Concert Reviews

The second of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra's two concerts at Carnegie Hall showcased four works steeped in themes of doom and foreboding in a feat of provocative programming on...
This is an oddly balanced Triple Bill from The Royal Ballet. The skill of programming is a tricky one, and while Monica Mason sometimes gets it right, she is no...
As part of the Southbank Centre’s year-long Messiaen Festival, the Royal Academy of Music is hosting a series of enterprising concerts, workshops and lectures. This recital drew a small but...
When it comes to understanding a large-scale work such as Messiaen's Turangalîla-symphonie, program notes can be very helpful. On this occasion Carnegie Hall went one step further and presented the...
For the penultimate concert in his exploration of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, Daniel Barenboim picked four works of a less conventional formal design, and with them offered a chance to enjoy...
Ravel, as well as being a gifted composer, was also a phenomenal orchestrator. This programme featured two pieces that underwent the Ravel treatment, both having starting life as piano works....
The Alban Berg Quartet has long had a reputation for playing ‘difficult’ music and emotional detachment. Over the last decade though, some live performances have been rather more emotionally involved....
Seen at the Young Vic Theatre for a Christmas 2007 season with “A Christmas Carol”, this South African version of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” proved to be a success, hence...
Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s performance of Messiaen’s colossal Vingt regards sur l’Enfant Jésus provided the Southbank Centre with a neat intersection of the International Piano Series and the Messiaen festival: a sell-out...
This recital by Hilary Hahn consisted of five sonatas that between them evinced a intriguing network of interconnections, as well as comprising a diverse and yet satisfying programme.The Classical, Romantic...
David McVicar’s staging of Mozart’s penultimate opera is a curious affair. Having seen this production a number of times it seems less like the initial ‘hit’ one thought it was,...
The third of the London Philharmonic's current concerts to include a work by Mark-Anthony Turnage brought us the London première of what is effectively a concerto for his old friend,...
Vasily Petrenko is a young man going places. He currently resides with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Conductor (his contract now extended until 2012). Reports from concerts in...
The Belcea Quartet was ‘in residence’ at the Wigmore Hall from 2001 to 2006 and signed for EMI. No-one could accuse the players of lightweight programming – both these works...
In October this year singer-actress and cabaret-performer Julie Wilson will be 84 years young. Last year Barbara Cook, Eartha Kitt, Cleo Laine and Elaine Stritch all celebrated their 80th-birthdays. Last...
Forty years ago Sibelius was regarded as being a fringe player in the greater scheme of musical development in the 20th-century. To be perceived as a symphonist was bad enough...
Ahmed Adnan Saygun (1907-1991) is referred to as “the most important twentieth-century Turkish composer”. In terms of mixing Western tradition with Turkish folk music and other indigenous ingredients, then maybe,...
The Met's sixth revival of Elijah Moshinsky's grandly realistic 1994 production of Verdi’s “Otello” got off to a high voltage start from the opening thunderclap, as Semyon Bychkov whipped the...
With the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company out of action now for nearly five years, it seems that it’s left to the Carl Rosa company to fly the flag of traditional...
A principal appeal of Daniel Barenboim’s Beethoven Piano Sonata cycle has been the self-contained nature of each recital, making one-off visits suitable in its general application of ‘early-middle-late’ while preserving...
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