Ensemble - classical concert reviews
Monday 24 April 2017

Gregory Kunde in Umberto Giordano's 'Andrea Chénier' at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Photo © 2017 Yasuko Kageyama  Knut Nystedt (1915-2014)  Antonio Pappano conducting Bach's 'St John Passion' at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Photo © 2017 Musacchio & Ianniello  Johann Sebastian Bach at sixty-one. Detail from a 1746 portrait by Elias Gottlob Haussmann  Duncan Ward. Photo © 2014 Maurice Foxall

 

Back in Rome - Giordano's 'Andrea Chénier' returns to the Teatro dell'Opera after more than forty years, impressing Giuseppe Pennisi

Rock-solid Technique - Victoria, Gesualdo, Schütz, J S Bach, Poulenc and Knut Nystedt from cellist Deirdre Bencsik and the Derwent Singers impresses Mike Wheeler

A Great Success - Antonio Pappano's St John Passion impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Exuberant Performance - J S Bach choral music impresses Mike Wheeler

A Rare Treat - Mozart, Duncan Ward and Poulenc wind chamber music, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Extreme Tensions - Richard Strauss' 'Elektra', back in Naples, impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Emotional Complexities - Alexei Grynyuk plays Scarlatti, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Schubert, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

An Outstanding Example - Co-operation between the Sitwell Singers and Derby Chamber Music, featuring music by John Tavener, Bruckner and Beethoven, impresses Mike Wheeler

A Duel of Voices - Donizetti's 'Maria Stuarda' in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

What was the Problem? - John Fulljames' visually engaging production of Rimsky-Korsakov's 'The Snow Maiden' at Opera North, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Unexpectedly Long - Mozart's 'Idomeneo' in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin

Dynamic Performances - Vladimir Jurowski conducts Zemlinsky and Mahler, appreciated by Giuseppe Pennisi

Fun and Games - Mike Wheeler enjoys Opera North's take on Rossini's 'La Cenerentola'

Great Stage Presence - Lucas Ball reviews a production that emphasises The Magic Flute's fun elements

Engagingly Clear-eyed - Mahler, Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams from Derby Concert Orchestra, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Tremendous Justice - Brahms' German Requiem and Dvorák's Slavonic Dances from Peter Nardone and the Worcester Festival Choral Society, reviewed by Lucas Ball

Lost in its own Forest - Engelbert Humperdinck's 'Hansel and Gretel' at Opera North, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

1917 - A Different Revolutionary Music - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Yuri Bashmet and his Moscow Soloists ensemble

Invincible Physical Barriers - Willy Decker's production of Giuseppe Verdi's 'La traviata' in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Most Impressive - Mozart, Enescu, Stravinsky and Brahms from Savitri Grier and Richard Uttley, heard by Mike Wheeler

A Thrilling Ride - Mozart, Beethoven and Sibelius from Angela Hewitt, Yutaka Sado and the Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Fine Film - San Francisco Opera's 2008 film of Puccini's 'La bohème', reviewed by Maria Nockin

Well Thought Out - Dvorák's 'Rusalka' in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, enjoyed in the cinema by Maria Nockin

Sex, Blood and Power - Tchaikovsky's 'The Enchantress', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Listening with Fresh Ears - A little-known version of the 'Italian Symphony' plus other music by Mendelssohn and Berlioz, from Sarah Connolly, Kati Debretzeni and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, intrigues Malcolm Miller

Nicely Unusual - Ingrid Jacoby plays Ponce, Fauré, Debussy and Musorgsky, and impresses Mike Wheeler

Tenderness and Hatred - Janácek's 'Kát'a Kabanová' in Turin impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Dancing Vigour - Percussionists Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox, appreciated by Mike Wheeler

A Cause for Celebration - 'Mechanical Advantage', Sinfonia Viva's latest Schools Residency, described by Mike Wheeler

The Mercy of God - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Robert Schumann's oratorio 'Das Paradies und die Peri'

Reviving Rossini's Tancredi - Margaret Darby reports from Opera Philadelphia

An Attractive Sound-world - Mike Wheeler listens to the Thorne Trio

Inner Struggle - Giuseppe Pennisi watches and listens to Tchaikovsky's 'Sleeping Beauty'

Elegantly Presented - Mike Wheeler listens to pianist Ji Liu

Full of Irony - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences a different 'Sleeping Beauty', Ottorino Respighi's 'La Bella Addormentata nel Bosco', at the Lyric Theatre in Cagliari

Irridescent Colours - Copland, Ravel and Gershwin from Steven Osborne, the Hallé Orchestra and Louis Langrée, heard by Mike Wheeler

