Reviews Index

Vladimir Jurowski @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

by Agnes Kory

Closely following Valery Gergiev’s Shostakovich mini-festival with his Mariinsky forces at the Barbican, the London Philharmonic Orchestra offered another Russian themed concert with their incoming…



Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre/Valery Gergiev @ Barbican Hall, London


The culmination of Valery Gergiev’s Shostakovich symphony cycle at the Barbican saw a fire and brimstone performance of one of the composer’s biggest works in...

Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre / Valery Gergiev @ Barbican Hall, London


It felt at times this summer as if Shostakovich’s centenary celebrations had reached bursting point, so much so that when the day itself arrived most...

Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre / Valery Gergiev @ Barbican Hall, London


The weightier part of the first of three Shostakovich concerts given by Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and Chorus was the Thirteenth Symphony,...

L’enfance du Christ @ Barbican Hall, London


Mesmerising, captivating, spellbinding: Sir Colin Davis’ conducting of the London Symphony Orchestra in Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ had it all.Rarely has a composer suited a...

Ren


For her latest concert at the Barbican, American soprano Rene Fleming sang music in four languages by eight composers from three centuries.It was an impressive...

Viktoria Mullova @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Viktoria Mullova‘s roaring technique must place her as one of the most exciting living violinists.Her sensitive intelligence allows her to find a wide range of...

Carmen


I can’t imagine a better tonic against the onset of winter than Francesca Zambello’s new production of Bizet’s Carmen for the Royal Opera.It helps that...

BBCSO/Robertson @ Barbican Hall, London


Works by Italian composers, written 160 years apart, were on the programme of a concert by the BBC Symphony Orchestra led by its Principal Guest...

The Four Temperaments Triple Bill @ Royal Ballet @ Royal Opera House, London: 17, 18, 2...


At 7.25 on Friday evening, anticipation mixed with excitement mixed with concern in the Royal Opera House auditorium.Forget The Sound of Music this was the...

LSO/Marin Alsop @ Barbican Hall, London


Mahler’s Fifth Symphony is stupendously difficult to perform its demands are immense, both technically and emotionally.The five movements can gel perfectly, but the seemingly disparate...

Death in Venice @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London


With a major new production at ENO in the Spring and two semi-staged performances this month, Britten’s final opera is making a long overdue return...

Andreas Scholl @ Barbican Hall, London


Judging by this concert, counter-tenor Andreas Scholl can sell out the Barbican Hall even if only two Bach Cantatas – BWV 35, Geist und Seele...

The Marriage of Figaro @ Coliseum, London


English National Opera has waited until now to mark Mozart’s 250th birthday year rather belatedly with a new production of the timeless classic, The Marriage...

Alessandro nell’Indie


Giovanni Pacini is something of a poor man’s Rossini, at least in terms of compositional technique.Of his 70+ operas, not one has remained in the...

London Symphony Orchestra/David Zinman/Alfred Brendel @ Barbican Hall, London


Even at the age of seventy-five, Alfred Brendel carries the aura of one of the great musicians of our time, and as he entered the...

La traviata @ Coliseum, London


In a good performance, Verdis romantic masterpiece La traviata can seem one of the greatest music dramas in existence. If ENOs new version did not...

Victoria Goldsmith in concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra @ Cadogan Hall, London


Victoria Goldsmith’s concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was an eye-opener to the power of skilled marketing. 15-year-old Miss Goldsmith has not yet proved herself...

Viva Finlandia: Guildhall Symphony Orchestra/Eva Ollikainen @ Cadogan Hall, London


It seems miserable of me to admit so, but another world premiere has disappointed.Sami Klemola‘s Cubistic Strophes has a workable central theme the idea of...

LSO/Hickox @ Barbican Hall, London


Perhaps my mood was sour on Sunday evening, but this second night run of the London Symphony Orchestra under Richard Hickox was not a little...

Brodsky Quartet @ Wigmore Hall, London


The one-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of Schumann’s death has been treated like a diminutive filling dwarfed by two enormous pieces of bread. Mozart and Shostakovich have been...