Concert Reviews

“Re:Creation”, written and performed in a spirit of devout, lively dedication has five parts and lasts well over an hour and a half. David Perkins renders the biblical text in...
John Tavener is, without a doubt, a deeply intellectual, spiritual and caring man – someone who perceives music as a means of not only bringing light into people’s lives, but...
Sir Charles Mackerras must have felt a sense of history when he took to the rostrum (to considerable applause) for the opening night of “Kátya Kabanová”: some 56 years ago...
Ingrid Fliter was born in Argentina and in her early thirties. She came to prominence after receiving the 2006 Gilmore Artist Award, and various other prizes, and this was her...
It is refreshing to read a programme note that is not overly and only concerned with how one key changes into another or how this or that movement is in...
However coincidentally, the reopening of the Royal Festival Hall has been the venue for this year’s Meltdown festival that, as curated by Jarvis Cocker, has offered the most varied and...
A generous lunchtime pairing from the Belcea Quartet confirmed the quartet’s popularity, with standing room only at the Wigmore Hall. The pairing of Haydn and Dvořák brought mixed results, but...
Since it first appeared in London in 1990, I have always thought that Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Into the Woods” would make a brilliant show for Christmas. This instead...
For over 17 years Ian Marshall Fisher’s Lost Musicals series has brought to our attention the neglected works of often famous composers, librettists and lyricists (mostly American) that have not...
This concert was a gem! Under guest conductor Riccardo Muti, the New York Philharmonic was at its best in performing infrequently heard works by great composers, demonstrating in the process...
Our musical tastes are often more rational and consistent than the intuitive side of us likes to imagine. I have been a keen admirer of the work of Mark-Anthony Turnage...
After a tremendous performance of Vaughan Williams’s Fourth Symphony earlier in the month by this orchestra and conductor, it was gratifying to find both again on top form. This time...
This finely prepared and attractively programmed concert graced the second evening of this year’s Chelsea Festival and suggested that the Royal Philharmonic and Sir Andrew Davis as a potent partnership...
This was the first piano recital in the newly-refurbished Royal Festival Hall. Alfred Brendel had been the last classical artist to appear in the old Hall.Much had been said and...
This last concert in Valery Gergiev's journey through the respective outputs of Debussy, Stravinsky and Prokofiev – his first project as Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra – brought...
This concert, part of the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s latest Australian tour, brought together an unlikely combination of performers in order to find common ground across genres. The results were both...
There was some marvellous orchestral playing to be heard throughout this concert – consistently bold and full, if not always observant of quieter dynamic markings.Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements was...
John Adams has never been one to shy away from contentious issues in his stage works, but the angry response directed at him following “The Death of Klinghoffer” seemed to...
If one excludes the Gala Concert two nights ago, this was the London Philharmonic's first ‘solo’ concert at the revamped Royal Festival Hall. We filed into a Hall whose temperature...
Biographer Alexander Thayer recounts the story of Cipriano Potter, the director of London's Royal Academy of Music, asking Beethoven in 1817 who he regarded as the greatest living composer, excepting...
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