Ensemble - classical concert reviews
Sunday 26 October 2014

Anna Netrebko in Verdi's 'Macbeth' at New York Metropolitan Opera. Photo © 2014 Marty Sohl  Paul Lewis  Stuart Skelton and Leah Crocetto in Verdi's 'Otello' at English National Opera. Photo © 2014 Alastair Muir  Johannes Brahms. Photo © 1889 C Brasch  A scene from Verdi's 'La forza del destino' at Teatro Regio di Parma. Photo © 2014 Roberto Ricci

 

Wildly Beautiful - Witches dressed as village ladies of the 1950s as New York Metropolitan Opera begins its HD broadcast season with Verdi's Macbeth, described by Maria Nockin

Genuine Elation - Brahms, Wagner and Sibelius from Nottingham, heard by Mike Wheeler

Resplendent Performances - Verdi's Otello launches English National Opera's 2014-15 season in David Alden's new production, reported by Malcolm Miller

Expressive Power - Brahms in an early music context, heard by Mike Wheeler

God's Forgiveness - A journey to the Almighty with Verdi's 'The Force of Destiny', highly rated by Giuseppe Pennisi

Sex and Violence - Graham Vick's 'Don Giovanni', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Full of Irony - De Giosa's 'Don Checco', heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Thin Connection - Purcell's 'King Arthur' travels to Italy, and is experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

Disarming Ease - The New Zealand String Quartet impresses Howard Smith

Certainly Nimble - Mike Wheeler listens to pianist Antony Peebles

Extraordinary Artistic Freedom - The Francesco Siciliani Prize at Sagra Musicale Umbra, by Giuseppe Pennisi

Tolerance and Enlightenment - 'Die Entführung aus dem Serail' at Sagra Musicale Umbra enthralls Giuseppe Pennisi

Sorrows of Young Rossini - Giuseppe Pennisi sends a second report from the 2014 Rossini Opera Festival

Avant-garde and Fun - 'The Barber of Seville' at the Rossini Opera Festival, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Held Spellbound - Haydn's 'Die Schöpfung' in Wellington, New Zealand, heard by Howard Smith

A Big Statement - Peter Gould's last full-scale organ recital as Master of the Music at Derby Cathedral impresses Mike Wheeler

Thoroughly Delightful - Maria Nockin visits Santa Fe Opera and experiences all of their 2014 productions

Musicianship and Restraint - Tom Corfield's organ playing impresses Tony Westerman

Daring and Bold - 'Madama Butterfly' and 'Il Trittico' at the Puccini Festival, discussed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Considerable Beauty - An organ recital by John Hosking, heard by Tony Westerman

Rosenkavalier at War - Richard Strauss at Salzburg, with Giuseppe Pennisi

Sharply Focused - John Scott at the organ of Derby Cathedral delights Mike Wheeler

Spectral Music - Women and War at the Salzburg Festival, by Giuseppe Pennisi

An Annual Event? - Cathedral organ high jinks from Peter Gould, Tom Corfield, Christopher Johns, Sachin Gunga and Ben Bloor, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Religious Confrontation - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences Salzburg Festival's 'Ouverture spirituelle'

Admirably Projected - Simon Hogan plays the organ at Derby Cathedral, impressing Tom Corfield

Smiles All Round - Fawzi Haimor conducts Sinfonia Viva and impresses Mike Wheeler

Nature and Sentiment - Wagner's 'Ring' at the Tyroler Festspiele Erl impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Out of this World - Cuban pianist Marcos Madrigal plays Schumann, Beethoven, Poulenc, de Séverac and Lecuona, heard by Bill Newman

Completely Bonkers - H K Gruber's 'Gloria - A Pigtale', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Deftly Handled - Robert Quinney at the organ of Derby Cathedral, heard by Mike Wheeler

Full Marks - Bill Newman listens to Nikolai Demidenko

Fatally Compromised - Rossini's 'Otello', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Whipped Cream - Buxton Festival's 2014 Opera Gala, attended by Mike Wheeler

Sparkling Performances - Organist Roy Massey visits Derby Cathedral, heard by Mike Wheeler

Celebratory and Ambiguous - Mozart, Judith Weir and Ravel from the Lawson Trio at Buxton, heard by Mike Wheeler

A Gasparini Renaissance - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences 'Il Bajazet'

Steely Force - A devastatingly fresh take on 'Orfeo ed Eurydice', admired by Mike Wheeler

Delicate Sensitivity - The Innovation Chamber Ensemble at Buxton, heard by Mike Wheeler

Dramatic Weaknesses - Dvorák's 'The Jacobin', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Consummate Professionalism - Nigel Ogden begins Derby Cathedral's series of summer organ recitals, heard by Mike Wheeler

More Powerful - 'Carmen' in Bizet's original version, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Pure Entertainment - Roderic Dunnett visits Garsington Opera at Wormsley

Light of Hope - Palermo's mixed reception to an innovative 'Norma', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Orchestral Showpieces - Cristian Mandeal conducts the Hallé Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler

Orpheus versus Orpheus - Giuseppe Pennisi enjoys 'Orfeo e Euridice' at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and surveys the different versions of Gluck's opera

Champagne not Orange Juice - Prokofiev's 'The Love of Three Oranges', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Dazzling Ninety Minutes - 'The Cunning Little Vixen', enjoyed by Kelly Ferjutz

Ask Alice - On 'Dialogues des Carmelites' at Covent Garden, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Phew! - Mahler's Ninth Symphony from Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra impresses Mike Wheeler

A Veritable Spectacle - Smetana's 'The Bartered Bride', enjoyed by Roderic Dunnett

From chains to the Almighty - Twentieth century operas in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Worthy Cause - Diederick Potgieter plays Busoni/Bach, Beethoven and Liszt, heard by Malcolm Miller

Collective Virtuosity - Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov and Britten from Natalie Clein, the Moscow Philharmonic and Yuri Simonov, heard by Mike Wheeler

Existential Tragedy - A new Italian production of Don Giovanni, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Mesmerising Power - Julian Anderson's new opera 'Thebans', reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

Near Perfect - Rossini's 'La Cenerentola', reviewed by Maria Nockin

Carefully Mixed - Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore in Rome, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Growing Together - Vorisek in the North Downs, heard by Keith Bramich

Convincingly Integrated - Sibelius, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky from the Philharmonia Orchestra impress Mike Wheeler

Metaphysical Realm - Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde' impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Truly Exquisite - Mozart's Così fan tutte, live in high definition from New York, enjoyed by Maria Nockin

Passage from Anger - Andrea Molino's Qui non c'è perché impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Utterly Idiomatic - Roderic Dunnett listens to vocal and choral music in Kiev

Capably Sung - J S Bach's St John Passion in Derby Cathedral, heard by Mike Wheeler

Deeply Gratifying - The first performance of Ian Venables' new clarinet quintet, heard by Roderic Dunnett

Passionate Tones - La bohème in HD from The Met, appreciated by Maria Nockin

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

 
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