Ensemble - classical concert reviews
Tuesday 20 March 2018

Revival of John Copley's production of 'Semiramide' at New York Metropolitan Opera, 19 February-17 March 2018  David Henshaw (left) and Malcolm Goldring  Vassily Sinaisky. Photo © Marco Borggreve  Hélène Guilmette and Stanislav de Barbeyrac in Poulenc's 'Dialogues des Carmélites' in Bologna. Photo © 2018 Rocco Casaluci  Flyer for Derby Concert Orchestra's 3 March 2018 concert


Rarely more than Loosely Acted - Maria Nockin reviews John Copley's production of Rossini's 'Semiramide' in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, without Copley

A Serious Miscalculation - Music for choir and saxophone, heard by Mike Wheeler

Bracing Energy - Beethoven and Tchaikovsky from Pavel Kolesnikov, Vassily Sinaisky and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra impress Mike Wheeler

Faith and Revolution - Poulenc's 'Dialogues des Carmélites' in Bologna, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Pungent Melancholy - Derby Concert Orchestra plays Rimsky-Korsakov, Sibelius, Dvorák and Tchaikovsky, heard by Mike Wheeler

A Short Bittersweet Opera - Stravinsky's 'A Soldier's Tale', heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Pure Joy - Puccini's 'La bohème' in high definition from New York Metropolitan Opera, heard by Maria Nockin

Bold and Daring - Contrasting Busoni and Puccini in Cagliari, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Lucid Sound-world - Mendelssohn, Brahms and Beethoven from Viviane Hagner, Karina Canellakis and the Hallé Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler

Late Romanticism - Giuseppe Pennisi is moved by Richard Strauss and Schoenberg played by the Stradivari Sextet

Carnal Passion and Religion - Giuseppe Pennisi is more impressed by the musical than the visual aspects of Donizetti's 'La favorite' in Florence

Calm Authority - A recital by young British-Turkish pianist Lara Melda impresses Mike Wheeler

A Slice of Life - Giuseppe Pennisi is impressed with the first performance of Marco Tutino's 'Miseria e Nobilità'

A Worthy Successor - Tomáš Netopil steps in to conduct the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Nottingham, impressing Mike Wheeler

A Doll's House - A new production of Bellini's 'La Sonnambula', experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Brisk Pace - L'Elisir d'Amore, live in HD from New York, reviewed by Maria Nockin

A Whirlwind of Slapstick - French Carnival Operettas in Venice, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Deeply Involving - Haydn, Britten and Schubert from The Alke String Quartet, heard by Mike Wheeler

Angel of the Apocalypse - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Messiaen in Rome

Traditional Settings - Puccini's 'Tosca' in high definition at New York Metropolitan Opera impresses Maria Nockin

Tender and Charming - Lisa Batiashvili plays Prokofiev, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Mathematical Advantage - Sinfonia Viva's annual schools residency, experienced by Mike Wheeler

Lively and Joyful - Vivaldi, J S Bach and Handel from The Sixteen, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Debussy Perspective - Giuseppe Pennisi samples a concert series marking the one hundredth anniversary of the French composer's death

A Fascinating Programme - Dina Duisen plays Beethoven, Chopin, Saint-Saëns, Liszt and Nagim Mendygaliev, impressing Mike Wheeler

Bartók Pizzicato Gun Shots - Vivaldi, Edgar Meyer and Beethoven from Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields impress Mike Wheeler

Romanticism and Rock - Lalo and Pink Floyd ballets in Rome, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Dramatic Passion - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Bernardo Pasquini's 'La Sete di Cristo'

A Gradual Maturing - Giuseppe Pennisi describes the recent performance history of Rossini's 'William Tell' and reviews Palermo's 2018 production

Strongly Projected - A piano recital by Colin Stone for Derby Chamber Music impresses Mike Wheeler

Bandits in Rome - Giuseppe Pennisi describes the stormy reaction to Verdi's 'I Masnadieri'

Forcefully Engaging - A school production of 'Carmen', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Sublime Romanticism - Valery Gergiev conducts Tchaikovsky's 'Iolanta', impressing Giuseppe Pennisi

The Romantic Connection - Kodály, Glass and Bruckner, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Risky on Paper - Mark Elder and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain impress Mike Wheeler

Sophisticated Elegance - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to music by Giacinto Scelsi

