Reviews Index

Philharmonia/Dohn

by Dave Paxton

Christoph von Dohnnyi’s concert with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall was a pleasingly programmed and cleanly played affair. The weird motivic contours of…



Philharmonia/Mackerras @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Across the river at the Royal Opera House, Charles Mackerras’ conducting in Ktya Kabanov is resplendent and vital. Mackerras is, of course, one of the...

LSO Chamber Ensemble @ Barbican Hall, London


The LSO Chamber Ensemble’s Saturday evening concert was an all-French affair, but a varied one. Rubbing shoulders were the hard Baroque contours and rhythms of...

King Arthur @ Cadogan Hall, London


Purcell’s semi-opera King Arthur today is a popular beast among both opera companies and audiences. And no wonder: the music is not only highly tuneful...

RPO/Davis @ Cadogan Hall, London


Faur’s Requiem is voluptuous and elegiac, and incense often seems to drip from its very fabric. At first my ears struggled to adjust to Andrew...

Deborah Voigt @ Barbican Hall, London


I sense that I was in a minority on Saturday evening. Deborah Voigt‘s return to London after that incident in 2004 was greeted by enthusiastic...

The Dream of Gerontius @ Barbican Hall, London


The London Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Elgar’s choral masterpiece was a more than fitting tribute to the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth. As a...

The Barber of Seville


Opera Holland Park needed an opera as robust as Rossini’s to compete with a downpour of Wagnerian proportions on the first night. Fortunately the new...

Kismet @ Coliseum, London


Brashly-wrought Borodin mixed with brazen Broadway takes the London Coliseum back to its former function as presenter of big musicals.Sadly it’s not the glory days...

Jenufa


Opera Holland Park comes of age with this stirring performance of Jenufa. Visiting OHP is a truly unique experience. The theatre is assembled every summer...

Death in Venice


Hot on the heels of Deborah Warner’s production for ENO, the Aldeburgh Festival staging of Death in Venice is an altogether different kettle of fish.Where...

K


The heroine of Ktya Kabanov yearns to take wing like a bird and the Royal Opera Orchestra certainly soars into the stratosphere under the baton...

Capriccio


Richard Strauss’ final opera presents a huge challenge for students but Guildhall School, under the baton of Clive Timms, has pulled it off with aplomb.Between...

La Clemenza di Tito @ Coliseum, London


ENO’s revival of La Clemenza di Tito shows Edward Gardner again as a valuable injection of new blood into the company. He conducts a delicately...

Don Giovanni


The Royal Opera’s revival of Don Giovanni is a mixed affair, with some fine component parts but a lack of cohesion in the whole.Conductor Ivor...

English Chamber Orchestra @ Cadogan Hall, London


Mozart’s Concerto No. 10 for two pianos is performed comparatively infrequently, and it was given an outing at the Cadogan Hall on Wednesday evening. The...

Bach Cantatas @ Wigmore Hall, London


What better counterpoint to my current literature of choice, Richard Dawkins’ superb denunciation of religion The God Delusion, than an evening of Bach cantatas? But,...

Dame Felicity Lott @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London


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...