Concert Reviews

This first of two programs in The Cleveland Orchestra’s annual Miami residency was devoted to the music of Sergei Prokofiev – his Second Symphony and the final two Acts from...
Celebrated for his expressive and intelligent interpretations of baroque repertoire, countertenor Philippe Jaroussky has embarked on an unexpected project to perform Franz Schubert’s Lieder. He has strayed into nineteenth-century territory...
Alban Berg and Beethoven have been part of Sir Simon Rattle's repertoire from the outset, though his often tortuous interpretive grappling with Beethoven has perhaps obscured the relative naturalness with...
Paavo Järvi likes working on large-scale long-term projects with his orchestras, immersing them in different styles and intensities – witness his Beethoven and Brahms symphonies with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen,...
Stepping in for an indisposed Kees Bakels, Thierry Fischer coaxed playing of passionate commitment from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in a programme of mostly familiar repertoire spiced with one fascinating...
Ravi Shankar’s opera Sukanya was premiered in 2017 to great acclaim. It has been brought back for a reprise at the Royal Festival Hall with reduced forces, as part of...
For the first time in over a decade, Gustavo Dudamel came to conduct the New York Philharmonic, for this well-curated program, the first of two scheduled for his two week-visit...
David Lang’s ‘prisoner of the state’ is a “meditation” on Beethoven’s Fidelio, part-opera and part-oratorio. The work was premiered in New York last June, and Barbican Centre’s Hall was filled...
In this revival of Michael Mayer’s sumptuous 2018 staging, La traviata – with a mostly new cast and a different conductor – is back at The Met. At the helm...
Another year, another run of La bohème. Yet this second revival of Richard Jones’s 2017 staging needs a little more emotional clout if it’s to deliver something of lasting impact....
How welcome the return of English National Ballet’s rollicking Romantic romp Le Corsaire; nothing prim or pastel, just full, bold technicolour dancing in the ultimate get-away-from-it-all, feel-good ballet. Don’t go...
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, after a twenty-year hiatus, resumed its annual residency at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach with a pair of concerts, beginning aptly with...
In 2020 the musical world at large may be celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven, but ongoing sestercentennial celebration of the entire creative life of Mozart by...
In programming terms, Wagner and Brahms might appear to be ideal stablemates. Full-blooded German Romanticism, you could argue. In fact, in Vienna, the hub of the musical world in the...
Paul Lewis joined the New York Philharmonic for a performance of Edvard Grieg's ever-popular Piano Concerto under the direction of his compatriot Daniel Harding. Although Lewis’s impressive technique and youthful...
Hot on the heels of the National Youth Orchestra’s invigorating musical exploration of 20th-century revolutionary acts at the weekend, here the capital’s own spectacular array of young musicians – the...
The New Year wouldn’t be new year if the National Youth Orchestra didn’t throw down a gauntlet and challenge every other orchestra to match its enthusiasm and programming skill. Five...
This delightful recital of Beethoven sonatas was among the earliest of the many performances that will commemorate the composer’s birth 250 years ago. Midori and Jean-Yves Thibaudet formed a perfect...
This delightful concert opened with Jeffrey Kahane conducting Mozart’s stylish E-flat Concerto, K482, from the keyboard. The NYP musicians responded most expressively, with the wind players – especially the clarinets...
Calixto Bieito’s direct and disturbing Carmen is now in its second revival. First shown at The Coliseum in 2012 (and much travelled since its launch thirteen years earlier at the...
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