumbed the depths in a heart-stopping and direct ‘Der Wegweiser’ (The Signpost),...
The centrepiece of this performance was a world premiere by Ryan Wigglesworth, a jack-of-all-musical-trades making his début appearance with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – as conductor, pianist and composer....
Francesco Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur” (1902) has taken over one-hundred years to return in a fully-staged production at The Royal Opera (the last performances at Covent Garden were in 1906!). On...
Bryn Terfel has been busy in New York City during this first half of the 2010-11 season. Over at Metropolitan Opera he has been the overpowering presence in the company's...
In a year (the first of two!) in which Mahler fills the schedules of every major orchestra, the London Philharmonic and contralto Nathalie Stutzmann gave us a genuine highlight. Stutzmann’s...
Richard Eyre’s production of Bizet’s “Carmen”, which premiered last New Year’s Eve, is back at the Metropolitan Opera for a ten-performance run in November and December, of which this was...
“A Quiet Place” is anything but quiet. The dysfunctional, frenetic suburban American family that is at the centre of the opera never seems to let up in its emotional outbursts...
The passing of John Dankworth earlier this year has evidently (and happily!) done little or nothing to dampen the performing zeal of his widow – Cleo Laine returning to the...
The shortest (number-wise) among his generic series, Beethoven's Sonatas for Piano and Cello provide the most succinct overview of his composing – each opus relating to those ‘early’, ‘middle’ and...
It’s not often one gets to witness history in the making. But that’s just what the lucky Perth audiences did for these two concerts by Berliner Philharmoniker, the orchestra’s first...
The fact that this is a Mozartfest doesn’t obviate the presence of other composers. This recital was certainly a veritable feast of Bach, and all the more absorbing for offering...
Those who have followed the contemporary music scene over the last three decades may well have come across one of several works by James Dillon that were intended to be...
Seven years ago, the New York Philharmonic came very close to merging its operations with Carnegie Hall – and thus striking a huge blow to Lincoln Center. There has long...
Lera Auerbach’s Sogno di Stabat Mater is a distilled version of a longer piece based on the work of the 18th-century composer Pergolesi. Essentially a concerto grosso for violin, viola,...
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