Reviews Index

Midori @ Barbican Hall, London

by Yangen Xu

There are times when one’s linguistic abilities are completely inadequate to describe one’s feelings after hearing a perfect concert.Midori’s recital at the Barbican Hall was…



Mozart: Requiem – Thames Philharmonic Choir @ Cadogan Hall, London


There are few things in this world as enjoyable as an evening of Mozart’s sacred music. Under the baton of recent 70 year old birthday...

Hall


This concert with the Hall Orchestra under their Music Director, Mark Elder, was quite simply the most technically consistent and enthusiastically played programme I have...

BBCSO/Jukka-Pekka Saraste @ Barbican Hall, London


As this concert confirmed, the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s self-proclaimed commitment to 20th and 21st Century music is extraordinarily strong.The UK premiere of Salonen’s Wing on...

LSO/Temirkanov @ Barbican Hall, London


In his second concert with the London Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov juxtaposed two youthful works by Mahler and Prokofiev. And the talented Paul Watkins made...

‘A Touch of Venus’ – Yvonne Kenny/Iain Burnside @ Wigmore Hall, London


Last Sunday afternoon, the soprano Yvonne Kenny and her accompanist Iain Burnside transformed the Wigmore Hall into a small haven for the gods. They presented...

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After the high spirits of last week’s Beethoven cycle with Bernard Haitink, the London Symphony Orchestra under Russian maestro Yuri Temirkanov had a lot to...

La rondine


Despite being a product of his maturity – it was written years after his most popular three operas – Puccini’s La rondine (The Swallow) continues...

Verdi: La traviata – Amsellem/Bruson/Madrid/Cobos (Opus Arte) : DVD review


track listingDVD 1. Acts 1 + 2DVD 2. Act 3 + interviewsThere are a fair few DVDs of La traviata around, but this new release...

The Marriage of Figaro


The second offering in Opera North’s varied summer season is that epitome of operatic finesse, Mozart’s Figaro.Although not quite matching the musical or scenic standards...

Cyrano de Bergerac


After his triumph in last year’s performances of Wagner’s Die Walkre, the King of Opera is back in London and this time he’s sporting a...

Don Giovanni


This was a very big night for Scottish Opera.For over a year the company has been dark and extremely quiet, presenting no staged productions in...

Haitink’s Beethoven: Symphony No 9 ‘Choral’ – LSO @ Barbican Ha...


It takes a really great orchestra to play Beethoven’s first and last symphonies with equal conviction in the same programme.Under Bernard Haitink, the London Symphony...

Tom Poster – Beethoven Sonatas No. 30 and No 32 @ Barbican Hall, London


The London Symphony Orchestra has innovatively combined with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to present all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas as free...

Orfeo (Monteverdi) @ Coliseum, London


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...