Reviews Index

Bliss

by Keith McDonnell

After a gestation period of almost a decade, Brett Dean’s new opera Bliss finally received its world premiere in Sydney.The first night audience gave the…



London Symphony Orchestra/John Adams @ @ Barbican Hall, London


A palpable air of expectation hung over the Barbican Hall at the start of this concert of twentieth and twenty-first century music.The sizeable mid-week audience...

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Maazel @ Barbican Hall, London


Given the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s unsurpassed reputation in the core Austro-Germanic repertory, it would be easy to assume that it performs music from other musical...

Tamerlano


How do you solve a problem like Tamerlano? Clearly the high-camp humour that has served so many other Handel hits in recent years would be...

The Cunning Little Vixen


Sir Charles Mackerras returns to Covent Garden to conduct The Cunning Little Vixen for the first time with the Royal Opera.His wealth of experience of...

Katya Kabanova @ Coliseum, London: 17


American soprano Patricia Racette makes her UK stage debut with a sensational assumption of the title role in David Aldens new production of Katya Kabanova.Strongly...

Matthias Goerne @ Wigmore Hall, London


Matthias Goerne is now well into his exploration of Schubert’s songs, both on his Harmonia Mundi recording and his Wigmore Hall series.This concert, dedicated to...

David Daniels @ Wigmore Hall, London


The Wigmore Hall’s series focusing on The Art of the Countertenor culminated with this superb recital by the singer whom many regard as the best...

LPO/Jurowski @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Vladimir Jurowski conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a blazing account of Josef Suk’s Asrael Symphony,demonstrating why this symphony is coming into its own, over...

Philharmonia/Masur @ Royal Festival Hall, London


A conductor for 60 years, Kurt Masur spent most of his career in the former East Germany, forging an international career only after the collapse...

LSO/Gergiev @ Barbican Hall, London


Valery Gergiev was on exceptionally strong form, with a diverse programme of works by Ravel, Ligeti, Dutilleux and Stravinsky. If anything linked the four pieces...

Robin Blaze @ Wigmore Hall, London


This Wigmore Hall concert was billed as Bach’s Cantatas for Counter-Tenor, with the celebrated early music interpreter Robin Blaze performing the solo role.In reality, however,...

LPO/N


Expectations ran high for this evening of French masterpieces conducted by the LPO’s prodigiously talented principal guest conductor Yannick Nzet-Sguin.The concert not only met those...

LSO/Gardiner @ Barbican Hall, London


The LSO’s Beethoven symphony cycle with Sir John Eliot Gardiner has unfolded leisurely over a three year period.Having been enthusiastic in my praise for his...

NYP/Gilbert @ Barbican Hall, London


There was a rather restrained air surrounding the New York Philharmonic’s second concert on its first visit to the Barbican with its new conductor, Alan...

NYP/Gilbert @ Barbican Hall, London


In September 2009, Alan Gilbert became Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, the first native New Yorker to hold the post.At 42, he is...

The Elixir of Love @ Coliseum, London: 12


Watching Jonathan Miller’s new (to the ENO) production of The Elixir of Love, one of two Donizetti operas in its current season, I was reminded...

Lucia di Lammermoor @ Coliseum, London: 4


David Alden’s acclaimed staging of Lucia di Lammermoor returns to the Coliseum for its first revival, retaining many of the original members of the cast.However...

The Gambler


The Royal Opera have finally staged Prokofiev’s The Gambler, but despite throwing a huge amount of talent at it, the evening fails to live up...

Satyagraha


Philip Glass’s Satyagraha was written partly in response to his own Einstein on the Beach and forms the middle part of a trilogy of operas...

Satyagraha


Philip Glass’s Satyagraha was written partly in response to his own Einstein on the Beach and forms the middle part of a trilogy of operas...