Opera and Classical Reviews

Prom 13: Elgar – The Dream of Gerontius @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Ben Hogwood

Elgar’s setting of John Henry Newman’s text The Dream Of Gerontius struggled to make an impact at its barely rehearsed premiere. Indeed Elgar went as…



Prom 6: Nielsen: Symphony no. 4; Rachmaninov and Thea Musgrave @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Ben Hogwood

I’d wager this is going to be one of the more testing Proms seasons of the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s 75 years, as they perform each...

Prom 1: Tippett – A Child Of Our Time; Elgar, Mendelssohn and Berlioz @ Royal Alb...

by Ben Hogwood

Sir Michael Tippett’s oratorio A Child Of Our Time may date from 1941, but its relevance to the first Prom of this new season could...

Preview: BBC Proms 2005

by Ben Hogwood

This year the BBC Proms have reached the ‘Nelson’ figure: 111 not out, and showing signs of strengthening each year.This term there are 74 concerts...

John Williams – Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith OST

by Ben Hogwood

Not only does Revenge Of The Sith mark the final instalment of George Lucas’ Star Wars epic, it also signs off an extraordinary body of...

Bloch – Violin Sonatas

by Ben Hogwood

Ernest Bloch was always most comfortable when writing for stringed instruments, and none more so than the violin. His concerto of 1938 was written for...

Steve Reich – Three Tales

by Ben Hogwood

Three Tales is a collaboration between contemporary composer Steve Reich and his wife, the videographer Beryl Korot. Together they have produced a powerful, poignant and...

Sebastian Comberti, Maggie Cole – Mozartiana

by Ben Hogwood

Cello Classics is maturing into a very interesting label, not content to focus on the core repertoire but putting together excellent anthologies such as their...