Concert Reviews

This production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte was cast entirely from students of the International Opera School at the Royal College of Music, a very select band of young singers....
As the Elias String Quartet’s second violinist Donald Grant helpfully informed the audience in a brief introduction, the Fourth String Quartet of Carl Vine has been a feature of the...
Rafael Nadal recently made the headlines for a foot injury that threatened his Wimbledon chances this year. He dragged himself onto Centre Court, though, to polish off the Great British...
Setting a concert of polyphony from the golden age of Spain in Gloucester Cathedral was a touch of magic of which the wizards of Hogwarts would have been proud. Central...
This was the UK debut of the period-instrument orchestra Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, created by the French composer/conductor Jérémie Rhorer six years ago and based in France but decidedly multinational...
The twelfth season of Rosenblatt Recitals was marked by the accession of the first black South African singer to its roll of honour. Vuyani Mlinde epitomises some of the musical...
Maurizio Pollini here reached journey’s end in Southbank Centre’s five-recital Project in which he has played an odyssey of music as part of the International Piano Series. This concert was...
It’s rare to encounter John Gay’s ‘Newgate Pastoral’ in anything approaching its original guise, but here it is in all its rambunctious, eighteenth-century glory (albeit muscled up with radio microphones...
Elisabeth Leonskaja has enjoyed a close relationship with the music of Schubert, performing a cycle of the sonatas last year. This programme, a BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert at Wigmore...
Elliott Carter was already approaching his 40th-birthday when, in 1948, Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears established the Aldeburgh Festival. That the apparently indefatigable Carter could, at the age of 102,...
The remarkably dynamic Sydenham International Music Festival for 2011 ended with an orchestral programme which on the face of it was largely made up of 'old favourites', such as might...
You can’t really review this one, but nice to have it documented. After all, I interviewed Sir Charles Mackerras at his London home and he was a thoroughly welcoming chap...
One of the inspiring aspects of the Aldeburgh Festival is the way the vast range of programming is matched to different venues. After the extraordinary experience of hearing the 15th-century...
Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier were here on-hand to direct this fourth revival of their 2003 minimalist-Japanese Madama Butterfly, and that injunction fits well the Japanese aesthetic, with the directors...
Elisabeth Leonskaja is one of the giantesses of the piano, a lioness. She clothes every phrase with velvet, but behind it lies a power which, when unleashed, is formidable. In...
American operas on contemporary or at least relevant themes have become almost commonplace since John Adams blazed the trail (or, rather, renewed one seemingly left in abeyance from the immediate...
It hardly seems a decade since Julian Anderson took over from James MacMillan as artistic director of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Music of Today series, since when his breadth of sympathies...
The Philharmonia Orchestra’s Infernal Dance series centred on the music of Bartók continued with two later masterpieces, prefaced by a work which has recently regained at least some of its...
Two magical scores with plentiful enchantments were here appositely paired to close the LSO’s 2010-11 Season. Bernard Haitink has long excelled with French music. In Ravel’s case it’s a meeting...
Perhaps an ensemble can be too precise? This was the overriding feeling left by this Wigmore Hall recital by the Škampa Quartet. It feels a cliché to say so, but...
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