Reviews of live performances

The Nash Ensemble has an excellent reputation for imaginative programming. This Wigmore Hall Elgar-related series has indeed struck ‘realms of gold’. This programme placed some lesser-known treasures in a setting...
Let’s be clear on one thing: there was an abundance of talent on offer here. How that talent was used is another matter.At 6 o’clock as a free pre-concert recital,...
Just how long has singer, dancer, actress, cabaret artist and all-round flirt Eartha Kitt been a legend? Well, she turned 80 this year, so I reckon she’s been reinventing herself...
The Suite’s first public performance was at the Helsinki Music Institute, during Sibelius’s last term there before moving to study in Berlin. He was 24. His friend, Federico Busoni, was...
The BBC Symphony Orchestra's concerts at its Maida Vale studio home can be relied upon for featuring unfamiliar music and artists, and this programme was no exception – providing a...
This was the first of six programmes in the New York Philharmonic’s “Brahms the Romantic” festival, in which music director Lorin Maazel will lead the orchestra in all of the...
It was inevitable, though still timely, that the Philharmonia Orchestra’s early-evening and free Music of Today series get round to Pascal Dusapin – the Frenchman who, 52 this year, has...
Gustavo Dudamel is hot property. Born in 1981, he has an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon and has issued a CD of Beethoven symphonies with the Simón Bolívar Youth...
To a packed house, on Valentine’s Day, the London Philharmonic presented an operatic evening under David Parry, with the Irish soprano Majella Cullagh and Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones as...
This is the third revival of a production (shared with the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona) first staged in 2003. Liping Zhang appeared in the first revival; otherwise most of...
This was a somewhat unorthodox concert in that it included the unusual and surprisingly refreshing combination of trumpet and percussion. The name Håkan Hardenberger has become synonymous with the trumpet...
The second week in the season of “The American Songbook in London” has singer-pianist Steve Ross featuring the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, indisputably the greatest living American writer...
Trio Jean Paul is named after the novelist who was such an inspiration to Robert Schumann’s musical criticism, but it was Schumann’s close contemporary Brahms on whom the group concentrated...
Daniela Lehner is a 25-year-old Austrian mezzo-soprano who was a member of Young Songmakers' Almanac. She has also appeared in Linz and Hanover, sung at the Chelmsford Festival and won...
Alas, due to problems with public transport, I missed the opening work of this afternoon concert, Sibelius’s Finlandia. So we have to plunge, if not quite in medias res, to...
This Sunday morning “Coffee Concert” (‘Sherry Concert’ might be the more apt description since that seems to be the main tipple) was part of an ongoing Nash Ensemble Elgar-based series....
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's second London concert in this current visit, was a curious (afternoon) affair, running to just six minutes over one hour (according to the rather unnecessary printed...
The Red Hedgehog is a café by day and an intimate chamber-music venue by night. It allows the listener to get close to both the music and the performer. At...
In pre-concert discussion with James Jolly, Marin Alsop discussed the works in hand eloquently, clueing us in on her vision of the infamous opening bars of Beethoven’s Fifth (she dislikes...
Deservedly, since it is an ensemble of the highest quality, the Ysaÿe Quartet attracted the fullest possible house for this programme that represented the final thoughts of all three composers...
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