Concert Reviews

Halloween witches came late to the South Bank with Charles Dutoit's superlative reading of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, which more than made up for a distinctly lacklustre first half, the programme...
With a sudden nip in the London night air it seemed entirely appropriate to be attending a concert whose main work is subtitled ‘Winter Daydreams’. Tchaikovsky’s loosely programmatic symphony is...
A well-known British music magazine recently asked whether Anna Netrebko could be considered the world’s greatest soprano. After listening to two disappointing recital discs, to finally hear her in the...
Phase three of “IgorFest”, the project to perform all of Stravinsky's music in Birmingham between 2005 and 2008, concluded here with a neatly-programmed concert featuring two very different ballets and...
Hearing Chopin’s four Ballades presented consecutively is quite an experience and a chance to appreciate the composer’s mastery of the form, with the common features of the short prelude, the...
In 1950, Shostakovich visited Leipzig, during the bicentenary of J. S. Bach’s birth – in the nature of a pilgrimage, perhaps?The trip bore two fruits. Following the example of his...
What would have marked the 50th anniversary of the Midland Youth Orchestra – since 2004 the CBSO Youth Orchestra – coincided with the latest stage of “IgorFest”, making it doubly...
Almost as though it had never gone away for the summer, “IgorFest” continued here with an enterprising double bill, 'and then some', of Stravinsky's semi-, or rather almost-, stageworks.The addition...
Angelika Kirchschlager has a lightweight and reasonably flexible voice at her disposal and – when she chooses to use them – a quite large range of tone colours. The programme...
A good old-fashioned overture-concerto-symphony concert. Familiar music, familiarly played, and conducted with lucidity by Philippe Jordan; yet despite a baton technique that seems unambiguous, ensemble frayed occasionally, despite two previous...
Il Giardino Armonico was founded in Milan in 1985. It is for the most part a youthful ensemble, drawing upon leading colleges of music Europe-wide for performers who have specialised...
Evgenia Rubinova is good at crowd control, as stretches of Kreisleriana demonstrated – the proverbial pin, had one been dropped, would have been heard. The Schumann and Scriabin works made...
This is a review not only of a good "Così fan tutte", but also of Toronto’s fine new opera house located at the Four Seasons Centre for the performing arts.Firstly,...
Paul McCreesh and his Gabrieli Consort are celebrating their 25th-anniversary and, following workshops in Manchester, this performance of Haydn’s “The Creation” was given at the Barbican Hall as part of...
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...
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