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Stile Antico

Stile Antico @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Valentine’s Day at the Wigmore Hall was never going to be an affair of chocolates, flowers and overwrought romanticism, and Stile Antico’s presentation of Renaissance…



The Dream of Gerontius @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London


The Queen Elizabeth Hall was a slightly unusual choice of venue for Crouch End Festival Chorus’s performance of Elgar’s Gerontius, and the onstage personnel (120-strong...

Katya Kabanova @ Royal Opera House, London


This production of Katya Kabanova is the second in the Royal Opera House’s long-awaited Janáček cycle, which began with From the House of the Dead...

The Swingles @ LSO St Luke’s, London


The original Swingles group was formed in Paris in 1962; with a move to London in the early 70s and a few variations on their...

Le Concert Spirituel / Niquet @ Barbican Hall, London


A year following the Bourbon Restoration of 1814, Louis XVIII had the remains of his executed relatives (Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette) re-interred in the crypt...

Alcina @ St John’s, Smith Square, London


Although the majority of events in the 2019 London Handel Festival do not begin until late March, the strong musical credentials that underlay La Nuova...

Ibragimova / Tiberghien @ Wigmore Hall, London


This concert from violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Cédric Tiberghien provided everything that one might expect from this outstanding long-term partnership, and perhaps a little...

Winterreise: Gerhaher / Huber @ Wigmore Hall, London


A German interviewer once asked the Austrian baritone Florian Boesch, how Wigmore Hall audiences respond to recitals, given that they are English and Lieder is...

The Queen of Spades @ Royal Opera House, London


What’s Opera, Doc?  For Stefan Herheim, it’s clearly not a comfortable evening’s entertainment – this first London showing of Herheim’s brilliant 2016 production for Dutch...

LSO / Rattle @ Barbican Hall, London


The inclusion of the celeste in the title of Bartók’s Music for strings, percussion and celeste always seems odd, as it has little prominence (indeed,...

OAE / Curnyn @ Kings Place, London


Kings Place’s Venus Unwrapped season (celebrating music written by women across the centuries) opened on Thursday evening with a sparkling presentation of works by the...

Drink in his Music with Delight @ Savile Club, London


Michael Chance, Director of The Grange Festival in Hampshire, devised this performance in the hope that it would encourage the pulses of those privileged to...

Kolesnikov / Buksha / Hermès Quartet @ Wigmore Hall, London


Given that the orchestration of Chopin’s F-minor Piano Concerto was a team effort, there is probably no musical heresy involved in the performance of the...

The King’s Consort / Davies / Hall @ Wigmore Hall, London


The first concert of 2019 for many of us, this performance of music by Purcell, Blow, Pelham Humfrey and William Williams, directed by Robert King,...

Christmas Festival @ St John’s Smith Square, London


In contrast to the rather more glitzy seasonal concerts on offer in London, the Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square, now in its 33rd...

Padmore / Lepper @ Wigmore Hall, London


It’s unusual for the first and last songs of a recital to show the singer at his best, but so it was at this thoughtfully...

L’Enfance du Christ @ Barbican Hall, London


Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ is a bit of a divider. It’s certainly quite different from the composer’s other large works; there’s little of the grotesque...

Mahan Esfahani @ Wigmore Hall, London


Mahan Esfahani is currently in the midst of a planned sixteen-strong series, in which he will perform every piece that J. S. Bach wrote for...

John Wilson Orchestra @ Royal Festival Hall, London


There’s nothing like a medley of music from the movies to get you into the Christmas spirit, and The John Wilson Orchestra (led by John...

Hansel and Gretel @ Royal Opera House, London


With this production of Hansel and Gretel, The Royal Opera has decided to go for Gemütlichkeit rather than Grimm, so as not to scare the...

Candide @ Barbican Hall, London


It hardly seems a year since the London Symphony Orchestra, then under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, was commencing its celebrations of the centenary...