Reviews Index

Winterreise: Philip Langridge and David Owen Norris @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Agnes Kory

The Winterreise (Winter Journey) is no easy entertainment.Wilhelm Mullers twenty poems take us on a journey (either real or psychological) with a very unhappy, lonely…



Alfred Brendel @ Barbican Hall, London


In this modern age of technical perfection, where students are expected to master their Czerny and Chopin and Ligeti etudes, one could be very much...

LSO/Kreizberg @ Barbican Hall, London


Sadly the first half of this concert, consisting of Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto, was deeply disappointing.Pianist Stephen Hough is well known, experienced and, judging by...

Mozart in London: Gabrieli Consort/Paul McCreesh @ Barbican Hall, London


I really admire the Barbican for making such an effort to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth.A stellar line-up of period orchestras is joining...

Bartók the pianist, Bartók’s piano music @ Wigmore Hall, London


No doubt, Wigmore Hall’s Bartók Festival aimed to introduce London audiences to a cross-section of Bartók’s piano music as well as to his relationship to...

Karita Mattila @ Barbican Hall, London


The Finnish soprano Karita Mattila has been a favourite in this country ever since she was crowned the first Cardiff Singer of the World back...

Rotterdam Philharmonic/Valery Gergiev @ Barbican Hall, London


Judging by the sold out Barbican Hall and the long queue for return tickets, this concert was eagerly awaited.In the event, the anticipation was well...

Die Fledermaus


After stunning classical and popular music concerts at both Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London last year, Glyndebourne Festival Opera brought their touring...

Belcea Quartet @ Wigmore Hall, London


Without doubt, the Belcea Quartet’s delivery of Bartk’s six string quartets was the highlight of the Wigmore Hall’s Bartk Festival.The performances also provided the framework...

The Makropulos Case @ Coliseum, London


Sir Charles Mackerras has long been a champion of Leo Janček’s operas and indeed was responsible for the UK premiere of The Makropulos Case at...

Mozart in Paris: Les Arts Florissants @ Barbican Hall, London


After a lacklustre start on Tuesday with Mozart’s Ascanio in Alba, the Barbican’s Mostly Mozart Festival was back on form tonight with a programme of...

Bart


Today, Professor Malcolm Gillies worked with students of the Guildhall School of Music and The Royal College of Music in a master class exploring aspects...

Inon Barnatan @ Wigmore Hall, London


The Wigmore Hall seems to be doing well with young pianists this season.First it was Grace Nikae, who dazzled with her brilliant flair – and...

Leonidas Kavakos @ Wigmore Hall, London


Violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Dnes Vrjon took to the Wigmore Hall’s stage tonight, to present a programme ranging from Beethoven to Bartk as part...

Ascanio in Alba


Until I sat through the two and three quarter hours of Ascanio in Alba, I fondly imagined myself to love every single note that Mozart...

Bartók Study Events @ Wigmore Hall, London


Saturday 3 June saw the first in a series of talks about Bartók, as part of a festival which is being put on by the...

Belcea Quartet @ Wigmore Hall, London


A full house welcomed the Belcea Quartet tonight as they opened a series of Bartk concerts.They performed the first three of his string quartets (the...

Ariodante


In his famous book Opera and Drama, the critic and musicologist Joseph Kerman wrote that Handel’s operas could never get away from sounding enervated.Without doubt...

Cos


Cos fan tutte‘s original title La Scuola digli Amanti (A School for Lovers) coincides nicely with director Nicholas Hytner‘s Tony award-winning production The History Boys...

Tosca


For over forty years, the Royal Opera clung to Franco Zeffirelli’s legendary production of Puccini’s Tosca like a leech.It served such great figures as Placido...

Fedora


One of the cornerstones of every Opera Holland Park season is a selection from the verismo era, that period at the end of the nineteenth...