Concert Reviews

It is hard to define stylistically exactly where we are in the process of musical composition. There is no easy category in which we can label modern art music such...
When I interviewed Ingo Metzmacher a year or so ago, he enthused about the German conducting tradition, for him epitomised by Fritz Busch, Otto Klemperer and, as a contemporary figure,...
If Richard Goode wasn’t at his best for this recital, the slow movements of the Bach pieces (the French Suite played from the score) opened up an infinite world of...
The question on the lips of most people after this concert given in celebration of Gunther Schuller’s 75th-birthday seemed to run the not very wide gauntlet of "Where has this...
One of the recent developments in London concert life has been the frequency of Sir Simon Rattle’s appearances. Free from responsibilities in Birmingham, and with his position in Berlin not...
CoplandThe London Sinfonietta’s centenary salute to Aaron Copland seemed to be the last in a heady series held in London’s concert halls remembering this much-admired and much-loved figure. Thankfully these...
The highpoints of this recital were Schumann’s Op.14, the curiously titled ’concerto without orchestra’ and the two Chopin encores. The ’league of David’ pieces, 18 varied numbers, dance in the...
As part of the Barbican’s Great Performers series, Pletnev appeared calm and collected as he took a slow stroll up to the piano… but burst into Beethoven’s Sonata No.10 before...
It appears that Harnoncourt has been ruffling a few feathers recently. His remit to search scores’ nooks and crannies to find things that few other conductors look for (or notice)...
This was my first experience of Nikolaus Harnoncourt live; it proved most pleasurable.Commencing with Dvorak’s first set of Slavonic Dances, it was immediately apparent that Harnoncourt intended to stamp, quite...
London, three years before the Berlioz bicentenary (2003), has been enjoying an unrivalled (and probably unrepeatable) focus on France’s greatest composer. Sir Colin Davis shortly ends the LSO’s year-long Berlioz...
Bring together a torn sleeveless jacket, a baggy white shirt, stained jog bottoms tucked in red socks, shiny green shoes and a rather large helping of musical talent and we...
With a new American Principal Conductor at the helm, it came as no surprise to learn that the BBC Symphony Orchestra would be celebrating the 100th-birthday of Aaron Copland in...
Christoph Eschenbach having withdrawn, it was left to Paul Daniel to nip down from ENO to share his view of one of Bruckner’s lesser-known symphonies, also in A. My knowledge...
This was an impressive performance by the LPO. Paul Daniel took Bruckner 6 very briskly, but the rhythms were very well articulated, consistently maintained, and the orchestral sound well balanced...
Read Duncan Hadfield’s ReviewLike Duncan, who is a good friend, I am a dedicated Brucknerian; however, we do not agree on a four-movement Ninth or on Robert Bachmann’s stature as...
Having never visited Moscow before, it was certainly both an intriguing and rewarding experience to find myself resident in the Russian capital for a few days on a drizzly weekend...
As a pianistic appendix to Andras Schiff’s four Bach concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra, in ’Bach year’ there was only one possible work that could begin the latest Harrods’ recitals...
As a preface, it would be useful to set the scene for the prospect of attending a concert, any concert, in Hong Kong. This is a city of noise, of...
If Alfred Hitchcock had ever ventured into the world of opera he would have surely been lured by The Queen of Spades, the haunting tale of obsession that leads to...
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