Reviews Index

The Swingles / The King’s Singers @ Kings Place, London

by Barry Creasy

January usually sees the arrival of the London A Cappella Festival, but the organisers have decided to let 2020 lie fallow. As compensation, though, the…



La Nuova Musica / Bates @ Wigmore Hall, London


Although there were some charming musical highlights to La Nuova Musica’s A French Affair on Thursday evening, the concert seemed to suffer from a lack...

La Traviata @ Teatro La Fenice, Venice


Robert Carsen’s production of La Traviata was the first staged work at the ‘new’ Fenice in 2004 and, although some of the concepts now look...

Sound Across a Century @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London


Two concerts from the London Sinfonietta chart ‘the sound across a century’. This first, led by Thierry Fischer, explores one tendril of the twentieth-century avant-garde:...

Bach and the Divine: Solo Cantatas @ Milton Court, London


  The baritone Benjamin Appl made his name singing Schubert Lieder, but his proficiency with works of an earlier era was demonstrated in his 2018...

Gerhaher / Huber @ Wigmore Hall, London


No one who heard Christian Gerhaher sing ‘Oh du mein holder Abendstern’ in Tannhäuser at the Royal Opera House in 2010 and 2016 will ever...

Sukanya @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Shankar 100 is a year long series taking place at the Southbank Centre commemorating the centenary of the birth of Ravi Shankar. He may be...

Prisoner of the State @ Barbican Hall, London


David Lang’s Prisoner of the State is a modern day take on Fidelio, and it achieves the right balance between creating a work that speaks...

Keenlyside / Martineau @ Wigmore Hall, London


In this programme of song from French, British and German composers, one might have picked holes in minor elements, but overall the combination of baritone...

A Winter Birthday @ Wigmore Hall, London


Musical Christmas miscellanies can be a bit hit or miss, but Graham Johnson’s Songmakers’ Almanac’s A Winter Birthday on Saturday was everything you’d want it...

A Georgian Christmas: Eboracum Baroque @ York Mansion House, York


It’s not easy to be original in baroque music in the 21st century: the composers would appear to have been discovered, the performers seem to...

LSO / Pappano @ Barbican Hall, London


What better way to take your mind off the political skulduggery of the day than a concert devoted to three of this country’s finest composers...

The Tallis Scholars @ St John’s Smith Square, London


The Tallis Scholars’ Reflections formed their contribution to the St John’s Christmas Festival this year, and the group, under its founder-director, Peter Phillips, chose to...

Fretwork’s An Elizabethan Christmas @ Wigmore Hall, London


It may be difficult for us to imagine a Christmas when ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ and ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ did not take...

Jakub Józef Orliński @ Wigmore Hall, London


When the English diarist John Evelyn visited the Teatro Novissimo in Venice in 1645 he recorded his impressions of the opera he saw there, Ercole...

L’Arpeggiata @ Wigmore Hall, London


Far la Ninna Nanna, the title of L’Arpeggiata’s Christmas themed concert is an Italian phrase meaning ‘to sing a lullaby’, and lullabies there were aplenty,...

Otello @ Royal Opera House, London


Who is Othello? Is he a towering commander whose strength is suddenly taken from him by the machinations of a lesser man with a quicker...

The Cardinall’s Musick / Carwood @ St John’s Smith Square, London


For their contribution to the St John’s Christmas Festival, the a-cappella ensemble The Cardinall’s Musick presented ‘Vigilia di Natale’, a programme featuring sacred music of...

La belle Hélène @ Bloomsbury Theatre, London


Like Orphée aux enfers, written six years earlier, Offenbach’s La belle Hélène of 1764 is a parody of an ancient myth. Both employ Ludovic Halévy...

Peter Grimes @ Royal Festival Hall, London


One of the undoubtedly great productions during Edward Gardner’s tenure as Music Director of English National Opera was David Alden’s Peter Grimes. Gardner conducted the...

Seraphin Project / Lisney @ St John’s Smith Square, London


The Seraphin Project was set up under the aegis of King’s College Cambridge to foster musical collaboration across the generations, and to mix student musicians...