Concert Reviews

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Christoph Eschenbach having withdrawn, it was left to Paul Daniel to nip down from ENO to share his view of one of Bruckner’s lesser-known symphonies, also in A. My knowledge...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...
It was Roger Norrington’s usual orchestra layout that greeted the audience – antiphonal violins, cellos left-centre, double basses in a single row across the back of the platform, Elgarian percussion...
Psychologists tell us that at an early age we learn to identify objects and give them names. At a later stage we generalise to see what objects have in common...
To listeners of Classic FM the Hall of Fame will be a familiar expression. It could be viewed as classical music’s answer to the UK pop-chart, with the exception of...
Oxford has become accustomed to first-rate opera and expects to be visited several times each year by such excellent companies as Welsh National Opera and Glyndebourne Touring. More recently, it...
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