Reviews of live performances

Roderick Williams, has until now been best known for his operatic roles and his performances of British song. Now he has turned to the Romantic Lieder repertoire. He and Helmut...
The six movements of Mahler's Third Symphony, usually taking 100 or so minutes to perform, are sufficiently rich and diverting in melodic and dramatic content, and musical imagery, to justify...
In a fortnight that has brought five-star performances to London by Maurizio Pollini, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin (in his truly fantastic Symphonie fantastique), let alone the sumptuous Rolls-Royce of orchestras (or...
Not the largest house for a Mahler concert if certainly a well-attended one, but there’s a lot of him around: Simon Rattle and the Berliners had just played the Third...
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It is not surprising that Dicapo would be the opera company to bring back “The Saint of Bleecker Street”, which had its last appearance in New York City two decades...
The Philharmonia Orchestra responded to Stéphane Denève’s direction so intuitively – with such sensitivity, tonal variety and virtuosity – so as to fully reveal the unique quality of these four...
“Tonight at 8.30” is a series of one-act plays written by Noël Coward in 1935 for himself and Gertrude Lawrence. Coward despaired of long runs so these short stage-shows helped...
In Erkki-Sven Tüür’s words, “Aditus (approach, access, entrance, beginning, chance) is a nine-minute concert opener based on the gradually lengthening chromatic scale.” This heavily scored work began with an attention-grabbing...
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David Matthews’s catalogue includes seven symphonies, twelve string quartets and numerous concertos. This concert premiered his String Quartet No.12 with its self-proclaimed acknowledgement to Beethoven’s Opus 130 including the original...
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After its Met premiere last year, Rossini's “Armida” (1817) returns this season as a vehicle for Renée Fleming. Based upon Torquato Tasso's tale of the first crusade, “Gerusalemme conquistata”, one...
It was some song of innocence and experience that rounded off Simon Rattle and Berliner Philharmoniker’s rapturously received visit to the Southbank Centre and the Barbican Centre. And just in...
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The last few years have seen the emergence of a new cabaret star in Dominic Mattos. A former theology graduate, he has a day job in publishing, but is also...
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The young Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson has an enthusiastic following, with four Wigmore Hall recitals now under his belt, a highly acclaimed debut CD with a second on the way,...
The third of the four Berliner Philharmoniker concerts conducted by Sir Simon Rattle in February 2011 (and which sold out on announcement in late 2009!), equally shared between Southbank Centre...
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In the Fall of 2007, more than ninety years after the opera's US premiere there in 1916, the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Gluck's “Iphigénie en Tauride”. As...
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This BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert provided an interesting juxtaposition of two very different violin sonatas, separated by little more than three years: Debussy’s, with tightly weaved structure and subtle...
I can hardly think of a worthier reason for convening an 84-strong orchestra to give a concert, than raising money to help young musicians. Most of those who made up...
If proof were needed that it is still possible to breathe new life into well-established formulae, this Beethoven programme was proof positive. Here the tried and tested sandwich of Overture,...
When towards the end of the first decade of the twentieth-century Arnold Schoenberg was breaking free of tonality in his music, reception for his works ranged from the awestruck to...
Neither of these supreme masterpieces quite reached this exalted status despite good things. Initially the Mozart promised much, the orchestral introduction (the soloists joining in) being lissom, purposeful, dynamic and...
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