Reviews of live performances

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How do you get to Carnegie Hall? "Practice!" Or join one of the local choral societies that rent the auditorium periodically. For Verdi’s “Requiem” the smaller Arcadian Chorale and Richmond...
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“I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him”. The words from the third act of “Julius Caesar” occurred to me in anticipation of this concert. Would I find a...
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Stamatia Karampini arrived in London something of an unknown quantity (I imagine) and left the platform leaving not much doubt as to her technical prowess (or her memory – no...
This work is rooted in Dalston – a particular locality. It is the testimony of people who live there – people for whom travelling into Highbury, Canonbury or Hackney involves...
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It was a measure of the compelling nature of Leslie Howard’s artistry that a large audience was drawn to Wigmore Hall, and made up of many distinguished musicians and pianists...
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The opportunities for young composers to work with a professional orchestra are all too infrequent, making this pre-concert event – the result of a three-month project involving the London Philharmonic...
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At the age of 83, Pierre Boulez’s powers are undiminished and here he received the warmest of welcomes from a virtually full Barbican Hall (three years away from the London...
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I was anticipating this recital originally as my last chance to say farewell to one of the greatest operatic and concert artists of the past 40 years, the Belgian bass-baritone...
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Two heroic and popular works coupled together should have been a box-office winner, but proved rather less so for the Royal Philharmonic on this occasion – more a comment on...
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Following the harrowing “Schwanengesang” from Florian Boesch in the previous Monday’s Lunchtime Concert in the Wigmore Hall, the BBC kept up its examination of late Schubert with an altogether more...
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As part of “Ether 08”, a large and youthful audience packed this concert by the London Sinfonietta.Thomas Adès took charge of the first outing of his In Seven Days. Described...
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There has already been at least one other musical version of Margaret Mitchell’s best-selling novel “Gone with the Wind”. Then called “Scarlett”, it was premiered in Tokyo in the early...
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The last-minute indisposition of soprano Lisa Milne resulted in a compromised programme for this concert by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, but the high quality of musicianship ensured...
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The ancient Roman practice of scourging a prisoner and then leaving him nailed to a tree to die slowly of asphyxiation is one so barbaric as to give rise to...
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This concert was Christoph von Dohnányi’s last appearance in the UK as Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra (a tenure that will culminate in a tour of the United States,...
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The Takács Quartet was founded in Hungary in 1975 (and now based in Boulder at the University of Colorado) and named after the then first violin Gabor Takács-Nagy. Two of...
Franz Lehár’s “The Merry Widow” is arguably the most performed operetta of them all. Since its first appearance in 1905 in Vienna it has been a continual success, no doubt...
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After experiencing Verdi’s “Messa da Requiem” in the less-than-ideal acoustics of Westminster Cathedral (conducted by Riccardo Muti) and St Paul's Cathedral (Sir Colin Davis), it was a particular pleasure to...
Let us be clear about one thing: National Ballet Theatre’s Hamlet is not as bad as some have made out. It is far from perfect, but it is not the...
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On paper, an all-Elgar programme might appear to be an enticing proposition, but in reality there are few conductors with whom one would now relish sharing the prospect. However, Leonard...
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