Concert Reviews

The second of the Wigmore Hall's concerts celebrating the 80th-birthday of György Kurtág featured the Keller Quartet in an artfully-planned miscellany interspersing music by the Hungarian composer with quartet transcriptions...
The Red Hedgehog (named after Brahms’s favourite coffee-house in Vienna), and conveniently located very near to Highgate tube station, is a café by day and a recital venue by night....
In the field of Lieder, Robert Holl suffers from the problem of being a bass-baritone, that peculiar cross-breed whose range can be two octaves plus – as opposed to the...
Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata must surely be one of the most accomplished works written for the instrument, and yet it continues not to receive the full exposure it deserves in...
A considerable success when premiered as a 20-minute workshop entry in Royal Opera's “A NITRO at the Opera” project in November 2003, Dominique Le Gendre's “Bird of Night” was subsequently...
The New York Philharmonic, led by Associate Conductor Xian Zhang, offered a rare, multi-media treat, performing Sergei Prokofiev’s score to Sergei Eisenstein’s film, “Alexander Nevsky”, as the film was shown...
The bi-annual Donatella Flick Conducting Competition was this time open to conductors under the age of 35 on 19 October 2006 who are citizens of countries that are full members...
The cycle of Naxos Quartets by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies here reached its penultimate stage, the Eighth and Ninth being given with the commitment that the Maggini Quartet has evinced...
For its Fiftieth Anniversary concert the Kensington Symphony Orchestra was rewarded with a sell-out audience in the Barbican Hall – a deserved accolade.The cantata that Prokofiev derived from his score...
Strange to think that “Theodora” – Handel’s penultimate oratorio and a flop at its first performances in 1750 – has only been resuscitated in public awareness in the last 15...
The second half of this YCAT (Young Concert Artists Trust) recital by Elizabeth Watts and Roger Vignoles had more of an impact on me that the first. One is grateful...
Fresh, early Grieg and turbulent late Brahms, with Dvořák’s Romance in between – such was the make-up of Janine Jansen and Itamar Golan’s generous lunchtime recital at the Wigmore Hall....
Monster' is the only dictionary adjective adequate to describe the coalescence of the orchestras of the Guildhall School and the Royal Academy of Music – no less than 113 players...
In advance of their 18-day, ten-concert tour of Asia – taking in concerts in South Korea, China (both Beijing and Shanghai), Singapore and Malaysia – Jiří Bělohlávek and the BBC...
The two-day Frieze Music Festival attempted to provide an aural equivalent to London’s annual Frieze Art Fair, now in its fourth year. The Art Fair has become quite an event...
In the solemn and spectacular setting of St Paul’s Cathedral – an awe-inspiring testament to man’s brains and hands in pre-technological times – Kurt Masur coupled secular and sacred music...
The second of the BBC Concert Orchestra's "Maximinimalists" series; the first in fact – what should have been the opener, a few months ago, was postponed due to Charles Hazlewood's...
Franz Lehár’s “The Merry Widow”, once one of the staples of the mainstream operetta repertoire is not now revived that often, at least in the UK. This is a pity...
While the Vienna Philharmonic still only reluctantly accepts female musicians, the Philadelphia Orchestra made history this year by selecting two young women as brass principals. Jennifer Montone is the first...
The London Symphony Orchestra is currently in New York performing Beethoven symphonies with Bernard Haitink (7-13 October), and a Feature Review of the rest of the concerts will appear on...
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