Reviews Index

Il re pastore @ Barbican Hall, London

by Agnes Kory

By the time the 19-year-old Mozart composed his opera Il re pastore, he was clearly aware of the nuts and bolts of opera composing.This was…



Don Giovanni @ Barbican Hall, London


On 27 June the Barbican’s stage made way for the heartthrob of opera, Don Giovanni. The performance was part of the Mostly Mozart festival sponsored...

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


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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Le nozze di Figaro


Tanya McCallin and in particular to the warm but unfussy conducting of Sir Colin Davis.The man’s a miracle: at almost 80 years of age, he...

Tosca


Puccini had composed four operas before taking his pen to Tosca, following the completion of La bohme which had been popularly but not always critically,...