Reviews Index

The London Chorus @ Cadogan Hall, London

by Dave Paxton

The St John Passion may be less beloved, but it is every ounce as dramatic and exciting as its brother Matthew. Not that you would…



Koanga


Multicultural opera company Pegasus marks the bicentenary of the abolition of slavery with Delius’ criminally neglected opera Koanga, set in the plantations and swamps of...

Satyagraha


Two anniversaries combined in this production of one of the most successful of Philip Glasss twenty operas to date – the composers own 70th birthday,...

On The Town @ Coliseum, London


Standing ovations from the Stalls – a rarity in the British opera house – greeted the English National Opera revival of On The Town on...

Parsifal


When the curtain descended on the last night of Bernard Haitink’s tenure as Music Director of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden in 2002 he informed...

Stiffelio


Stiffelio‘s power to provoke has gone, but its power to move has not. And the principle themes of Verdi’s once-controversial, now hardly known drama (those...

Owen Wingrave


Benjamin Britten’s penultimate opera is an impassioned plea for the right of the individual to make a choice when it comes to killing or being...

Llyr Williams @ Wigmore Hall, London


Llyr Williams is a young pianist whose career is clearly on the rise. His impressive rsum includes appearances as concerto soloist with all of the...

London Philharmonic Orchestra @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London


Yes, there were a fair few shorter items on the programme at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Wednesday evening, but this was no sporadic selection...

Ariodante @ Barbican Hall, London


It’s the season of illness and the Barbican has had more than its fair share of sudden cancellations in recent weeks. The latest was Angelika...

LSO/Harding @ Barbican, London


I am sometimes unsure what Daniel Harding, newly appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, is up to. On the one hand, he...

English Baroque Choir @ St John’s, Smith Square, London


There is no shortage of good countertenors in the world, yet the performance of Michael Chance at St John’s, Smith Square on Saturday evening confirmed...

LSO/Mangou – Family Day: Abracadabra! @ Barbican Hall, London


Magic was the theme of the LSO’s latest family concert and we were treated to conjuring tricks in the foyer and a programme of music...

Stephen Kovacevich @ Cadogan Hall, London


This concert marked the start of a major Beethoven cycle to be undertaken by Stephen Kovacevich and the London Mozart Players over the course of...

The Seasons @ Barbican, London


Say what you like about The Seasons, but Haydn’s pastoral oratorio is a jubilant, joyfully virtuosic and often highly profound tour through Classical vocal writing....

London Symphony Orchestra @ Barbican, London


On paper, Jonathan Dove’s Stargazer is a paradox: a piece about space, concerning cosmic questions and profound philosophies, written for the most stereotypically galumphing member...

Berliner Philharmoniker/Rattle @ Barbican, London


When Simon Rattle performed at the Edinburgh Festival last August, I wrote that his harsh critics in the German popular press were not unjustified in...

LSO/Davis @ Barbican, London


Twenty five years after the Barbican Centre first opened, it remains the most vibrant, culturally diverse and consistently vital home for culture in London. Champagne...

Charities Philharmonia @ St John’s, Smith Square


Though the players in the Charities Philharmonia are only in their twenties, their performance of the great Symphony No. 7 (also known as “Leningrad”) by...

L’Heure espagnole/Gianni Schicchi


In Richard Jones’ production of L’Heure espagnole, we’re greeted on entering the auditorium by a huge pair of cartoon breasts that fill the whole proscenium...

Constantinople


Constantinople stands on the cusp between East and West and, like the city, embraces the different spiritual cultures on each side of the divide. It...