Concert Reviews

In broadly biblical terms, Old Testament prophets don’t exactly have the best of reputations – hellfire and damnation, an eye for an eye – compared with the consolation and compassion...
Evgeny Kissin gave this programme at Wigmore Hall as a charity concert in June 2019 – this recital in Barbican Centre’s Hall was similarly a sold-out affair – and he’d...
With Mám, his latest show at the Sadler’s Wells, Michael Keegan Dolan confirms not only his undimmed powers of choreographic and theatrical invention but also that the direction he has...
Gerald Barry’s music can be a heady concoction of pulsing rhythms, heavy-duty wind sonorities and cripplingly difficult vocal lines (not forgetting multiple cultural associations) which can make for a bewildering...
Calixto Bieito’s direct and disturbing Carmen is now in its second revival. First shown at The Coliseum in 2012 (and much travelled since its launch thirteen years earlier at the...
César Franck’s Piano Quintet may be one of the great masterpieces of the nineteenth century French chamber repertoire but it doesn’t crop up that often. So it was good to...
After the outpourings of love and lyricism in Die Walküre, Wagner’s Ring cycle gets down to some serious, grinding unpleasantness in Siegfried. This jumped out at you in Vladimir Jurowski’s...
This concert marked Simone Young’s first visit to the New York Philharmonic since her April 2019 appearance, when – after not having appeared with the orchestra since her 1998 debut...
Gianandrea Noseda’s concert with the London Symphony Orchestra on Thursday presented an intriguing and well-planned programme that drew a near capacity audience. It was an evening of good humour, pastiche...
If concert venues are going to overdose on Beethoven in this 250th anniversary year, it will be inevitable that some performances will outlast others. Some, like this one may rejuvenate...
The likes of a traditional ballet gala are seen rarely on these shores; there are sometimes those by a company to celebrate some anniversary, but the bringing together of various...
During his career, Igor Levit has been at his most impressive when tackling the various pinnacles of the piano repertoire: the variation-sets by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Frederic Rzewski and, more...
For the Cleveland Orchestra’s second and concluding program of its annual Miami residency, Music Director Franz Welser-Möst led a rich and brilliant performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony that justified devoting...
It is September 1st, 1299, in Florence, and Buoso Donati has just breathed his last. Well, a rich man in those days probably wasn’t subject to a post-mortem, but here...
The 36-year-old London-based Montenegrin, Miloš Karadaglić, is the world’s most famous classical guitarist, who has a string of best-selling albums to his name and, as here, plays to a packed...
In this matinee concert performance, La damnation de Faust returns to the Met stage for the first time since 2009. The company’s decision to present Berlioz’s genre bending re-telling of...
Palm Beach Opera opens its 2020 season with a musically outstanding and visually attractive production of Giacomo Puccini’s last opera, Turandot. A uniformly excellent cast, orchestra and chorus are in...
Gustavo Dudamel’s latest venture in what is projected to be a complete Mahler symphony cycle was the main attraction of this program: Das Lied von der Erde – Mahler called...
This revival by The Royal Ballet of John Cranko’s Onegin is most welcome after several years’ absence. This commendably lean telling of Alexander Pushkin’s verse-drama has suited the company well...
Happy Birthday English National Ballet! 2020 sees this at-times unstable company celebrate seventy years since its establishment as London’s Festival Ballet, then essentially a backing ensemble for the star dancers...
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