Reviews of live performances

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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