Ensemble - classical concert reviews
Thursday 8 October 2015

Joseph Tawadros playing the oud at Festival Maribor. Photo © 2015 Dejan Bulut  Belinda Sykes in a publicity photo for Joglaresa's Magna Carta programme  Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Antonio Pappano and the choir and orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Photo © 2015 Musacchio & Ianniello  Brian Mulligan in Stephen Sondheim's 'Sweeney Todd' at San Francisco Opera. Photo © 2015 Cory Weaver  Sunwook Kim


Woman for all Seasons - Gerald Fenech returns to Festival Maribor in Slovenia

Bit of Rough? - Belinda Sykes and Joglaresa in Nottingham, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

A Turning Point - The first in a series of orchestral concerts in Rome, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Bloody Good Time - James Sohre enjoyed Stephen Sondheim's 'Sweeney Todd' at San Francisco Opera

Musical Integrity - Sunwook Kim and the Hallé Orchestra play Rachmaninov, and impress Mike Wheeler

Unjustly Neglected - Rare Verdi, well done in San Francisco, reported by James Sohre

An Outstanding Success - The Tallis Scholars celebrate Arvo Pärt's eightieth birthday at Italy's Sagra Musicale Umbra, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

A High Level - German operas at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

Les Dissonances - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Bucharest

Music for the Brave Organist - Mike Wheeler listens to David Liddle's recital at Derby Cathedral

A Higher Standard - Malcolm Miller reports from the Wigmore Hall / Kohn Foundation International Song Competition

Intricately Tuneful - Giuseppe Pennisi reviews John Adams' opera 'I Was looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky'

With You, Armenia - Giuseppe Pennisi was present when La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra visited Rome

Santa Fe's Mountain Tops - Jennifer Higdon's 'Cold Mountain' impresses James Sohre

Big Voices - Verdi's 'Rigoletto' from Santa Fe, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Semi-serious Rossini - Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro

A Gift for the Bizarre - Salieri operas in England impress Roderic Dunnett

Constant Motion - Donizetti's 'La fille du régiment' at Santa Fe Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Intense and Moving - Opera at the Salzburg Summer Festival, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Scintillating Overtones - Maria Nockin describes the best 'Salome' she's seen in a decade

Vocal Fireworks - Mozart's 'La Finta Giardiniera' from Santa Fe delights Maria Nockin

Celebrating Pierre Boulez - Giuseppe Pennisi continues his reports from the Salzburg Summer Festival

Meeting between Civilizations? - Wolfgang Rihm's 'Die Eroberung von Mexico', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Alleged Dances - Psappha at the Buxton Festival, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Understated Power - Roderick Williams and Susie Allan at the Buxton Festival impress Mike Wheeler

Shifting Moods - Catalan pianist Eudald Buch at the Buxton Festival, heard by Mike Wheeler

Sense of Purpose - Schumann and Fauré from The Schubert Ensemble delight Mike Wheeler

Haunting Effect - Spanish and Catalan music from Maria Camahort and friends, heard by Mike Wheeler

Frustratingly Patchy - Charpentier's 'Louise', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Invigorating Music - Telemann, J S Bach and Handel from Mary Bevan and members of the English Concert, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

A Long Musical Summer - Giuseppe Pennisi attended the Chigiana International Festival in Siena

Poise and Elegance - Tchaikovsky and Mozart from the English Chamber Orchestra, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Positively Explosive - Verdi's 'La traviata' at Winslow Hall Opera, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

Refreshingly Inventive - A recital by Soraya Mafi and Ian Tindale captivates Mike Wheeler

Far from Traditional - Puccini operas in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

More than a Mere Curiosity - Verdi's 'Giovanna d'Arco', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Helmut Lachenmann at Eighty - Malcolm Miller attends a study day and concert in London

A Flawed Production - Mike Wheeler has some reservations with Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lammermoor' at Buxton

Grim and Shivery Intensity - Bizet's 'Carmen' at Nevill Holt Opera impresses Roderic Dunnett

