Ensemble - classical concert reviews
Friday 29 April 2016

Giuseppe Sinopoli (1946-2001) in 1983  Patricia Racette and Roberto Frontali in Puccini's 'Il Tabarro' at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Photo © 2016 Yasuko Kageyama  Ana Maria Martinez and Maria Zifchak in Puccini's 'Madama Butterfly' at New York Metropolitan Opera. Photo © 2016 Marty Sohl  Carmela Remigio and Piero Pretti in Alfredo Casella's 'La donna serpente' at Teatro Regio Torino. Photo © 2016 Ramella & Giannese Edoardo Piva  John Casken. Photo © 2009 Tom Bangbala

 

Sinopoli's Loneliness - A concert in memory of the Italian conductor, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

In Two Parts - Puccini's 'Il Trittico' as seen by Michieletto and Rustioni, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Fine Show - Madama Butterfly live in HD from New York, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Unmistakeably Italian - Alfredo Casella's fairy tale 'La Donna Serpente', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Particularly Sombre - Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra commemorate The Battle of the Somme, heard by Mike Wheeler

Mahler in Monte-Carlo - Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Printemps des Arts Festival

Distinctly Gallic - Rosanna Ter-Berg and Leo Nicholson, heard by Mike Wheeler

First 'Last Sonatas' - The first of three András Schiff recitals at London's Wigmore Hall whets Malcolm Miller's appetite

A Double Revival - Respighi's 'Sunken Bell' in Cagliari, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Sensitive Expression - Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut' live in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera impresses Maria Nockin

Warmth and Dignity - Mike Wheeler listens to the Derwent Singers

Genius and Intemperance - Berlioz's 'Benvenuto Cellini', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A 'Portable' Devil - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Pisa for Arrigo Boito's 'Mefistofele'

Unassuming Radiance - Mike Wheeler makes special mention of soprano Lisa Cassidy in Derby Bach Choir's Michael Haydn, Mozart and Joseph Haydn

Sincere Conversion - Mahler's 'Creation', heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Anti-romantic Opera - Opera North's 'Così fan tutte', recommended by Mike Wheeler

Visually Stunning - Giordano's 'Andrea Chénier', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

An Effervescent Delight - Donizetti's 'L'Elisir d'Amore' impresses Mike Wheeler

Haydn the subversive? - The Zelkova String Quartet, heard by Mike Wheeler

An Ambiguous Ending - Stravinsky, Sibelius and Shostakovich from Sophie Rosa and Derby Concert Orchestra, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Illuminating Details - Arrangements by Graham Hall, heard by Mike Wheeler

Monumental and Hieratic - Stravinsky's 'Oedipus Rex', recommended by Giuseppe Pennisi

Symphonic Thinking - Smetana, Bartók and Dvorák from Augustin Hadelich, Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Fabulous Night - Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields' musical 'Sweet Charity', strongly recommended by Alice McVeigh

A Great Success - Eleonora Abbagnato's 'Four Great Choreographers' at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, appreciated by Giuseppe Pennisi

Supreme Artistry - Nick van Bloss plays Beethoven, and impresses Andrew Schartmann

Vividly Characterised - A piano recital by Emmanuel Despax, heard by Mike Wheeler

A Different 'Norma' - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Naples

HOT 'Dream' in Honolulu - James Sohre reviews a Britten rarity

An Asian Fairytale - Puccini's 'Turandot' live in HD from New York, enjoyed by Maria Nockin

Rossini's Revenge - The first of three new 'Barber of Seville' productions marking the opera's bicentenary, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Carnival in Venice - Giuseppe Pennisi reviews Hervé's 'Les Chevaliers de la Table Ronde'

Wide-ranging Character - Andrew Dunlop, Ria Nolan and the Eblana String Trio, heard by Mike Wheeler

Transcendental Dawn - Handel's 'Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno' impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Beautifully Controlled - Keith Bramich makes a return visit to Jacky Wong's Hornton Chamber Orchestra

Wonderfully Frivolous - Chabrier's 'L'Etoile' at Covent Garden, recommended by Alice McVeigh

