Reviews Index

Love Counts

by Ben Hogwood

A brave move, pitching an opera’s opening nightagainst the first night of the Proms, but the UKpremiere of the second staged collaboration betweenMichael Nyman and…



English Chamber Orchestra/Roy Goodman/Hilary Hahn @ Barbican Hall, London


Is it just me, or is there a Nationalist agenda here?Why, in a ‘Mostly Mozart’ concert, did the programme feature only one work by Mozart,...

Don Pasquale


Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at the Royal Opera House is delightful entertainment of a high quality.I enjoyed the evening, so my reservations should not discourage anybody...

King Arthur @ Coliseum, London


Is it coincidence that ENO’s first-ever production of King Arthur, a joyous (if heavily rose-tinted) celebration of Britain, opens during the World Cup? Director and...

Philharmonia Orchestra/András Schiff @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London


There is certainly no shortage of anniversaries and their celebrations. The classical music year 2006 is dominated by Mozart (born 250 years ago) and, to...

Nixon In China @ Coliseum, London


John Adams’ extraordinary opera, conceived by the Director and long-term collaborator Peter Sellars, is revived at the Coliseum – miss it at your peril.This work...

Zaide @ Barbican Hall, London


Ever controversial, radical American director Peter Sellars opened this performance with a half-hour talk on slavery in the 21st century, with help from representatives from...

The Sound of Colour: Kandinsky and Schoenberg 1911 -1912 @ Almeida Theatre, London


This concert formed part of Tate Modern’s current Kandinsky exhibition and justifiably so.After hearing Schnberg’s Second String Quartet (1907 – 08), Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky...

James Lisney @ Wigmore Hall, London


It was the twentieth anniversary of James Lisney’s Wigmore Hall debut on July 4, and he marked it by a triumphant tribute to his great,...

Primavera Chamber Ensemble @ Wigmore Hall, London


The Primavera Chamber Ensemble and Massimo Mercelli are world-renowned and in this concert they graced the stage of the Wigmore Hall.The programme was varied and...

The Fiery Angel


Much has been made of the supposed rivalry between the Kirov and Bolshoitheatres, with both visiting London at the same time for short seasons ofopera...

Katerina Izmaylova


Shostakovich’s Katerina Izmaylova (composed in 1963) is usually described as the revised version of the composer’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (completed in 1932).However, perhaps it...

The Nose


The Opera Group’s production of Shostakovich’s The Nose at the Linbury Studio, Covent Garden is a worthy alternative to the big Russian companies currently taking...

Boris Godunov


The Bolshoi Opera’s production of Boris Godunov, in place since 1948, is a luxurious feast for the ears and eyes but it is less satisfactory...

Royal String Quartet/C


Whilst most of the UK was watching England’s defeat in the football on Saturday, the Wigmore Hall was presenting an evening dedicated to Mozart’s victory...

The Nose


Of all Shostakovich’s compositions, The Nose is surely the closest he came to committing outright musical rebellion.In choosing to adapt NikolayGogol’s tale for the stage...

Wagner: Die Walk


track listingCD1. Act 1CD2. Act 2 (part 1)CD3. Act 2 (part 2)CD4. Act 3This new Die Walkre marks the beginning of the first complete recording...

Cos


Holland Park is the ideal setting for Cos fan tutte in many ways.As the light of a summer’s evening fades to dark, so too the...

Turandot


Andrei Serban‘s production of Puccini’s Turandot is one of the jewels of the Royal Opera’s repertoire.Twenty-two years after it was first given at the Los...

The Merry Widow


On a sweltering summer day, in a venue full of children and crowing peacocks, Holland Park seemed an unlikely place to watch the events at...

Mazepa


Completed in 1883, Mazepa dramatizes the life of the ruthless and charismatic 17th-century Cossack commander Mazepa. He attempted to liberate Ukraine from Tsar Peter the...