Ensemble - classical concert reviews
Thursday 17 April 2014

Ian Bostridge. Photo © Simon Fowler  The Eblana String Trio  Richard Dacey  A scene from Berlioz's The Trojans at Teatro alla Scala, Milan. Photo © 2014 Brescia/Amisano  Norma Navarrete in L'Elisir d'amore at Ópera de Tijuana. Photo © 2014 Seléf Narváez


Fourteen People and a Dog - Brits in Rome, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Closely Argued - Mike Wheeler listens to Andrew Dunlop and the Eblana String Trio

Repetitive Chugging - Mike Wheeler comes face to face with Orff's Carmina Burana

Traditional and Bold - Berlioz's Les Troyens, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Wonderfully Amusing - Maria Nockin visits Mexico for Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore

Final Production? - Ron Bierman was at San Diego Opera's 'Don Quixote'

Wonderfully Atmospheric - Górecki, Chilcott, Thompson and Bernstein from Malcolm Goldring and the Sitwell Singers, heard by Mike Wheeler

Clash of Civilizations - Rossini's 'Maometto II', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Almost Physical Impact - Verdi's Requiem, heard by Mike Wheeler

A Little More Human - Jack Perla's 'Jonah and the Whale', enjoyed by Maria Nockin

Hugely Enjoyable - Mike Wheeler listens to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Absolutely Luminous - Thomas Bowes plays the Barber Violin Concerto, and impresses Alice McVeigh

Nicely Pointed - A piano recital by Robert Thompson, heard by Mike Wheeler

Decadent and Sarcastic - A Zemlinsky-Puccini double bill in Turin, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

An Interesting Idea - Opera North's 'From Paris with Love', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Depth and Elegance - Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Printemps des Arts in Monte Carlo

Magnificently Sonorous - Brahms, Dvorák and Rimsky-Korsakov from the Derby Concert Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler

Exploration and Discovery - 'Die Frau Ohne Schatten' at Covent Garden, reviewed by Alice McVeigh

Constantly Knitting - Mike Wheeler was at Opera North's Verdi Macbeth

High Spirits - The Piatti String Quartet, heard by Mike Wheeler

Overload - A long evening with the Cleveland Orchestra, described by Suzanne Torrey

Mount Olympus - Andrew Schartmann listens to Evgeny Kissin

A Sense of Unwinding - Roderic Dunnett marvels at Henze's Boulevard Solitude

Beautifully Presented - The Heron Piano Quartet, recommended by Alice McVeigh

Rather Classical - Silvia Colasanti's 'La Metamorfosi', experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Composer of Note - Graham Waterhouse receives standing ovations at Munich's Gasteig, by Tess Crebbin

Full Value - The Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler

Beautifully Spun - Steven Osborne's Prokofiev, Ravel and Rachmaninov impress Keith Bramich

A Spirited Reading - Traviata at Arizona Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin

A Joint Project - Sinfonia Viva's annual schools' residency, experienced by Mike Wheeler

Truly Memorable - Power, technology and sex in Rimsky Korsakov's 'The Tsar's Bride', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Guitar and Cello - Maria Nockin listens to Eliot Fisk and Yehuda Hanani

Particularly Well Suited - Sasha Cooke saves the day in Cleveland, by Suzanne Torrey

A Double Melodrama - Giuseppe Pennisi was at Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut', performed under difficult conditions in Rome

Quite Different - A special 'Otello', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Compelling Overall Experience - Mike Wheeler listens to Italian pianist Leonora Armellini

Deeper Probings - A recital by Jong-Gyung Park, heard by Mike Wheeler

A Tremendous Success - Rome's 'Controtempo' contemporary music festival, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

Expressive Nuances - Holst, Mozart and Sibelius from Tasmin Little and the European Union Chamber Orchestra, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Scruff-of-the-neck Treatment - Sibelius and Mendelssohn from Nottingham Harmonic Choir, heard by Mike Wheeler

Cogent Achievements - Peter Maxwell Davies' tenth symphony and other British music, heard by Roderic Dunnett

Crisp Elegance - Chamber music in Arizona, heard by Maria Nockin

Deep Expression - Mozart, Mendelssohn and Elgar from the Cleveland Orchestra, heard by Suzanne Torrey

Unlucky in Love - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Pisa for The Tales of Hoffmann

A Beautiful Sad Fairy Tale - Rusalka, live in high definition from New York Metropolitan Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin

Chung vs Pappano - Giuseppe Pennisi compares versions of Mahler's Resurrection Symphony

Vivid and Entertaining - Giuseppe Pennisi attends a Ravel double bill in Rome

Deeply Satisfying - John Wilson conducts the CBSO, heard by Mike Wheeler

Consummate Elegance - Mike Wheeler listens to Sarah Beth Briggs

Powerfully Expressive - Mike Wheeler listens to saxophonist Anthony Brown

Beautifully Coordinated - Candace Evans' new production of Puccini's La bohème, reviewed by Maria Nockin

A Sexy Summer Night - 'Feuersnot' by Richard Strauss, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Bumpy Ride - Brahms from the Cleveland Orchestra, reviewed by Suzanne Torrey

Bold and Daring - A new production of Wagner's 'Parsifal', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Perfect Settings - New Year in Italy, by Giuseppe Pennisi

Cultural Delights - Gerald Fenech visits Slovenia for Festival Maribor

A Touch of Élan - Héloîse Geoghegan and Michael Joyce, heard by Mary Isaac

A High-level Production - 'The Merry Widow', heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Passport to Heaven - Bill Newman listens to the Russian pianist Nelly Akopian-Tamarina

Stunning Artistry - New York Metropolitan Opera's Verdi's 'Don Carlo' transmission, seen and heard by Maria Nockin

A Marvelous Job - Puccini's 'La Fanciulla del West', heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Drama and Poetry - Mary Isaac listens to Russian pianist Olga Stezhko

Substantial and Astonishing - Robert Hugill listens to sixteenth century Christmas music sung by the Chapelle du Roi

Evident Satisfaction - Mike Wheeler listens to a reconstructed cantata by Neil Garland

Real Spirit - A Christmas offering from Derby Choral Union, heard by Mike Wheeler

Truly Miraculous - The Emerson Quartet, heard by Bill Newman

Unfailingly Musical - Mike Wheeler listens to Handel's 'Messiah' from Derby Cathedral

A Good Feel - Christmas music from the Sitwell Singers, heard by Mike Wheeler

Highly Impressive - A recital by Michael Ierace, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Authority and Nobility - Elisabeth Leonskaja celebrates Robert Schumann, appreciated by Mary Isaac

A Spirited Performance - Mike Wheeler listens to Voices and the Derby Concert Orchestra

Beautifully Wrought - Wagner's 'Tannhäuser' at Covent Garden, by Robert Hugill

Vibrant Performance - Two concerts by the Symphony of the Americas, reviewed by Lawrence Budmen

Vigour and Energy - Benjamin Frith saves the day, heard by Mike Wheeler

Positively Enchanting - Phoenix Opera's 'The Magic Flute', reviewed by Maria Nockin

Ideally Matched - Malcolm Troup hears 'the art of the piano reborn' in Syrian pianist Riyad Nicolas

A New and Better World? - Giuseppe Pennisi was at La Scala Milan for Wagner's 'Die Walküre'

Consummate Virtuosity - Bryn Terfel, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Hindemith and Wagner, appreciated by Maria Nockin

A Wonderful Surprise - Los Angeles Opera's 'Rigoletto', enjoyed by Maria Nockin

A Difficult Cocktail - Rossini's 'Moïse et Pharaon', assessed by Giuseppe Pennisi

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