Reviews Index

LSO/Colin Davis @ Barbican Hall, London

by Simon Thomas

The second concert in the LSO’s new season at the Barbican saw Colin Davis conduct a programme of three works, all by composers he’s closely…



Razumovsky Ensemble @ Wigmore Hall, London


The chamber music of Schubert and Mendelssohn is among the finest in the repertoire. With ‘cellist Oleg Kogan and friends on hand to perform two...

LSO/Sir Colin Davis @ Barbican Hall, London


This concert was a mixture of beginnings and ends: it was both the first concert of the London Symphony Orchestra’s 2006-7 season, and Colin Davis’...

The Jewel Box


Bampton Classical Opera deserves huge praise for putting on this new Mozart opera during the much-publicised 250th anniversary year of Mozarts birth.Indeed, I would be...

Vienna Philharmonic/Gergiev @ Barbican Hall, London


The Vienna Philharmonic is very highly regarded, indeed its prestige might be second to none. I was looking forward to a concert of perfection, but...

Prom 73: Last Night of the Proms @ Royal Albert Hall, London


After standing through 70-odd concerts, the Promenaders deserve a party. If Mark Elder managed one thing on Saturday, it was to maintain the atmosphere of...

Prom 72: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Sir Charles Mackerras @ Royal Al...


Barring the Last Night, Prom 72 is the culmination of this year’s season. There is hardly a more appropriate way to end than with Mozart,...

Prom 70: BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Bernard Haitink: Mahler @ Royal Albert Hall, London


With the imminent end of the 2006 Proms season and the apparent resurrection of Summer, Bernard Haitink conducted a stately and at times sombre performance...

The Assassin Tree


The Assassin Tree is a new commission with music by Stuart MacRae and libretto by Simon Armitage.All boded well for its premiere in Edinburgh last...

Prom 67: Philadelphia Orchestra – Christoph Eschenbach @ Royal Albert Hall, London


Against the odds, notably baggage restrictions and an unexpected fire inthe artists’ bar, Christoph Eschenbach led the PhiladelphiaOrchestra in the second of their scheduled Proms,...

Prom 68: Camerata Salzburg – Leonidas Kavakos @ Royal Albert Hall, London


Of all the Mozart celebrations this year, the arrival of the Camerata Salzburg at the Proms was one of the most eagerly-awaited. It was also...

House of the Gods


On Tuesday evening, this opera promised so much but delivered so little. Perhaps the mysterious qualities of the score were swamped by the looming black...

Prom Saturday Matinee 4: Orchestra of St John’s – Lubbock/Wallfisch: Mozart...


Mozart’s incidental music for Thamos, King of Egypt was a revelation in the BBC Proms fourth and final Saturday Matinee at Cadogan Hall. This little-known...

Prom 65: Berlin Philharmonic – Simon Rattle @ Royal Albert Hall, London


Simon Rattle’s second concert with the Berlin Philharmonic ended with the players shaking hands before they left the stage, as is often the custom in...

Prom 64: Berlin Philharmonic – Sir Simon Rattle @ Royal Albert Hall, London


It’s taken 64 concerts to get there, but at last the Proms was host to a Mozart performance of which they can be proud. Sir...

Faust


It seems appropriate that the Royal Opera should start its French-themed season with Gounod’s Faust, perhaps the grandest of all grand operas.Over the coming months...

La finta giardiniera


The 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birthday has reaped far too many duds so far notably the Barbican’s concert performances of Il re pastore, Zaide and...

La Juive


We’re only five days into it, but already the Royal Opera’s French-themed 2006-7 season has justified itself.The first of two concert performances of Fromental Halvy’s...

Lloyds TSB Scotland Concert: Philharmonia/Mackerras, Llyr Williams, BBCSO/Jir


In the last of the three-in-one concerts this year at the Edinburgh Festival, we heard Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.Normally this would be an event on its...

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk


Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk is not only one a highlight of Russian opera, but one of the greatest pieces of theatre ever written. It...

Die Zauberfl


Claudio Abbado‘s recording of The Magic Flute has been one of the most astonishing CD releases of 2006.Rarely has the great German Singspiel seemed so...