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  1. August 22, 2014

    Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos 1 and 3 – review

    The title Mendelssohn in Birmingham refers to the composer’s historical links to the city, but is also a plain statement of...

  2. May 30, 2014

    Britten: Death in Venice – review

    This DVD documents Deborah Warner’s ENO staging of Britten’s last opera. Her fluent, picturesque interpretation implies not...

  1. May 5, 2014

    Thebans, Coliseum, London – review

    Two decades at the top of his game and Julian Anderson had not composed an opera. When the invitation from English National...

  2. January 31, 2014

    Review: ‘Peter Grimes’, Coliseum, London

    First and foremost this is a heartening company achievement. There was a time in the dark days of the 1990s when it seemed...

  3. December 23, 2013

    BBCSO/Edward Gardner, Barbican, London – review

    Forget Christmas. For its last concert of the year, the BBC Symphony Orchestra stuck religiously to artistic principles by...

  4. November 26, 2013

    Der Rosenkavalier, Metropolitan Opera, New York – review

    Der Rosenkavalier has seen better days, and better daze, at the Met. While many repertory staples have been refreshed in...

  5. September 26, 2013

    Fidelio, Coliseum, London – review

    Until the last 20 minutes, this Fidelio is wearingly uneventful. Then Calixto Bieito, enfant terrible of Spanish opera...

  6. June 17, 2013

    Death in Venice, Coliseum, London – review

    Although Benjamin Britten’s centenary does not fall until November, June has clearly been designated Britten month. While...

  7. May 13, 2013

    Wozzeck, Coliseum, London – review

    The deeper Berg’s opera lodges itself in the repertoire, the more intriguing and astonishing it becomes. Its music follows a...

  8. March 15, 2013

    Lutoslawski/ Penderecki: Orchestral Works Vol 4, String Quartets

    Far from being eclipsed by the Britten centenary and the 200th anniversaries of Wagner and Verdi, Polish centenarian Witold...

  9. February 18, 2013

    Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

    While everybody else at the Southbank Centre is immersed in the year-long festival “The Rest Is Noise”, the Philharmonia...

  10. November 30, 2012

    Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works III

    With the Lutoslawski centenary nearly upon us, Chandos’s series devoted to the Polish composer looks increasingly useful....

  11. September 4, 2012

    All the best: Lutoslawski

    It happened all of 25 years ago. A dapper, professorial man arrived at my door at the appointed time, and we spent the next...

  12. July 1, 2012

    City of London Festival, Mansion House, London

    After the celebrations of the past month any further talk of jubilees may seem excessive. Founded in 1962, the City of...

  13. June 20, 2012

    Billy Budd, Coliseum, London

    Moral cowardice – the failure to speak out on matters of right and wrong – is a charge to which most of us can plead guilty....

  14. May 1, 2012

    The Flying Dutchman, Coliseum, London

    Some of Wagner’s “romantic opera” takes place at sea, some on dry land. The challenge facing the modern interpreter is to...

  15. April 4, 2012

    A marriage of the artistic and the financial

    When Loretta Tomasi joined English National Opera, the organisation was engulfed in turmoil and its finances were rocky....

  16. January 28, 2012

    Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works Vol 2

    For a composer who won the respect and affection of the UK concert-going public in the last 20 years of his life, Witold...

  17. December 12, 2011

    BBC Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London

    As an appendage to its ongoing cycle of Sibelius’s symphonies the BBC Symphony Orchestra threw in this concert of...

  18. November 14, 2011

    Eugene Onegin, Coliseum, London

    It is just over a year since the Bolshoi Opera visited London with its radical production of Eugene Onegin. “Simple human...

  19. September 11, 2011

    BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

    It seems that the BBC Proms declare audience figures have hit a new peak at the end of every season. The announcement has...

  20. August 27, 2011

    Lucy Crowe, Toby Spence and Christopher Purves: Lutoslawski

    This is a superb follow-up to the CD of the same composer’s orchestral music released by Chandos a year ago, again featuring...

  21. June 25, 2011

    Britten: The Turn of the Screw, Billy Budd

    Britten The Turn of the Screw Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Glyndebourne, 2 CDs) Britten Billy Budd Glyndebourne Festival...

  22. June 9, 2011

    Simon Boccanegra, Coliseum, London

    Directors who make a sudden splash have a lot to live up to, as Dmitri Tcherniakov found after his Bolshoi Onegin five years...

  23. May 28, 2011

    Britten: Phaedra, Lachrymae etc; Britten: Songs Volume 1

    Britten Phaedra, Lachrymae etc Edward Gardner (Chandos) Britten Songs Volume 1 Malcolm Martineau (Onyx, 2 CDs) Although...

  24. October 16, 2010

    Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works

    Lutoslawski Orchestral Works Edward Gardner (Chandos) Witold Lutoslawski’s music, out of favour since his death in 1994, is...

  25. September 20, 2010

    Faust, Coliseum, London; Fidelio, Millennium Centre, Cardiff

    Patrician inferno: Toby Spence (top) and Iain Paterson in ‘Faust’ Two UK opera companies opened their 2010-11 season at the...

  26. September 11, 2010

    Edward Gardner: ‘success is a two-edged sword’

    Edward Gardner, music director of English National Opera Success is a two-edged sword, says Edward Gardner, English National...

  27. August 30, 2010

    BBC Proms, Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall

    It is almost 70 years since a fateful night in 1941 when the Queen’s Hall was destroyed in the Blitz. The Proms were hastily...

  28. April 24, 2010

    Susan Gritton: Finzi, Britten and Delius

    Susan Gritton Finzi, Britten and Delius (Chandos) Live performances of Finzi’s Dies Natalis, one of his most sensitive...

  29. November 10, 2009

    The power and the simplicity

    Of the several accounts of The Rite of Spring that I have sat through, three have, for me, realised Stravinsky's vision of...

  30. August 5, 2009

    Mostly Mozart/ Gardner

    If all had gone as planned, Edward Gardner would have made his debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival back in 2006. Although...

  31. August 4, 2009

    Mostly Mozart/Gardner, Avery Fisher Hall, New York

    If all had gone as planned, Edward Gardner would have made his debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival back in 2006. Although he...

  32. June 13, 2009

    An antidote to fear and fury

    The outstanding recent production of Peter Grimes at the London Coliseum, I was thinking, might have sounded like a...

  33. November 12, 2008

    Seductive sounds in a Tsarist era

    There are two essentials in Boris Godunov . The first is a bass who dominates the stage. The second is a conductor who...

  34. November 11, 2008

    Unvarnished Tsarist seduction

    Borus GodunovColiseum, London There are two essentials in Boris Godunov. The first is a bass who dominates the stage. The...

  35. September 22, 2008

    A modern take on comedy and tragedy

    What binds Cav to Pag is not the common thread of infidelity, jealousy and revenge, but the way both paint life in the raw...

  36. September 21, 2008

    A modern take on comedy and tragedy

    Cavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci Coliseum, London What binds Cav to Pag is not the common thread of infidelity, jealousy and...

  37. August 9, 2008

    Live music

    Kings of Leon August 14, Brixton Academy, London SW9 A tight live act, Kings of Leon warm up for the V festival with a...

  38. July 5, 2008

    Live music

    A Day at the Hop Farm July 6, The Hop Farm, Kent Neil Young, in wonderful form on his recent tour, headlines a new festival...

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