General Tendencies - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Aix-en-Provence for three operas and an orchestral concert

Nicely Varied - Beethoven, Mozart, Crusell, Françaix and Schubert from members of Sinfonia Viva, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

A Gift Horse - Berlioz's 'Les Troyens' at San Francisco Opera brings tears to James Sohre's eyes

Bach the Borrower - Mike Wheeler listens to the Derwent Singers

Taking Flight? - Marco Tutino's 'Two Women (La Ciociara)', reviewed by James Sohre

Endlessly Memorable - Britten's 'Death in Venice' from Garsington Opera at Wormsley, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

Americans in Rome - Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia's Gershwin Gala, attended by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Remarkable Service - Saint-Saëns' 'Samson and Delilah' at Grange Park Opera, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

A Dark Lady - Tchaikovsky's 'Queen of Spades' appeals to Giuseppe Pennisi

A Special Aura - Malcolm Miller describes Goldsmith College's special tribute to Alexander Ivashkin

Visionary Creation - Alessandro Solbiati's 'Il Suono Giallo', enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Vividly Delivered - Tom Redmond's new spoken commentary to Britten's 'Young Person's Guide' impresses Mike Wheeler

An Imperial Festival - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Ravenna to hear Pierre Boulez, Adriano Guarnieri and Nicola Piovani

A Scintillating Evening - Szymanowski's 'King Roger' at Covent Garden, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

Eclectic and Attractive - Giorgio Battistelli's new opera for Expo Milano 2015 impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Infectiously Enjoyable - Anniversaries at The VoiceBox in Derby, by Mike Wheeler

A Posthumous Debut - Giorgio Strehler's 'Marriage of Figaro' finally reaches Rome, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Delicate Shadings - Noriko Ogawa, the Warsaw Philharmonic and Jacek Kaspszyk, heard by Mike Wheeler

A 3D Fairytale - Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' from Bologna impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

A Musical Homecoming - Myung-Whun Chung returns to Rome to conduct Beethoven and Mahler, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Somewhat Uneven - Cav and Pag in HD from Metropolitan Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Two Stages - Manfred Honeck conducts Mozart and Mahler, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Generally Confident - Handel, Haydn and Mozart from Derby Choral Union and the Heart of England Chamber Orchestra, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Troubles in Florence - Maggio Musicale Fiorentino's 'Fidelio' is performed under difficult conditions, described by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Long Nocturne - Giuseppe Pennisi describes an intimate 'Aida' in Rome

Freshness and Vitality - Mike Wheeler listens to the Czech Philharmonic

A Wealthy Maverick - Music by the French composer George Onslow, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Changing Moods - Haydn, Sibelius and Beethoven from the Dante Quartet impresses Mike Wheeler

A Timeless Message - 'Jenufa' at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Punchy Vigour - J S Bach's St Matthew Passion, heard by Mike Wheeler

Dramatic Temperament - 'Euridice' according to Salvatore Sciarrino, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

'Lucia' in the Madhouse - Giuseppe Pennisi attends a memorial to Luca Ronconi

Commitment and Insight - Ingrid Jacoby plays Mozart, Chopin, Brahms and Musorgsky, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Challenging, Versatile and Unexpected - Roderic Dunnett visits Hungarian State Opera

Viscerally Exciting - Mendelssohn, Pärt, Mozart and Beethoven from Samuel Jacobs, Sinfonia Viva and Duncan Ward, all impresses Mike Wheeler

A Box of Wonders - Printemps des Arts de Monte Carlo, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Undeniably Spellbinding - A cello and piano recital by Jessie Richardson and Simon Callaghan, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Undoubtedly Authentic - Rossini's 'La Donna del lago' delights Maria Nockin

Needle-sharp Vitality - Opera North's 'La Vida Breve', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Figaro to Treasure - Opera North's Mozart impresses Mike Wheeler

Nicely Varied - A seasonal programme from the Derwent Singers, heard by Mike Wheeler

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