Reviews of live performances

The presence of Galina Ustvolskaya’s music in the “Music of Today” series some six years ago raised more than a few eyebrows, and it was right that the same programme...
Mikko Franck is the new kid on the block. In his early ’twenties, he brings a refreshingly new slant to core repertoire.He comes with a prop – a chair on...
Anyone who heard Colin Davis’s recent performances of Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony will have known what to expect from his Ninth – except that, in its sheer flow and concentration, this...
The Walton Centenary Festival at the South Bank Centre got off to an excellent start with two of the composer’s finest and most popular works from the early years of...
If we can be grateful for only one thing since Leonard Slatkin has taken over the BBC Symphony Orchestra, then surely top of the list is his championing the music...
Christoph von Dohnányi opened tonight’s concert with a novelty – a Passacaglia left incomplete by Berg in 1913. Coming after the debacle of the Altenberg songs and the attendant confrontation...
Carbon-dating the Milhaud is easy: 1920s, Paris. For me this 19-player ballet-score – one with just four strings, the viola replaced by a saxophone – doesn’t travel well. It’s stylised...
Although he is recognised above all for his interpretations of Berlioz and Mozart, and has latterly consolidated his reputation as a Sibelian of stature, Colin Davis has been conducting Bruckner...
The days of lights and speakers now seem thankfully past for the London Chamber Orchestra, enabling the audience to focus on a concert of repertoire items and a new commission...
Named after the impresario who brought Haydn to England, the Salomon Orchestra will be 40 next year. For one of its regular concerts at St John’s, the ensemble “recognised for...
Daniel Koschitzki certainly had no problems breaking the ice in his Wigmore Hall debut, even if to a disappointingly small audience.The Moeck/Solo Recorder Playing Competition 2001 winner opened his recital...
This was a surprisingly pedestrian recital, almost as if the subdued atmosphere in the hall affected Emanuel Ax. Except in the most virtuoso passages of Liszt’s Rigoletto Paraphrase, the volume...
This was a recital fit for heroes. Its virtues were thoroughly and unashamedly old-fashioned. Like a giant magic bear, Sokolov shambled on and off the stage, delivering his idiosyncratic and...
Young, adventurous and full of flair – this is how I perceive Daniel Harding and his main love, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, which Daniel Harding describes as an ambassador for...
So “Related Rocks” draws to a close with an old-fashioned line-up of curtain-raiser, concerto and symphonic work. But then, as before in this series, nothing is quite what it seems....
An oddly put-together programme – part showcase for clarinettist Joan-Enric Lluna, part opportunity to present the UK premieres of three pieces by Roberto Gerhard.Still the only Spanish composer post-Falla (though...
Fresh from his recent and acclaimed trio gig at the Vortex Jazz Club, Uri Caine brings his “Mahler Reimagined” project to the Purcell Room. As part of the South Bank’s...
Kevin Volans was cited in the programme note as wishing to “strip music of its content”. He succeeded in this BBC commission. With concerto and double orchestra aspects obtuse, Volans,...
Contrasts and comparisons all round in this latest concert of the South Bank’s Magnus Lindberg project. His two pieces were both receiving their London premieres, with Basingstoke’s The Anvil having...
Visits to London by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group are happily becoming more frequent occurrences. The present afternoon concert featured the London premiere of a substantial new work by Mark- Anthony...
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