Tannhäuser in the Dark - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Venice, one of Richard Wagner's favourite cities

A Spectacular Show - Charles Gounod's 'Romeo and Juliet' live in high definition from New York Metropolitan Opera impresses Maria Nockin

Sex and Power - Verdi's 'Macbeth' in Palermo, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Harmonious in Every Sense - Alice McVeigh explains why 'Der Rosenkavalier' at Covent Garden couldn't have been bettered in any department

Terrific Movement and Zip - Opera Warwick's 'Die Fledermaus', reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

A Controversial Così - Giuseppe Pennisi was in the audience at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

Compellingly Memorable - Schubert and Liszt from Ian Tindale and Nick Pritchard impress Mike Wheeler

Genuinely Hard-won - Mike Wheeler listens to Nicholas Collon and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra playing Shostakovich's Eighth Symphony, preceded by Stephen Johnson's illustrated introduction

A Great Revival - Leonardo Vinci and Pietro Metastasio's 'Didone Abbandonata', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Choral Opera - Verdi's 'Nabucco' in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin

A Stunning Display - Mike Wheeler is impressed by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain playing Lauren Marshall, Brett Dean, Szymanowski and Rachmaninov

Two Bats - 'Die Fledermaus' on Twelfth Night, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A New Year's Eve with 'Die Fledermaus' - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Rome

All the Magic of the Original - Piano arrangements played by Jenny Lin, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Big-band Jazz and Choral Traditions - Mike Wheeler listens to music by Will Todd and Nils Lindberg, performed by Derby Choral Union with the Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra

Idiomatically Handled - The Sitwell Singers' Christmas Concert impresses Mike Wheeler

Airy and Light - Handel's 'Messiah' from Hugh Morris and Derby Cathedral Choir, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

A Dark 'Trovatore' - Giuseppe Pennisi reports on Verdi from Cagliari

Lines of Blue Light - Kaija Saariaho's opera 'L'amour de loin', live in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, impresses Maria Nockin

Sensitive Handling - Tchaikovsky, Delius and Brahms from the Villiers String Quartet, heard by Mike Wheeler

Well Scrubbed-up and Dapper - Sinfonia Viva and conductor Duncan Ward, with guest soloists Cordelia Williams and Alice Zawadzki, leave a deep impression on Mike Wheeler

A Rare Butterfly - Giuseppe Pennisi was at La Scala for the start of the new season in Milan

Little to do with Shakespeare - A strong production of Rossini's 'Otello' opens Teatro San Carlo's new season in Naples, reported by Giuseppe Pennisi

An Uneven Work - Mike Wheeler listens to Dvorák's 'Stabat Mater'

Technicolour Redemption? - Two Puccini works at Opera North, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Abstract and Symbolic - 'Tristan und Isolde' at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma enthralls Giuseppe Pennisi

Excellent Track-record - Mike Wheeler is impressed by Opera North's 'Billy Budd'

Passing Time - Opera North's 'Der Rosenkavalier', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Transparently a Success - Gustav Holst's 'The Cloud Messenger' impresses Roderic Dunnett

Committed Performance - Mozart from Derby Choral Union, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Death and the Maiden - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Patricia Kopatchcinskaja and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Special Offer - Two top guitarists for the price of one, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Rich Baroque - 'La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall'Isola di Alcina' by the almost forgotten Francesca Caccini, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Great Joy - Zambello's 'Aida' premieres at San Francisco Opera, by Maria Nockin

A Very Interesting Discovery - The first performance in modern times of Bellini's 'Adelson e Salvini', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Study in Dislocation - Mike Wheeler listens to Chopin, Debussy, Ligeti, Liszt, Grigory Ginzburg and Scarlatti, played by Isata Kanneh-Mason

Standing Throughout - Sinfonia Viva and Duncan Ward in Derby Cathedral, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Flooding Venice - Giuseppe Pennisi reviews the first performance of Filippo Perocco's opera 'Aquagranda'

A Demanding Programme - Richard Uttley plays Schumann, Chopin and Beethoven, appreciated by Mike Wheeler

A view from the pit - John Joubert's 'Jane Eyre', praised by Alice McVeigh

Balletic Energy - Britten, Korngold and Berlioz from Vilde Frang, Nicholas Collon and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra impresses Mike Wheeler

Fresh and Original - John Joubert's opera 'Jane Eyre', experienced by Roderic Dunnett

Vividly Projected - The Sitwell Singers' fiftieth anniversary concert, heard by Mike Wheeler

Love and Freedom - Beethoven's 'Fidelio', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

 
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