Ensemble - classical concert reviews
Friday 31 July 2015

Eudald Buch  The Schubert Ensemble  Maria Camahort. Photo © Heloise Faure  Stephen Barlow  Mary Bevan. Photo © Victoria Cadisch

 

Shifting Moods - Catalan pianist Eudald Buch at the Buxton Festival, heard by Mike Wheeler

Sense of Purpose - Schumann and Fauré from The Schubert Ensemble delight Mike Wheeler

Haunting Effect - Spanish and Catalan music from Maria Camahort and friends, heard by Mike Wheeler

Frustratingly Patchy - Charpentier's 'Louise', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Invigorating Music - Telemann, J S Bach and Handel from Mary Bevan and members of the English Concert, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

A Long Musical Summer - Giuseppe Pennisi attended the Chigiana International Festival in Siena

Poise and Elegance - Tchaikovsky and Mozart from the English Chamber Orchestra, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Positively Explosive - Verdi's 'La traviata' at Winslow Hall Opera, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

Refreshingly Inventive - A recital by Soraya Mafi and Ian Tindale captivates Mike Wheeler

Far from Traditional - Puccini operas in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

More than a Mere Curiosity - Verdi's 'Giovanna d'Arco', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Helmut Lachenmann at Eighty - Malcolm Miller attends a study day and concert in London

A Flawed Production - Mike Wheeler has some reservations with Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lammermoor' at Buxton

Grim and Shivery Intensity - Bizet's 'Carmen' at Nevill Holt Opera impresses Roderic Dunnett

General Tendencies - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Aix-en-Provence for three operas and an orchestral concert

Nicely Varied - Beethoven, Mozart, Crusell, Françaix and Schubert from members of Sinfonia Viva, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

A Gift Horse - Berlioz's 'Les Troyens' at San Francisco Opera brings tears to James Sohre's eyes

Bach the Borrower - Mike Wheeler listens to the Derwent Singers

Taking Flight? - Marco Tutino's 'Two Women (La Ciociara)', reviewed by James Sohre

Endlessly Memorable - Britten's 'Death in Venice' from Garsington Opera at Wormsley, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

Americans in Rome - Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia's Gershwin Gala, attended by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Remarkable Service - Saint-Saëns' 'Samson and Delilah' at Grange Park Opera, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

A Dark Lady - Tchaikovsky's 'Queen of Spades' appeals to Giuseppe Pennisi

A Special Aura - Malcolm Miller describes Goldsmith College's special tribute to Alexander Ivashkin

Visionary Creation - Alessandro Solbiati's 'Il Suono Giallo', enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Vividly Delivered - Tom Redmond's new spoken commentary to Britten's 'Young Person's Guide' impresses Mike Wheeler

An Imperial Festival - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Ravenna to hear Pierre Boulez, Adriano Guarnieri and Nicola Piovani

A Scintillating Evening - Szymanowski's 'King Roger' at Covent Garden, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

Eclectic and Attractive - Giorgio Battistelli's new opera for Expo Milano 2015 impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Infectiously Enjoyable - Anniversaries at The VoiceBox in Derby, by Mike Wheeler

A Posthumous Debut - Giorgio Strehler's 'Marriage of Figaro' finally reaches Rome, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Delicate Shadings - Noriko Ogawa, the Warsaw Philharmonic and Jacek Kaspszyk, heard by Mike Wheeler

A 3D Fairytale - Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' from Bologna impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

A Musical Homecoming - Myung-Whun Chung returns to Rome to conduct Beethoven and Mahler, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Somewhat Uneven - Cav and Pag in HD from Metropolitan Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Two Stages - Manfred Honeck conducts Mozart and Mahler, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Generally Confident - Handel, Haydn and Mozart from Derby Choral Union and the Heart of England Chamber Orchestra, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Troubles in Florence - Maggio Musicale Fiorentino's 'Fidelio' is performed under difficult conditions, described by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Long Nocturne - Giuseppe Pennisi describes an intimate 'Aida' in Rome

