Reviews Index

Prom 46: CBSO/Oramo – The Apostles @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Dave Paxton

In robbing the singers of much volume, the Albert Hall’s mischievous acoustic robbed Saturday evening’s Prom of immediacy. Which is not ideal, since The Apostles…



Evelyn Glennie @ Usher Hall, Edinburgh


Scotland may be a shadow of its former nicotine-stained self, but as the audience took their seats at the Usher Hall it was difficult to...

Prom 45: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oliver Knussen, Leila Josefowicz – Schoenberg, Kn...


Something of a change for the ubiquitous Rite of Spring at the Proms this year, as rather than act as a visiting orchestra showpiece the...

Prom 42: Dominante, Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänska, Helena Juntunen, Lilli Paasi...


Nicholas Kenyon took the risk of putting all his eggs in one basket as the Proms marked the 15th anniversary of the death of Jean...

Chamber Orchestra of Europe @ Usher Hall, Edinburgh


Thomas Ads conducts as he composes, shaping swirling circles of sound and relishing the interplay of individual lines. But his appearance in Edinburgh with the...

Orlando Furioso


For all the performances of, recordings of and writings on Vivaldi’s operas (he claimed to have composed 94), few of them hold a place in...

Good Thing Going @ Cadogan Hall, London


Since Side by Side by Sondheim first hit the West End in the mid ’70s, there have been countless compilation shows drawn from the American...

L’Orfeo / Jane Irwin


Saturday evening’s production of Orfeo at the gorgeous Edinburgh Festival Theatre was not perfect, but it had three things going for it. The orchestra (Le...

Candide


The Edinburgh Festival turns 60 this year – happy birthday – and an exuberant concert staging of Bernstein’s Candide kicked the new season into life....

Prom 37: Nitin Sawhney And Friends @ Royal Albert Hall, London


At the inaugural BBC Electric Proms in 2006, multi-instrumentalist composer Nitin Sawhney played a lengthy studio set at London’s Roundhouse that featured guest vocalists Natacha...

Prom 36: BBC National Orchestra of Wales/David Atherton, Laurence Power – Puw, Wa...


Another evening based on the theme of ‘Proms firsts’ yielded an attractive programme – one work nearly eighty years hence, another from soon after the...

Prom 32: BBC Phil/Noseda @ Cadogan Hall and Royal Albert Hall, London


Renée Fleming is a bona fide diva and, true to the nature of the type, she has the capacity to either thrill or disappoint. Her...

Prom 31: RPO/Rozhdestvensky – Brahms, Elgar, Strauss @ Royal Albert Hall, London


The Enigma Variations is a favourite with the Proms audience – unsurprisingly, the Albert Hall was sold out on Sunday evening. The programme paired Elgar’s...

Prom 29: NYO/Elder – Kernis, Prokofiev, Shostakovich @ Royal Albert Hall, London


How do you make Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony seem less rhetorical and overdone? The National Youth Orchestra may have found the solution – simply put it...

Prom 28: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Bychkov, Kari Kriikku – Lindberg and Rachmaninov ...


It was gratifying to see a full Royal Albert Hall for Semyon Bychkov‘s guest appearance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra – more so as the...

Prom 40: FRSO/Järvi – Brahms/Schoenberg, Mahler and Weber


An interesting and logical programme marked the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra’s debut Proms appearance yet unfortunately found fewer advocates at the ticket office, as they...

The Turing Test


With no new operas being presented at the Edinburgh International Festival this year, eager opera-goers were left to the Fringe and Julian Wagstaff‘s The Turing...

Prom 24: BBCSSO/Volkov – Sibelius, Britten, Varése, Debussy @ Royal Albert H...


Another day, another Prom, and yet more rows upon rows of empty seats in the Royal Albert Hall. It is dispiriting to see attendances so...

Prom 23: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen – Ravel, Salonen, Berlioz @ Roy...


French delicacy mingled with Finnish modernity in the BBCSO’s latest Prom, with that fine conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen at the helm. This was an opportunity for...

Kronos Quartet @ Barbican Hall, London


The Kronos Quartet are not your average string quartet, as becomes immediately obvious when they wander on stage in untucked t-shirts and shirts and leather...

Prom 19: Hallé/Elder – Strauss, Britten, Nielsen @ Royal Albert Hall, London


This superb concert from Mark Elder and the Hallé orchestra proved yet another memorable addition to the 2007 Proms season. It attracted a pitifully small...