Reviews Index

Orfeo (Monteverdi) @ Coliseum, London

by Helen Wright

First performed in 1607, Claudio Monteverdi’s masterpiece Orfeo wasn’t quite the first opera written – that honour goes to Peri’s Dafne – but it’s testament…



Haitink’s Beethoven: Symphony No 5, Symphony No 8 @ Barbican Hall, London


Can Haitink’s Beethoven get any better? This was the question on many lips during the interval at the fifth concert in the Amsterdam-born conductor’s complete...

LSO/Haitink – Beethoven: Symphony No 4, Emperor Concerto @ Barbican Hall, London


Bernard Haitink’s Beethoven cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra is already synonymous with music-making of the highest quality.During this fourth concert in the series, however,...

Handel’s Messiah @ Royal Albert Hall, London


Easter would hardly be Easter without a performance of Handel’s Messiah. And this rendition, given by the Royal Choral Society and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at...

Shostakovich: Symphony No 1, Symphony No 14: LSO/Gergiev @ Barbican Hall, London


Shostakovichs graduation work, his First Symphony in F minor Op. 10, was written when the composer was at the tender age of 20. The London...

Elgar: Serenade for Strings; Mozart: Piano Concerto 25; Brahms: Symphony No 1: LSO/Runn...


I owe all my readers and the LSO an apology for being late to this concert. Due to major delays on the tube, I had...

La Belle H


It’s a long time since I’ve been helpless with laughter at an opera house. I blame the sheep.Actually it happened more than once – and...

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To read our reviews of the Royal Opera’s 2007 run of The Ring, check here from 3 October Gtterdmmerung (Credit: Clive Barda)With Twilight of the...

Sir John In Love @ Coliseum, London


Vaughan Williams wrote the most glorious orchestral music but is less well known for his operatic work.Sir John In Love, based on Shakespeare’s Merry Wives...

La Voix Humaine and Send (Who Are You? I Love You) @ Houston, Texas


For her first foray into opera, Broadway soprano Audra McDonald takes on a world premire as part of an ambitious one-woman double bill.McDonald has won...

Rigoletto @ Coliseum, London


Jonathan Miller’s production of Verdi’s Rigoletto remains not only his best production of any opera I can remember him directing in London, but also one...

Mahler – Seventh Symphony @ Barbican Hall, London


Riccardo Chailly‘s was just such a performance, andwent some way to proving the Leipzig Gewandhaus are ontheir way back to recapturing past glories. Theperformance fizzed...

Attila


At the height of the first scene of Verdi’s ninth opera, Attila, a Roman general tries to strike a bargain with the notorious Hun: ‘You...

Andrea Bocelli – Amore : CD review


track listing1. Amapola2. Besame Mucho3. Kes Feuilles Mortes4. Mi Manchi5. Somos Novios (with Christina Aguilera)6. Solamente Una Vez7. Jurame (Feat. Mario Reyes)8. Pero Te Extrano9....

Steven Isserlis @ West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge


This was an exhilarating concert – even the five curtain calls at the end couldn’t do it justice.The early nineteenth-century Austrian composer Franz Schubert was,...

The Mikado @ Coliseum, London


Twenty years on, Jonathan Miller’s production of The Mikado remains witty and diverting.It’s without a doubt the greatest of the Savoy operas by W. S....

Eugene Onegin


Snow, rain, ice skaters, a lake – the Royal Opera’s new production of Tchaikovsky’s most familiar and enduring opera has it all.And in the two...

Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1; Mahler: Symphony No 5: LSO @ Barbican Hall, London


It was fascinating to hear Mahler’s Fifth Symphony the day after hearing Berg’s Wozzeck. Both composers dwelt in Vienna at the turn of the twentieth...


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...