Ensemble - classical concert reviews
Sunday 11 December 2016

A scene from Puccini's 'Madama Butterfly' at Teatro alla Scala, Milan. Photo © 2016 Brescia/Amisano  John Osborn in the title role of Rossini's 'Otello' at Teatro San Carlo di Napoli. Photo © 2016 Luciano Romano  Derby Bach Choir, Derby Bach Orchestra and conductor Richard Roddis rehearsing in Derby Cathedral  Anne Sophie Duprels in Opera North's 2016 production of Puccini's 'Suor Angelica'. Photo © 2016 Tristram Kenton  Rachel Nicholls and Andreas Schager in Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde' at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Photo © 2016 Yasuko Kageyama

 

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

A Fine Rendition - 'Don Giovanni' live in high definition from New York Metropolitan Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin

A Canny Pairing - Mike Wheeler listens to Stephen Hough, Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra

The Joy of Operetta - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Ravenna for a trilogy of Danube stage works

'Un Ballo' Returns Home - Giuseppe Pennisi reviews Verdi in Rome

Famous yet Unkown - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences Camille Saint-Saëns' opera 'Proserpine' in Munich

Close Partnership in Action - J S Bach, Shostakovich, Oliver Davis and Brahms from Katherine Jenkinson and Alison Farr, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

A Bright Idea - Sinfonia Viva players at Derby Folk Festival impress Mike Wheeler

The Right Touch - Giuseppe Pennisi enjoys the baroque show 'Aria' in Rome

An Interesting Approach - Beethoven, Guillaume Connesson and Respighi from Stéphane Denève and the Brussels Philharmonic, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Astonishing Work - 'Giovanna D'Arco' in the Farnese Theater, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Born Again - Giuseppe Pennisi visits the revitalised Verdi Festival in Parma for 'Don Carlo'

A Standard-Bearer - Nicholas McCarthy plays Reinecke's Sonata for the left hand, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Different 'Swan Lake' - Tchaikovsky in Rome impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Re-writing the Rule Book - Rutter and Fauré Requiems performed by the Armonico Consort, heard by Keith Bramich

The Old and the New - Contrasting concerts at the Sagra Musicale Umbra, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Light from on High - Giuseppe Pennisi's first of two reports from the Sagra Musicale Umbra

Dido Reconstructed - Henry Purcell, arranged by Atilio Cremonesi, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Very Rich Menu - Giuseppe Pennisi attends two first performances at the Pergolesi Spontini Festival in Jesi

Somewhat Congested - Jonathan Scott plays the organ of Derby Cathedral, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

An African 'Norma' - Giuseppe Pennisi compares La Fenice's Bellini revival with an earlier production in Naples

Echo of Globalization - France at the Festival of Nations, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Piquant Shadings - Peter Gould returns to Derby to give an organ recital, delighting Mike Wheeler

Very Effective - Igor Stravinsky's 'The Soldier's Tale' at the Presteigne Festival, reviewed by Keith Bramich

Rossini on a Movie Set - 'Il Turco in Italia' and 'Ciro in Babilonia' at the Rossini Opera Festival, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Fighting for Justice - Florieke Beelen, Ensemble 10/10 and Clark Rundell, heard by Mike Wheeler

Most Entertaining - Peter Eötvös' 'The Golden Dragon' impresses Mike Wheeler

The Treasured Crown - Roderic Dunnett reports in depth on last month's Three Choirs Festival at Gloucester

An Engrossing Idea - Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro for an original and moving 'La Donna del Lago'

An Attractive Programme - Baroque music and English string classics from the Northern Chamber Orchestra, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Player to be reckoned with - Organ music from Richard Hills, heard by Mike Wheeler

Eros and Philosophy - Giuseppe Pennisi's last report from this year's Salzburg Festival features a new production of Mozart's 'Così fan tutte'

Starving for Gold - Giuseppe Pennisi gets a rare chance to hear Richard Strauss' 'Der Liebe der Danae'

Tonal Clarity - An organ recital by Daniel Gottfried impresses Mike Wheeler

Sparkle and Brilliance - An exploration of the celebration and imitation of national styles, heard by Mike Wheeler

A Great Success - Spiritual and religious music at the Salzburg Festival, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Captivating Evening - Vivaldi's 'La Sena Festeggiante', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Crossing the Threshold - Giuseppe Pennisi, reporting from Salzburg, finds the first performance of Thomas Adès' new opera 'The Exterminating Angel' even more engrossing than Luis Bunuel

Resonant Baritone - Mike Wheeler describes Josep-Ramon Olivé and Ben-San Lau's Buxton debut

Magical Stillness - The Elias Quartet plays at Buxton, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Ferocious Energy - Jackie Campbell's piano recital at Buxton, heard by Mike Wheeler

Old and New - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Siena's Chigiana International Festival

Deliciously Romanticised - Keith Bramich attends the first evening concert of the 2016 Gloucester Three Choirs Festival

Refined Phrasing - Gemma Lois Summerfield and Sebastian Whybrew at Buxton impress Mike Wheeler

Not Entirely New - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences a double 'Barber of Seville' in Rome

Lucid Sense - Handel's 'Tamerlano' at Buxton, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Carmen Lite-ful (Rhymes with Frightful) - James Sohre sends the last of his reports from San Francisco

On Vibrant Form - Bellini's 'I Capuletti e I Montecchi' at the Buxton Festival, recommended by Mike Wheeler

Hugely Rewarding - Mozart's 'Idomeneo' at Garsington Opera impresses Roderic Dunnett

Triumphant Janácek - 'Jenufa' in San Francisco impresses James Sohre

First Thoughts - Mike Wheeler reports on Beethoven at the 2016 Buxton Festival

Nabucco goes to War - Giuseppe Pennisi was in the audience in Rome

A Fine, Robust Performance - Handel's 'Israel in Egypt', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Musically Exceptional - San Francisco's starry Don Carlo, seen by James Sohre

Well Thought-out - Reiko Fujisawa plays Bach's Goldberg Variations, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Culturally Ambiguous - Tiara Ataii listens to British-Israeli countertenor Yaniv d'Or

A Polished Team - Heritage Opera's 'Don Giovanni', reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

Mixed Feelings - Mozart's 'Così fan tutte', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

 
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