Energy and Commitment - Sinfonia Viva's schools residency concert, heard by Mike Wheeler

A Strong Impression - Mark Bebbington makes a return visit to Nottingham, heard by Mike Wheeler

A Successful Challenge - Wagner's 'Götterdämmerung' ends the Palermo 'Ring' cycle, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Dancing Energy - Haydn, Mozart and Paul Patterson from Adam Mackenzie, Emily Pailthorpe and Sinfonia Viva impress Mike Wheeler

Surrealist Pop - Rossini's 'La Cenerentola' in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Melodic Gold - Bizet's 'The Pearlfishers' live in HD from New York, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Off-the-beaten Track - Chamber music from Katherine Jenkinson, Julian Bliss and Alison Farr, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Mirrors of Time - Special concerts in Rome, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Lyrical Warmth - Dvorák, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms from Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

'Fantasia' Around The World - Giuseppe Pennisi visits the big screen in Rome

For the New Year - Unusual ballet productions in Italy, seen by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Composer's Christmas - The Cann Twins, heard by Mike Wheeler

Crisp and Assured - Handel's 'Messiah' in Derby Cathedral, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Rebel with a Cause - Teatro Massimo di Palermo's 'Siegfried', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Wit and Effervescence - Music in the Time of Goya, by Derek Murray

Alert Realisations - Christmas music from The Sitwell Singers, heard by Mike Wheeler

Very Special - Christmas music in Rome impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Engagingly Sung - Hugh Morris' first choral concert as Master of the Music at Derby Cathedral, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

A Major Talent - Mishka Rushdie Momen plays Chopin, impressing Mike Wheeler

Effective Contrast - Cipriano de Rore and Hubert Parry from the Derwent Singers, heard by Mike Wheeler

Passion and Commitment - Verdi's 'Giovanna D'Arco' at La Scala, recommended by Giuseppe Pennisi

Earthy Vigour - Smetana, Beethoven and Sibelius from Jennifer Pike, Pietari Inkinen and the Prague Symphony Orchestra, impress Mike Wheeler

A Painterly Production - Alban Berg's 'Lulu', live in high definition from Metropolitan Opera, impresses Maria Nockin

Delirious Joy - Opera North's 'Kiss Me, Kate' impresses Mike Wheeler

Enthralling Music - Hans Werner Henze's 'The Bassarids', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

An Overwhelming Theatrical Experience - Opera North brings Janácek's 'Jenufa' to Nottingham, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Unique Enchantment - Mozart's Magic Flute at San Francisco Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin

Exuberant Delight - Opera North's 'The Barber of Seville', enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Luxuriant Orchestration - Mozart's 'Idomeneo', heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Druid Priestess Conquers LA - James Sohre is impressed by Bellini's 'Norma'

An International Co-production - Donizetti's 'Don Pasquale' impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Refreshingly Wide-ranging - A recital by Korean pianist Jenna Sung, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

The Downfall - Richard Strauss' 'Elektra' in Bologna, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Well Served - Mike Wheeler listens to Joo Yeon Sir and Irina Andrievsky

Dramatic Values - Richard Wagner's 'Tannhäuser', live in HD from New York, reviewed by Maria Nockin

A Gripping Account - Derby Bach Choir sings Elgar's 'The Dream of Gerontius', and impresses Mike Wheeler

To the glory of St John Paul II - Giuseppe Pennisi samples The Vatican's recent festival of sacred music and art

Vocal Chamber Music - Mike Wheeler is impressed by Mosaic at Derby Cathedral

Accolades and Ovations - Antonio Pappano's 'Beethoven and the Contemporaries', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Enduring Fascination - Berlioz and Tchaikovsky from Lawrence Power, the Hallé Orchestra and Ryan Wigglesworth, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Towards the Abyss - Alban Berg's 'Wozzeck' at La Scala, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Two Ballets - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences a new dance in Rome

Superstars - Bromley Youth Music Trust's 'West Side Story' impresses Alice McVeigh

Truth and Loyalty - Verdi's 'Otello', live in HD from New York impresses Maria Nockin

 
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