Reviews Index

Prom 5: Michael Collins – London Winds @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Sara Miller

The first late night prom was an interesting tribute to Mozart. It included two twentieth century pieces inspired by the composer and concluded with a…



Prom 4: Hallé Orchestra – Mark Elder @ Royal Albert Hall, London


When Sibelius’ first symphony received its Proms premiere in 1903 underSir Henry Wood, Debussy was well underway on his own symphonic masterpieceLa Mer. Just over...

Prom 3: Wagner – Siegfried @ Royal Albert Hall, London


After Simon Rattle’s fresh period-instrument account of Das Rheingold in 2004 and last year’s starry Die Walküre, it was back to a solid and conventional...

Prom 2: Mozart the Dramatist – Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Sir Roger Norrington @ ...


After a drab start to the Proms last night, Sir Roger Norrington galvanised the festival into the kind of gear it should be in, 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,...

Prom 1: First Night of the Proms – BBC Symphony Orchestra/Jir


To open the world’s biggest classical music festival, the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s new Chief Conductor, the Czech Jir Belohlávek, combined music that celebrated the year’s...

Love Counts


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...

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...

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 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...