Reviews Index

Giselle

by Dominic McHugh

I must admit to being a little sceptical about the prospect of yet another revival of Giselle.It’s not long since they last performed it, I…



LSO/Valery Gergiev @ Barbican Hall, London


According to one writer, the arrival of Valery Gergiev as Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra was “the orchestral coup of the century”.Perhaps this...

Florestan Trio @ Wigmore Hall, London


There is perhaps no greater atmosphere on London’s classical music scene than a packed house at the Wigmore Hall.Its central location, fabulous acoustics, and its...

La fille du r


With a well-known cast and production team, the Royal Opera’s new production of Donizetti’s La fille du rgiment – its first in forty years –...

Mozart, Devienne, Brahms @ Wigmore Hall, London


Gordan Nikolitch is one of the wonders of the classical world. On Thursday and Sunday he led the London Symphony Orchestra’s concerts at the Barbican...

Mozart – Piano Concerto No 20; Shostakovich – Symphony No 15: LSO @ Barbica...


Maria Joo Pires playing the piece in the second of her two concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra. Although her tone was creamy and her...

LSO/Colin Davis @ Barbican Hall, London


I half expected the London Symphony Orchestra to acknowledge Sir Colin Davis’ entrance tonight with a rendition of ‘Hail to the Chief’.For this was his...

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 27; Shostakovich: Symphony No 5: LSO @ Barbican Hall, London


Mozart was born 250 years ago this month, and it’s the centenary of Shostakovich‘s birth in September. Bernard Haitink joined the London Symphony Orchestra to...

The Bartered Bride


It’s a sure sign of disaster when the loudest cheer during an opera comes in response to a circus divertissement. Sadly, this was the case...

La traviata


It’s only a year since the Royal Opera revived Sir Richard Eyre’s atmospheric staging of Verdi’s La traviata. Why is it back so soon, especially...

Le nozze di Figaro


Opera doesn’t get much better than The Marriage of Figaro.The score is probably Mozart’s finest for the stage, full of comedy, romance, envy, joy and...

Valery Gergiev – Shostakovich: Symphonies 4-9


With the centenary of Shostakovich’s birth nearly upon us, Valery Gergiev will be the focus of the commemorations for many, the start of his Barbican...

Prom 72: Bruckner – Symphony No 8 @ Royal Albert Hall, London


Bruckner’s Eighth symphony is the biggest of all 19th century symphonies, and if any one orchestra could exercise a performing claim on it, that orchestra...

Prom 71: Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring; Berg; Haydn – Symphony No 103 @ R...


Any quibbles about this being yet another major orchestra to bring Stravinsky’s Rite Of Spring to the Proms were thrown emphatically out of court at...

Prom 68: Tchaikovsky – Symphony No 4; Rawsthorne – Piano Concerto No 2; Bri...


Rumon Gamba has made his name more recently as a prolific conductor of film scores by British classical composers, and on that basis the drama...

Prom 65: Brahms – Symphony No 1; Lutoslawski – Concerto for Orchestra @ Roy...


Considering the Concertgebouw rank as one of theworld’s top orchestras it was disappointing to see anumber of empty seats in the Albert Hall to greettheir...

Prom 60: Mahler – Symphony No 3 @ Royal Albert Hall, London


Phew. A hot Royal Albert Hall is not the place to be on such a clammy night, still less if the music programmed is a...

Prom 58: Verdi – Requiem @ Royal Albert Hall, London


This performance of Verdi’s Requiem by the BBC Symphony Chorus and the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus satisfied in places but missed the mark in...

Prom 54: Gorecki – Symphony No 3 @ Royal Albert Hall, London


Henryk Gorecki’s third symphony has enjoyed an extraordinary popularity over the last decade or so, with a pioneering recording from Dawn Upshaw that has made...

Prom 53: Walton – Symphony No 1; Ravel – Sheherezade, Rapsodie Espagnole @ ...


A most endearing feature of the Proms is the encouragement of youth orchestras, and tonight it was the turn of the European Community ensemble to...

Prom 51: Shostakovich – Symphony No 8; Ravel – Piano Concerto, Alborada del...


Most definitely a programme of two halves – the relatively sunny disposition of Ravel in the first, the uncertainty and aggression of wartime Shostakovich in...