Concert Reviews

He’s been compared to Vladimir Horowitz, Danny Kaye, Al Jolson, Victor Borge, Luciano Pavarotti, Fred Astaire and Spiderman (Spiderman?) but in fact Mark Nadler is unique. As far as we...
The coupling of Richard Strauss and Mozart is a splendid one. Strauss admired the older Master, and this concert showed how the two complement each other perfectly. The format of...
Two years after its debut concert in 1977, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra recorded Grieg’s complete works for string orchestra. The music of the Bergen-born composer is clearly in the players...
The final two concerts of Staatskapelle Berlin's Mahler cycle featured works the composer never had a chance to hear performed – this performance of the Ninth Symphony was preceded the...
A mini Handel fest in London on this day (to say nothing of the near-simultaneous “Giulio Cesare” at Glyndebourne) found Zurich Opera's production of “Agrippina” at the Royal Festival Hall,...
Racehorse trainers generally give their charges a sizeable break between races to allow them to recover from their exertions. Occasionally, however, winning runners are brought out quickly in the hope...
Dvořák’s joyous homage to Nature positively bristles with spirited melodies and snappy rhythms. Paavo Järvi and the Philharmonia Orchestra were full of bustling energy and precise ensemble. In fact, a...
London audiences have been fortunate in the last eighteen months or so to have heard some notable accounts of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pathétique’ Symphony, kick-started by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo...
This penultimate concert of Staatskapelle Berlin's "Mahler: The Symphonies in Sequence" paired “Das Lied von der Erde” (which Mahler called a symphony but to which he pointedly declined to assign...
Pierre Boulez capped off his participation in Staatskapelle Berlin's "Mahler: The Symphonies in Sequence" with a brilliant performance of the Eighth Symphony. Although the orchestra, vocal soloists and choristers filled...
Bartók’s Divertimento for Strings (written for Paul Sacher) was composed in the days leading up to the outbreak of war in 1939. The good-natured mood of the outer movements frame...
Esa-Pekka Salonen who was slated to conduct this, the first of a pair of New York Philharmonic subscription concerts, had to cancel because of back trouble. David Zinman stepped on...
From the gutsy attack, urgent tempos (yet with elegant turns to lyrical entreaties) of Coriolan to a glorious, exultant but not-pompous coda to Brahms 1, this was a concert of...
Never takes things for granted. Over the years, I have got used to the English Chamber Orchestra as house band for the Aldeburgh Festival, accompanists to great and good soloists,...
Hampstead has an agreeably oldie-worldly feel to it and a relaxed charm that time (blissfully) still has to catch up with. Twinned with Highgate, the well-established Festival (now re-entitled Springfest)...
The seventh concert in Staatskapelle Berlin's "Mahler: The Symphonies in Sequence" series coupled Mahler's first song-cycle juxtaposed with his mature Symphony No.7.Thomas Hampson may not have as light or youthful-sounding...
If ever there was a concert of two mutually unsympathetic halves, this “Beyond the Wall” event, showcasing contemporary music from China, was surely it. It opened with a 45-minute recital...
After a day of rest for most of the orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin continued the second half of its Mahler cycle with the composer's blackest work, the Sixth Symphony. It is...
Simone Dinnerstein’s opening chord – in the first of the Impromptus – was expansive, strong and authoritative. This was not an alarum to divert some Viennese salon into silence, nor...
Laurent Pelly’s fun and unpretentious production of “L’elisir d’amore” – Donizetti’s first major success – returns to Covent Garden for its first revival. It does not have the makings of...
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