Reviews of live performances

The London Chamber Music Series continued its season at Kings Place with this sparkling concert from Fibonacci Sequence, now established as one of the leading chamber ensembles in Britain. Haydn's...
Michael John LaChiusa (born 1962) is an American composer, lyricist and librettist whose contemporary influences have been Philip Glass, John Adams and John Corigliano, as well as Gershwin, Rodgers and...
No-one could accuse Sir Colin Davis of playing safe. Setting out on a three-yearcycle of Nielsen symphonies would be a tough assignment for most conductors, let alone one in his...
The BBC Symphony Orchestra opened its season – which will include Jiří Bělohlávek conducting all six of Bohuslav Martinů’s symphonies – with a one-dimensional Mozart 29, any disappointment then wiped...
Scottish Ballet is 40 years old this season. It has often been a bumpy ride; the early period of Peter Darrell’s directorship (essentially the first 18 years) was arguably the...
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"Aida", Verdi's twenty-sixth opera (he wrote 28), ingeniously combines the strengths of Italian Romantic melodrama with those of French Grand Opera. The current production, which premiered in 1988, masterfully captures...
Music Theatre Wales has an impressive track record with mounting and touring contemporary opera. Its latest venture, “Letters of a Love Betrayed”, with both the composer Eleanor Alberga and the...
The opening concert of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's new season – Stéphane Denève's fifth – brought as eclectic an assortment of pieces. The two by Oliver Knussen served as...
When Australian Timothy Walker took over as the London Philharmonic's Chief Executive and Artistic Adviser an eventual Antipodean sojourn was taken as given – it was only a question of...
It’s a long time since I heard Chopin’s music revealed in all its baffling complexity, thanks to the gifted Argentinean pianist Nelson Goerner. His Wigmore Hall recital didn’t shy away...
It can’t be easy to come up with an eleventh-hour replacement conductor for an A-list orchestra. But that’s exactly the scramble that the Boston Symphony Orchestra administration was going through...
Esa-Pekka Salonen’s programming, his intrinsic musical intelligence and his ‘inside view’ of music as a composer/conductor is a dynamite combination. Having Salonen head the Philharmonia Orchestra is something to celebrate.Salonen...
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Dan Ettinger makes his Metropolitan Opera debut with a revival of Jonathan Miller’s sun-drenched, 1998 production of Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”. And right from the Overture, the Israeli conductor...
Colin Davis and Mozart – as synonymous as him ‘... and Berlioz’ or ‘... and Sibelius’. Symphony 34 started promisingly with a warmly affectionate first movement, crisp, hard-stick timpani (Antoine...
This concert was an act of passionate commitment. Theresienstadt, often referred to as Terezín, was a Concentration Camp. Most of the prisoners were transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau for execution, and included...
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As a composer Colin Matthews has generally followed a more modernist path, eschewing nineteenth and early-twentieth-century forms, writing concertos only for cello (twice) and horn, so the idea of a...
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Christof Loy has done it again: he’s divided opinion. The boos (premeditated by the sound of it and courtesy of Rent-a-Mob) rang out loud and angrily when he took his...
"Out Hear" is a series of events and concerts showcasing and curated by composers in the contemporary or experimental, and multi-media field. This performance brought together six short chamber pieces...
The quality was extraordinary – a choice event, a tribute to Imogen Cooper’s discerning taste in friends. The outcome, for us, was the chance to hear music-making of a calibre...
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Luc Bondy’s stark new staging of “Tosca” at the Metropolitan Opera replaces Franco Zeffirelli’s lavishly hyper-realistic 1985 production. After nearly a quarter-century, it was probably time to present a fresh,...
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