Concert Reviews

This programme, "Darkness and Light", part of Southbank Centre's Messiaen festival, featured a world premiere from Diana Burrell and a comparatively rare performance of Messiaen's most radical organ work.It began,...
Over the preceding weekend Tasmin Little had given two accounts of Elgar’s Violin Concerto in Berlin with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Leonard Slatkin; then she travelled to London to play Delius’s...
Performances of Chopin's Ballades as a set are becoming increasingly common, but to follow such a journey with Beethoven’s final sonata, represents a daring but exciting combination of works.It was...
The Carl Rosa Opera Company has saved the best for last in its brief London season. “The Pirates of Penzance” is arguably the most popular of all Gilbert & Sullivan...
The first of this year's concerts by the International Mahler Orchestra took place in the restored Salle Gaveau, a beautiful fin de siècle shoe-box hall much beloved by musicians (Martha...
A concert of various memorials and ‘modern classics' in terms of programming. If the inclusion of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Gesang der Jünglinge (1956) was prompted by the composer's death last December,...
Alasdair Nicolson’s "Two Sisters, A Rose, A Flood and Snow: Four Tales of Enchantment" was commissioned for the LSO St Luke’s Community Choir and Youth Choir and soon expanded with...
Pierre-Laurent Aimard here took a ‘break’ from his Messiaen-centenary exertions at the Southbank Centre. That he has such a wide repertoire and is able to carry it off so assuredly...
When James Levine and the MET Orchestra venture from the opera pit to the concert stage they seem to feel a fugitive thrill at escaping to a new repertoire and...
The Noël Coward industry shows no signs of abating. The National Theatre has just finished a revival of “Present Laughter” with Alex Jennings as Garry Essendine and there’s also an...
The last concert in Daniel Barenboim's Beethoven Piano Sonata cycle typically mixed ‘early’-, ‘middle’- and ‘late’-period works. It is a policy that Barenboim admits is a compromise, aimed at those...
Marking Brian Ferneyhough's 65th-birthday, as well as providing a platform for three pieces selected from a workshop held at Kingston University where a dozen compositions had been aired, this recital...
The beginning of the 2008 Concert Season, and the final year of Gianluigi Gelmetti's tenure with the Sydney Symphony are celebrated with two weeks of nothing but Ravel. The maestro's...
For this week’s appearances as guest conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mark Elder paired Sibelius’s hauntingly beautiful Violin Concerto with Shostakovich’s rarely heard Symphony No.4, a formidable and majestic...
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....
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