Holiday Ritual - Christmas music from the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus, heard by Suzanne Torrey

Alive and Well - Comic operas in Berlin, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Solid and Dependable - Derby Choral Union's Messiah, heard by Mike Wheeler

Feminism and Anti-colonialism - Meyerbeer's L'Africaine, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Added Vibrancy - Mike Wheeler listens to a classy concert from the Sitwell Singers

Stylish Women - Verdi's Falstaff in high definition, live from New York, by Maria Nockin

Tonal Refinement - Christmas music from Derby Concert Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler

Verging on Truculence - Mike Wheeler listens to Kazakhstan-born pianist Samson Tsoy

Innovation and Tradition - Verdi's 'La Traviata' at the start of La Scala's new season, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Astonishing Vocal and Physical Power - Britten's 'Death in Venice', heard by Mike Wheeler

Tension and Restlessness - More Britten, with Finzi and Holst, from Derby Bach Choir, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Delicious Buzzing - A new departure for Derby's Assembly Rooms, appreciated by Mike Wheeler

Real Verve - Markus Stenz conducts the Hallé Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler

Intergenerational Conflict - Giuseppe Pennisi attended a successful performance of Verdi's 'Ernani' in Rome

Always a Treat - Suzanne Torrey listens to David Fray, Marin Alsop and the Cleveland Orchestra in music by Barber, Schumann and Copland

Last Gasp of Boyhood - Roderic Dunnett investigates Jubilee Opera's 'A Time There Was' for the Benjamin Britten centenary

Endearingly Oddball - British music from Derby Choral Union, including Britten's 'Rejoice in the Lamb', heard by Mike Wheeler

Buzzy Textures - Clare Hammond plays in Nottingham, heard by Mike Wheeler

Liquid Velvet - Paul Wiffen listens to the new soprano-piano duo TangOpera

Tragic Splendour - More Britten from Paul Daniel and the BBC Philharmonic, heard by Mike Wheeler

Outstanding Productions - Opera North's Britten celebrations, with Mike Wheeler

Film Noir - 'The Magic Flute' from Berlin's Komische Oper, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Brilliant Ideas - Verdi's Shakespeare trilogy in Ravenna, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Vivid and Colourful - Two choirs join forces to celebrate the Britten anniversary, heard by Mike Wheeler

Suave and Polished - Mike Wheeler discovers the Heath Quartet

A Thrilling Journey into the Unknown - Malcolm Miller visits the London International Jazz Festival

Enterprisingly Apt - A wide-ranging recital by Janey Miller and Susie Summers, heard by Mike Wheeler

Intimate and Moving - The Ex Cathedra consort and continuo, heard by Keith Bramich

DVD Spotlight. Conviction and Passion - Britten's 'Peter Grimes' at Teatro alla Scala, reviewed by Howard Smith. '... a welcome centenary release.'

DVD Spotlight. Collapsing Troy - Berlioz from Covent Garden, reviewed by Robert Anderson. '... much orchestral wizardry under Antonio Pappano ...'

Canonical from our Era? - Nico Muhly's opera 'Two Boys', reviewed by Gregory Moomjy

Pure Enjoyment - 'Simon Boccanegra' in Turin, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Exploring the Darker Side - Dan Miller and Richard Hodges at Derby's Festival of Britten, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Conductor's Opera - Verdi's 'Falstaff' at Los Angeles Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Operas You've Probably Never Heard Of - Roderic Dunnett visits Wexford

A Grand Sea Symphony? - Giuseppe Pennisi was at a concert performance in Rome of Britten's 'Peter Grimes'

A Lesson to be Learned - The Cleveland Orchestra welcomes back its music director Franz Welser-Möst, by Suzanne Torrey

A Great Deal of Fun - Maria Nockin takes a whiff of an early Shostakovich opera

Mad Stampede - Viennese classics from the Derby Concert Orchestra, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Astonishing Performance - All of Beethoven's piano sonatas played in one day by Julian Jacobson, heard by Robert Anderson

Crisp Articulation - Mike Wheeler listens to Israeli pianist Ishay Shaer

Good Sense - Turandot in Rome as written by Puccini, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Maximum Expressive Contrast - Henning Kraggerud and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra with Stéphane Denève, heard by Mike Wheeler

Rather Impressive - Mark Berry experiences English National Opera's 'Madama Butterfly'

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