Reviews Index

Dame Felicity Lott @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

by Simon Thomas

As part of the “Song on the South Bank” series, Dame Felicity Lott was joined at the Queen Elizabeth Hall by the Nash Ensemble in…



OAE/Simon Rattle @ Barbican Hall, London


Even on paper this was a must-see combination. First for Steven Isserlis, his interest in period performance now extended from beginnings on disc in Boccherini...

London Symphony Orchestra @ Barbican Hall, London


If you can say one thing about Valery Gergiev’s Barbican season of Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Debussy, it has prompted artistic debate. Debate over the programming,...

Angela Gheorghiu @ Barbican Hall, London


Angela Gheorghiu’s appearance at the Barbican on Tuesday evening was certainly an event. Popular arias, orchestral showpieces, glamorous costume changes, tumultuous applause at every possible...

Guildhall School Gold Medal @ Barbican Hall, London


The Guildhall School’s Gold Medal competition has unearthed some exceptional talent over the years, and it drew quite a crowd to the Barbican on Thursday...

Pell


Only the superb musical direction under Sir Simon Rattle prevents the Royal Opera’s new production of Debussy’s Pellas and Mlisande from being an unmitigated disaster.First...

Fidelio


The Royal Opera’s new production of Fidelio, borrowed from New York’s Metropolitan Opera, is dominated by a strong and nuanced performance by Karita Mattila as...

Death in Venice @ Coliseum, London


English National Opera’s new staging of Death in Venice is a triumph. With productions like this in the repertoire, they really can count themselves as...

London Soloists @ Cadogan Hall, London


There was something highly moving about the performance of Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony at the Cadogan Hall on Friday evening. The London Soloists Chamber Orchestra was...

London Mozart Players @ Cadogan Hall, London


The overture came second and the concerto first in this concert from the London Mozart Players. For me, such a thing is foolhardy – there...

Razumovsky Ensemble @ Wigmore Hall, London


In our food-loving modern society, there are few limitations in the quest for ever-more exotic recipes, combinations of sometimes disparate ingredients that result in unique...

Chamber Orchestra of Europe @ Barbican, London


Even when a Thomas Ads composition does not convince, it is hard to miss the imagination present. Three Studies after Couperin, here given its UK...

Giulio Cesare in Egitto @ Barbican Hall


What defines a “concert performance” of an opera? A row of singers arranged in front of the orchestra with their noses buried in the score?...

Steven Isserlis/D


In March 2006 I had the pleasure of hearing Steven Isserlis participate in a glorious performance of chamber music by Schubert at the West Road...

King’s Consort @ Wigmore Hall, London


Reverence may be required in a concert entitled Stabat Mater, but Wednesday evening at the Wigmore Hall suffered from an overdose. Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga’s...

Madam Butterfly


This was the penultimate performance of the last of three different productions of Madama Butterfly that have done the rounds so far this season, and...

Serate Musicali @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London


Rossini’s vocal and instrumental miniatures are often condensed and pithy little masterpieces. Tuneful and emotionally pleasing they may be, but there is real compositional merit...

London Philharmonic Orchestra @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London


Anyone who still foolishly believes that women can’t conduct should go and see Marin Alsop. She may still be one of a small minority but,...

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Ad


Traced Overhead, The Barbican’s Festival devoted to the music of Thomas Ads, continues to challenge and enthral the listener. Very few composers in their mid-30s...

National Youth Orchestra @ Barbican, London


At the Barbican on Wednesday evening, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain worked on the assumption that bigger is better. Not in terms of...

Collegium Vocale Gent @ Barbican, London


The St John Passion, performed as it was here without an interval, is a long slog by anyone’s estimation. No, conductor Philippe Herreweghe could not...