Reviews Index


Genius of the Violin: Take a Bow!: LSO @ Barbican Hall, London


For the first-time concertgoer unfamiliar with the sound of a string orchestra, attending the LSO’s Genius of the Violin: ‘Take a Bow!’ Concert could have...

Beethoven – Missa Solemnis: LSO @ Barbican Hall, London, 19


Four years’ work went into the composition of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, and you can really tell it’s his most intricate piece, and one of the...

Beethoven – Mass in C; Mozart – ‘Posthorn’ Serenade: LSO @ Barb...


Verve, wit, excitement, joy: only a few of the many facets to this concert by the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis. Opening with...

Sibelius – Kullervo


When the LSO opened their 2005-6 season in September with Sibelius’ Kullervo symphony, I was startled by the composer’s sense of the dramatic, something I...

Sibelius – Kullervo Symphony: CD review


track listing1. Introduction2. Kullervo’s Youth3. Kullervo and his sister4. Kullervo goes to battle5. Kullervo’s death When the LSO opened their 2005-6 season in September with...

The Marriage of Figaro


‘For here they talk about nothing but Figaro.Nothing is played, sung or whistled but Figaro. No opera is drawing like Figaro. Nothing, nothing but Figaro.’So...

Macbeth


It would not be sensible to stage Verdis Macbeth too literally nowadays, and the power of Phyllida Lloyds production for the Royal Opera lies in...

Iolanthe, or The Peer and the Peri


Nothing much has changed in the world of politics. That is one strikingpoint brought home by watching Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe.Nashville Opera Artistic Director, John...

Wozzeck


When Keith Warner’s production of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck opened in 2002, it wowed the crowds and won every award in the book.Over three years down...

Mozart Birthday Weekend – Concert 3 @ St John’s, Smith Square, London


The London Mozart players really saved the best till last.The final concert in their Mozart Birthday Weekend, celebrating 250 years since the composer’s death, showed...

Mozart Birthday Weekend – Concert 2 @ St John’s, Smith Square, London


The second offering of the London Mozart Players’ Mozart Birthday Celebration weekend was a slightly mixed bag.The problem was in the programming which, despite being...

Mozart Birthday Weekend – Concert 1 @ St John’s Smith Square, London


It’s impossible not to give Mozart five stars on his birthday.Especially when it’s his two hundred and fiftieth.It’s lucky, therefore, that the London Mozart Players...

Mozart Birthday Weekend – Concert 1 @ St John’s, Smith Square, London


It’s impossible not to give Mozart five stars on his birthday. Especially when it’s his 250th.It’s lucky, therefore, that the London Mozart Players gave their...

Giselle


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...