Reviews Index

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

by Dave Paxton

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…



The Magic Flute


The Barbicans staging of The Magic Flute never quite cracked Mozarts valedictory masterpiece. In particular, I found Thomas Guthries purportedly comic treatment of a Barbican...

Prom 16: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Alsop – Copland, Barber and Beethoven @ R...


Marin Alsop is established as an American music specialist, so this program, her last Prom as principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, suited her...

Prom 17: Collegium Musicum 90/Hickox – Schubert and Hummel @ Royal Albert Hall, L...


Some classical works are best heard late at night – and Schubert’s final setting of the Mass is one of them. It is slowly but...

Prom 15: LPO/Jurowski – Macbeth @ Royal Albert Hall, London


“I hope they keep their legs crossed,” commented the lady behind me as Glyndebourne’s tartan army of a chorus filled the rows behind the orchestra...

Prom 25: London Sinfonietta, BBC Singers/Mälkki – Boulez and Birtwistle @ Royal ...


Birtwistle and the Prommers have enjoyed a relationship that could best be described as tetchy. The infamous occasion of the Last Night Panic premiere remains...

Prom 14: HHSB/Norrington – The Seasons @ Royal Albert Hall, London


The programme of Prom 14 noted that The Seasons is ‘much loved and frequently performed’. Perhaps so, but Haydn’s pastoral oratorio, written around 1800, has...

Young Artists Summer Concert


The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme is one of the glories of the Royal Opera House. In providing intensive coaching and the opportunity to both...

BBC Prom 9: BBCNOW/Fischer – Dutilleux, Ravel, Berlioz @ Royal Albert Hall, London


French orchestral colour was the theme running through Thierry Fischer’s first Prom with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, from the subtleties of Henri Dutilleux...

BBC Prom 8: BBC Phil/Sinaisky – Pärt, Rachmaninov, Gliére @ Royal Alber...


Gliére’s Third Symphony may be a daunting proposition at eighty minutes, but it finds itself ideally suited to a Proms performance – in this case,...

Prom 4: ASC/Pappano – Berio and Rossini @ Royal Albert Hall, London


Prom 4 gave us Londoners a chance to see Antonio Pappano, Music Director of the Royal Opera, perform with his group from Rome, the Academy...

Mostly Mozart Opening Night @ Barbican Hall, London


I may have missed the First Night of the Proms, but we at the Barbican were treated to a firework display. The Mostly Mozart Festival...

BBC Prom 1: BBCSO/Belohlávek – Walton, Elgar and Beethoven @ Royal Albert Ha...


It is the second year running that Jir Belohlávek, as the Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, has been given the First Night honour....

Prom 39: Wagner/Götterdämmerung @ Royal Albert Hall, London


The BBC Proms Ring cycle came to a conclusion this week with Donald Runnicles, director of the San Francisco Opera and an acclaimed Wagnerian, conducting...

Rigoletto


Verdi’s Rigoletto is an opera of passion, despair and sacrifice. The situations are evocatively depicted; the characters are drawn in great depth; the drama is...

Cos


The last of the three great Mozart-Da Ponte collaborations, Cos fan tutte, remains an enigmatic work, and is all more the fascinating because of it.The...

Tosca


The vocal writing in Tosca is not Puccini’s finest, but the orchestration is among the composer’s most imaginative and most potent. Or at least I...

Bluebeard


Trust Offenbach to take the grisly, psychologically complex tale of the murderous Bluebeard and turn it into a frothy, madcap comedy. Buxton’s production is funny...

Roberto Devereux


Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux proved an exciting, gripping start to the 2007 Buxton Festival. The opera is, even for Donizetti, highly charged, compact and emotionally raw....

Lakme


Watching Delibes’ Lakme is a bit like seeing someone being beaten to death with a feather. All the ingredients of operatic tragedy are there but...

L’amore dei tre Re


Opera Holland Park ends its 2007 season with a triumphant production of Montemezzi’s long-forgotten opera L’amore dei tre Re, a work every bit as dramatically...