Freshness and Vitality - Mike Wheeler listens to the Czech Philharmonic

A Wealthy Maverick - Music by the French composer George Onslow, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Changing Moods - Haydn, Sibelius and Beethoven from the Dante Quartet impresses Mike Wheeler

A Timeless Message - 'Jenufa' at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Punchy Vigour - J S Bach's St Matthew Passion, heard by Mike Wheeler

Dramatic Temperament - 'Euridice' according to Salvatore Sciarrino, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

'Lucia' in the Madhouse - Giuseppe Pennisi attends a memorial to Luca Ronconi

Commitment and Insight - Ingrid Jacoby plays Mozart, Chopin, Brahms and Musorgsky, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Challenging, Versatile and Unexpected - Roderic Dunnett visits Hungarian State Opera

Viscerally Exciting - Mendelssohn, Pärt, Mozart and Beethoven from Samuel Jacobs, Sinfonia Viva and Duncan Ward, all impresses Mike Wheeler

A Box of Wonders - Printemps des Arts de Monte Carlo, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Undeniably Spellbinding - A cello and piano recital by Jessie Richardson and Simon Callaghan, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Undoubtedly Authentic - Rossini's 'La Donna del lago' delights Maria Nockin

Needle-sharp Vitality - Opera North's 'La Vida Breve', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Figaro to Treasure - Opera North's Mozart impresses Mike Wheeler

Nicely Varied - A seasonal programme from the Derwent Singers, heard by Mike Wheeler

A Fine Balance - Sophie Rosa plays Brahms' Violin Concerto, heard by Mike Wheeler

Gallic Elegance - Alexandra Soumm joins Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for music by Ginastera, Lalo, Telemann, Bizet and Ravel, impressing Mike Wheeler

Not to be Missed - The French ensemble Les Paladins, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Geological Imagery - Sinfonia Viva's schools residency project moves Mike Wheeler

A Philological 'Tosca' - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Rome

Vivid Evocation - Mark Bebbington plays Beethoven, Ireland, Chopin and Gershwin, heard by Mike Wheeler

Women are Stronger - Mozart's 'Lucio Silla' at La Scala, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Wonderfully Airborne - Christina McMaster plays Debussy, McKenzie, Crawford Seeger, Ives and Beethoven, and impresses Mike Wheeler

A Thought Provoking Combination - Iolanta and Bluebeard in high definition from New York, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Skillfully Adapted - Gluck's 'Orfeo e Euridice' in Palermo, in the Berlioz version, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

Generous Spirit - Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Nielsen from Katherine Watson, Gary Griffiths, Jian Wang, Nikolaj Znaider and the Hallé Orchestra, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Romantic Premonitions - Bellini's 'I Puritani', enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Wonderful Performance - Offenbach's 'The Tales of Hoffmann', live in HD from New York, impresses Maria Nockin

A Real Joy - 'Le Ventre de Paris', praised by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Fabulous Concert - Rachel Barton Pine's solo Paganini impresses Maria Nockin

An Unusual Reading - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences an icy Paris/Milan production of Monteverdi's 'L'incoronazione di Poppea'

Vigour and Freshness - Clarinettist Julian Bliss joins Andrew Gourlay and Sinfonia Viva, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

A Triumph - Hans Werner Henze's love for Italy, and 'Gisella!' in Palermo, by Giuseppe Pennisi

Modest Forces? - Keith Bramich listens to the first performance by a young conductor and his new orchestra

Winning Flexibility - A recital by Agnieszka Kozlowska and Beate Toyka, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Good Fit - Dénes Várjon's Nottingham piano recital, praised by Mike Wheeler

The War is Always On - Zimmermann's 'Die Soldaten' in Milan, enthralls Giuseppe Pennisi

Something More Fluid - Mike Wheeler listens to Stephen Johnson 'discovering music', and to the BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena

Werther's Dream World - Willy Decker's production of Massenet's opera finally reaches Rome, by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Stage Direction to Forget - Verdi's 'Un ballo in maschera' in Bologna, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

 
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