Reviews Index

John Tomlinson @ St Johns, Smith Square, London

by Agnes Kory

John Tomlinson‘s eagerly awaited debut performance of Schubert’s Winterreise was attended by the cream of British singers (such as Simon Keenlyside, Philip Langridge, Ann Murray…



Alban Berg Quartet @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London


The Alban Berg Quartet doing Beethoven’s String Quartet Op.130 was a miraculous thing. If time stood still in the transcendent, achingly poignant Cavatina one of...

Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam/Jansons @ Barbican Hall, London


The Amsterdam Concertgebouw hardly needs an introduction it is of course one of the great orchestras of the world and its two concerts at the...

BBCSO/Robertson @ Barbican Hall, London


Simon Bainbridge’s Diptych was hardly granted a glorious entry into the world on Friday evening, given that the Barbican hall was two thirds empty. And...

LSO/Adams @ Barbican, London


John Adams may or may not be the greatest living composer, but he is at least one of a very select bunch. The Barbican’s celebration...

Madama Butterfly


With claims in the press recently that Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is inherently racist, the Royal Opera’s production, now on its third revival, continues to pull...

Agrippina @ Coliseum, London


The ENO’s first ever Agrippina triumphantly takes its place in the company’s tradition of witty and inventive productions of Handel’s operas.For those who enjoyed David...

Le nozze di Figaro


With new productions at both major houses recently, and not exactly a dearth of Mozart over the last couple of years, does London need another...

La boh


The current revival of La bohme at English National Opera is being dedicated to the original director, Steven Pimlott, who sadly died of cancer last...

Orlando


The most striking feature of this production of Handel’s Orlando is the superb – arguably definitive – musical performance. If anybody wants to know how...

LSO/Adams @ Barbican, London


On the Transmigration of Souls was John Adams’s choral and orchestral response to the New York tragedy of 9/11.Some claim it to be among the...

Crouch End Festival Chorus @ Barbican, London


Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time is a difficult work to pull off, but it can be astoundingly powerful in the greatest of performances.Its...

The Marriage of Figaro


For the second run of their 2006-07 Marriage of Figaro production, the English National Opera has assembled a splendid cast.Though David McVicar’s stage production of...

Carmen


Over a month into an extended run, and Francesca Zambello’s new production of Bizet’s Carmen remains as vibrant and atmospheric as it was in early...

Il trovatore


Il trovatore is one of opera’s typical contradictions: it’s amongst Verdi’s most popular and beloved scores, yet its critical reception has always been mixed.That’s largely...

Wihan Quartet @ Wigmore Hall, London


Sunday mornings on London’s Wigmore Street are usually a quiet affair. The constant flow of traffic subsides, the population of passers-by dwindles, and the sounds...

London Symphony Orchestra @ Barbican Hall, London


Performances by Antonio Pappano are always something to hear, and his concert with the London Symphony Orchestra was a thrilling ride through music of the...

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Davis @ Barbican Hall, London


First things first the Barbican was criminally empty for this concert from the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis.Those who did not attend (and...

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio @ Barbican Hall, London


Bach’s Christmas Oratorio consists of six parts, or six cantatas, intended for separate days of the Christmas celebration.Cantata 1 was written for Christmas Day, Cantata...

Handel’s Messiah @ Barbican Hall, London


For his final concerts as Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis chose the most widely-performed and beloved oratorio of all, Handel’s...

Paul Goodwin/Academy of Ancient Music @ Wigmore Hall, London


The Academy of Ancient Music’s December concert at the Wigmore Hall traced Mozart’s symphonic development from the age of nine to twenty three, by way...