Concert Reviews

The London Symphony Orchestra's “Essential Boulez” series concluded with this concise and well-balanced concert featuring the composer-conductor's own music, a work by a composer (Rihm) little associated with him, and...
At last – a fully staged Les Arts Florissants production. Covent Garden produced Purcell’s King Arthur in 1995, but this was the first time one of William Christie’s Paris productions...
During the late 1980s and early '90s, the Docklands Sinfonietta put on a number of concerts featuring rare and neglected pieces alongside items from the standard repertoire. Now, founder and...
Nikolai Demidenko’s view of Beethoven at this recital proved both individual and very complete, compelling during the performance and leaving a lasting and positive impression. Certainly one exited the Barbican...
What might have been a radical rethink of Beethoven became a reaffirming of traditional values when an indisposed Frans Brüggen made way for Walter Weller, the advertised brace of Dvořák...
Back with the LSO for concerts heralding his 80th birthday next March, Pierre Boulez's latest series focuses on his own music and that of composers who have formed the backbone...
This superb concert began with a sparkling performance of Mozart’s B flat Piano Concerto, directed from the keyboard with great artistry by Mitsuko Uchida. The Allegro aperto was characterised by...
Music written for Prague and music by a native Czech made up the OAE’s opening concert of the new season. Sir Charles Mackerras was in business-like form and produced some...
This concert marked the re-opening of the Wigmore Hall following extensive refurbishment. Everything looked spruced up and elegant, but the emphasis has been on restoring the decor to its original...
Having recently conducted the Berlin Philharmonic in Mahler’s Third Symphony as part of the Barbican’s “Haitink at 75” series, Bernard Haitink stayed in London for two performances of Mahler’s Resurrection...
The first of four LSO concerts with Pierre Boulez, now just a few months away from his 80th birthday. His Livres pour cordes expands and revises a string quartet completed...
This BBC Symphony Orchestra ‘free concert’ offered three interesting and absorbing pieces. Under Johannes Kalitzke’s expert direction, each was given a thoroughly well prepared rendition.Rolf Wallin’s Act is a brand-new...
The opportunity to experience a Bax symphony live remains rare; so hearty congratulations to Trinity College for programming the first of Arnold Bax’s seven symphonies. Maybe more will follow?Peter Stark...
One of the most interesting aspects of a UK concert season is the appearance of conductors touted abroad but as yet little known here. Such is Andrey Boreyko – the...
The London orchestras resident in the Royal Festival Hall are currently engaging in what might be described as ‘programme-rubato’: what you gain on the Malcolm Arnold and Harrison Birtwistle stakes,...
For this opening concert of the Hallé Orchestra’s new season, Mark Elder presented a carefully constructed programme to demonstrate both the latent spirituality of Verdi’s theatrical works and the sensuousness...
The well-balanced, majestic, opening chords of the Mendelssohn commanded attention, a promising start not always maintained throughout this splendid overture. Kurt Masur’s kinship with Mendelssohn, with the Leipzig Gewandhaus tradition,...
A conflation of whimsy and serious utterance characterised this Dvořák concert, which began with The Water Goblin before exploring the Violin Concerto. A magisterial reading of Symphony No.7 closed the...
Another season, another opening – the BBC Symphony Orchestra's 2004/5 schedule getting underway with this unlikely but effective coupling such as Jukka-Pekka Saraste has brought off numerous times during his...
Having rung the changes in recent seasons with its presentation of the 'light music' repertoire, the BBC Concert Orchestra here gave the first of two concerts focusing on the music...
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