Reviews Index

Grace Nikae @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Sara Miller

‘She’s exquisite!’ whispered my companion to me, as I sat there in awe, only able to nod mutely.We were talking about Grace Nikae, who kept…



Double Bill: Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and Erwartung


The first two decades of the twentieth century were a remarkable time for the development of opera.In reaction to the excesses of the Wagnerian and...

Fidelio – LSO/Davis @ Barbican Hall, London, 23


At the height of Act 1 of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, Don Pizarro’s prisoners are freed and they sing of the joy of being allowed...

London Chamber Orchestra/Christopher Warren-Green/Chlo


Prior to this concert, supermarket giant Waitrose kicked off the evening with a complimentary box of Belgian chocolates for every single member of the audience,...

English Chamber Orchestra/Emanuel Ax/Stephanie Gonley @ Cadogan Hall, London


In this year of Mozart’s 250th birthday, the composer’s piano concerti have been popping up in the concert programmes of every major orchestra, to varying...

Mendelssohn’s Elijah – London Orpheus Choir @ Cadogan Hall, London


Written for the UK’s very own Birmingham Festival, Mendelssohn’s Elijah is one of the most popular oratorios today. However, as with all performances of music,...

Midori @ Barbican Hall, London


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...

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...

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...

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...

‘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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...