Reviews Index

Zaide @ Barbican Hall, London

by Dominic McHugh

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...

Il re pastore @ Barbican Hall, London


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...