Reviews of live performances

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Vivaldi may be famed for the vast number of his Concertos, many of which utilise an array of different and unusual instruments, either alone or in ensemble. But north of...
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Gerard Schwarz began with Walter Piston’s engaging 1941 Sinfonietta. In the opening Allegro grazioso strings sang out sweetly but soon became embroiled with winds in more-complex harmonies, the pace picking...
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Jonathan Plowright completed his survey of Brahms’s piano music about a year ago (for BIS), and this recital marked the first in a series of six “Brahms Plus” programmes at...
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New Sussex Opera continues to set the pace in terms of unfamiliar operas, imaginatively staged, with this production (the first for decades) of The Travelling Companion being no exception. This...
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Reviewed from live BBC Radio 3 broadcast...With travelling to the Barbican Centre not an option on this occasion, I took to the Radio 3 airwaves.I hope Martyn Brabbins will take...
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Jaap van Zweden’s coupling of Britten’s Violin Concerto and Shostakovich’s ‘Leningrad’ Symphony was a good conception, composers with much in common and well-acquainted, each holding fast to tonality to communicate...
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In a concert rather opaquely tagged “Divine Geometry” Kristjan Järvi’s avowed intent was to bring together, by way of their similar motivic insistence and defined chordal structures, music separated by...
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Salieri’s music is rarely heard in concert but this courtly three-movement Symphony from 1786 certainly charmed the ear. As often the case during that period, existing music was used in...
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It is hard to fathom the process by which The Royal Ballet decides upon the composition of its mixed evenings of dance – a good triple bill possesses an internal...
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Three distinctive musical personalities, immediately evident in the Suite from Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, a “ballet with song” reimagining music wrongly attributed to Pergolesi (with references to other Italians), a shoplifting of...
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The Rite of Spring suits youth orchestras and Pierre Boulez and Simon Rattle have given memorable performances of it with the NYO of GB. The Guildhall Symphony Orchestra followed suit...
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Martinů’s Fourth Symphony is such a great work, and its conclusion so exhilarating, that to follow it with anything else is almost criminal. La valse (1920) may be of equal...
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Jack O’Brien’s production of Il trittico, one of the most appealing in the Met’s repertory, is receiving a terrific revival after a nine-year absence. Bertrand de Billy leads a masterful...
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It’s very easy for performers to go overboard with the big romantic stuff, so in many ways the achievement of Tai Murray and Silke Avenhaus’s superb Grieg at Wigmore Hall...
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Jonathan Miller’s 2009 La bohème is now enjoying its fourth revival and Natascha Metherell once again presides over its staging. Its restraint combines humour, well-defined characterisations and a slow release...
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With good reason, Figaro and Susanna survey with horror the dump of a room they’ve been allocated by the Count for the start of married life. That is the first...
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The Kensington Symphony Orchestra was at its largest for this generous and typically enterprising programme (requiring at some point a piano, two harps, alto saxophone, celesta and organ), Rachmaninov seeming...
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The debut programme of a newly-constituted orchestra in London always brings pre-concert enquiries, not least the question “Does our capital city need another orchestra?”. In purely numerical terms, perhaps not,...
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Wimbledon is iconic around the World for all tennis fans. It is surely joined now, after ten years of existence, by the Wimbledon International Music Festival, at least for music...
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The Nash Ensemble’s German Romantics season is currently showing off how late-Classical style stoked the fires of Romanticism into white-hot Expressionism. The big names anchoring the twelve-concert series (running to...
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