Concert Reviews

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...
César Franck’s Piano Quintet may be one of the great masterpieces of the nineteenth century French chamber repertoire but it doesn’t crop up that often. So it was good to...
After the outpourings of love and lyricism in Die Walküre, Wagner’s Ring cycle gets down to some serious, grinding unpleasantness in Siegfried. This jumped out at you in Vladimir Jurowski’s...
Irish mezzo Tara Erraught’s visits to London are all-too-few and far-between and her recital at London’s Wigmore Hall confirmed her status as an artist of distinctive warmth and virtuosity. Her...
Alban Berg’s Expressionist masterpiece, Wozzeck, takes over the Metropolitan Opera stage in this co-production of The Met, the Salzburg Festival, Opera Australia and the Canadian Opera Company. William Kentridge’s unconventional,...
Graham Johnson has devised another supremely entertaining evening of song and verse in his Songmakers’ Almanac series, this time exploring the delights and black humour of the Christmas season. Aylish...
When the 22-year-old Frenchman Alexandre Kantorow won the XVIth International Tchaikovsky Competition earlier this year he did so with a radically different final-round concerto choice of Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto...
Opening a concert programme with a completely new work brings certain dividends and risks. While it’s vital to encourage fresh talent, the impact of a premiere can soon vanish, especially...
Georgy Sviridov (1915-1998) was a Soviet era composer probably best known for his songs and choral music, but he was also a significant composer of film music, and composed the...
Can it really be 25 years since this production first graced the stage of the Royal Opera House? With revivals at least every other season the staging has become something...
Christmas themed masterpieces by Byrd formed the core of Fretwork’s dark-timbred viol consort recital at the Wigmore Hall. Music from the Tudor and Stewart courts,‘songs of sadnesse and Pietie’, featured...
Emmanuelle Haïm here made her debut with the LSO, albeit in its chamber orchestra incarnation. Having built her reputation with her own Le Concert d’Estrée she has moved on to...
For this extraordinary recital Joyce DiDonato joined with fellow Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist Yannick Nézet-Séguin to take on Winterreise, Schubert’s brilliant song cycle depicting a young man’s odyssey through an...
Wigmore Hall buzzed with excitement in anticipation of the second visit of Jakub Józef Orliński, the breakdancing Polish countertenor, who burst onto the British opera scene at Glyndebourne this summer....
The Red Shoes is arguably the finest film about ballet and the theatre ever made; Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger’s 1949 masterpiece has inspired generations of dancers and audience alike...
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