Reviews of live performances

The myth runs: historic pianists gave heroic, interesting interpretations but were often cavalier with the score; modern ones are trained to correctness at the expense of character. Mitsuko Uchida, more...
The English Chamber Orchestra has been associated with new music since thehalcyon years of their partnership with Benjamin Britten, so James Francis Brown’s Fantasy for violin and orchestra follows in...
The best thing about Alfredo Perl’s playing is his una corda tone. Frequently employed, it adds a silvery clarity to his already satiny, round tone, which beautifully nuanced the inner-voices...
Since 1956 the Park Lane Group has been ’providing a prominent central London platform for highly talented young artists… ’. Forty-four seasons later, with such musicians as Thomas Allen, John...
Few musicians can boast such an endurable and consistently popular career as the Jazz legend Dave Brubeck. It seems too that Brubeck has had little trouble finding musicians to team...
I would have short-listed it anyway, but in the resonance of this superb performance it’s definitely included – one of the great symphonies of the twentieth-century (something which can be...
I first met Sir Michael Tippett in Aspen, Colorado in 1966. My teacher, Walter Susskind, was honouring him with performances of several of his works. I had the opportunity to...
The legacy of Sir William Glock, particularly his years as Controller, Radio 3 from 1959-72, are a crucial and still (regrettably in some ways) controversial period of the post-war British...
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...
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