Ensemble - classical concert reviews
Tuesday 28 April 2015

George Onslow  The Dante Quartet. Photo © Phillip Pratt  Andrea Dankova in Janáček's 'Jenůfa' at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Photo © 2015 Rocco Casaluci  James Oxley. Photo © Faye Thomas  Barbara Hannigan, Antonio Pappano and Salvatore Sciarrino receiving applause for Sciarrino's 'La nuova Euridice secondo Rilke' at Rome's Parco della Musica auditorium. Photo © 2015 Riccardo Musacchio and Flavio Ianniello

 

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

Amersterdam: Lohengrin Lite - James Sohre reports on Pierre Audi's production for Netherlands Opera

Highly Successful - Roderic Dunnett looks back to Worcester's 2014 Three Choirs Festival, and forward to Hereford's Festival in July 2015

True Passion - 'Traviata' on the lagoon, by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Bold Decision - 'Il Trovatore in Naples', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Unmistakably French - Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Fresh and Unusual - The Sitwell Singers at Christmas, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

A Pleasant Change - Derby Choral Union's Christmas Concert, heard by Mike Wheeler

Sizeable Shoes - Peter Gould's last 'Messiah' performance as Derby Cathedral's Master of the Music, heard by Mike Wheeler

Music on the Move - Derby Concert Orchestra at Christmas, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Modern, Technically-endowed Triumph - 'Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg' in HD from New York on 17 December impresses Maria Nockin

Poise and Freshness - Haydn, Mozart and Janácek from the Jubilee String Quartet, heard by Mike Wheeler

Tragedy to Come - Maria Nockin experiences one of this era's best productions of 'Carmen', live in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera

The Ambiguity of 'Fidelio' - Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of La Scala's opera season

Back in the Lagoon - Giuseppe Pennisi visits La Fenice for Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra'

Thoughtful Engagement - Monteverdi's 'Coronation of Poppaea', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Great Deal of Fun - Maria Nockin enjoys Rossini's 'Barber of Seville' in HD from New York

Greater Depth - 'La Traviata' at Opera North, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Versatility and Intelligence - Balázs Kovalik's new production of 'Die Frau Ohne Schatten' at Opera Leipzig fascinates Roderic Dunnett

Eye-popping Delight - Smetana's 'The Bartered Bride' impresses Mike Wheeler

Engrossing Performance - Dvorák's 'Rusalka' in Rome impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Simply Magical - Mike Wheeler listens to pianist Francesco Piemontesi

An Involving Account - A visit from Die Marienkantorei, Osnabrück, heard by Mike Wheeler

Wider Focus - Derby Bach Choir's 'Concert for Peace', heard by Mike Wheeler

An Enthralling Performance - Ji Liu plays Bach's Goldberg Variations, heard by Mike Wheeler

A Very Joyful Production - Benjamin Britten's 'Albert Herring' at Hampstead Garden Opera impresses Alice McVeigh

Eros and Gospels - Giuseppe Pennisi was in Naples for Richard Strauss' 'Salome'

Spine-tingling - Mike Wheeler is impressed by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen on tour

Melting Rhapsody - Malcolm Miller enjoys Jack Liebeck and Danny Driver's 'Hebrew Melody' recital, plus a recital by David Aaron Carpenter

Barnstorming Mendelssohn - Mike Wheeler listens to the Aquinas Piano Trio

Focused Tone - Lyadov and Tchaikovsky from Leticia Moreno, Yuri Temirkanov and the St Petersburg Philharmonic impress Mike Wheeler

A Musical Polymath - Peter Dickinson's eightieth birthday concert, enjoyed by Malcolm Miller

Troubles in Rome - Verdi's Rigoletto, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

On the Mountain Top - Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening concert of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia's season

Human Tragedy - Stefano Ranzani conducts Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Great Privilege - Mozart's Marriage of Figaro live in HD from the New York Met, experienced by Maria Nockin

Bringing Together - Roderic Dunnett visits James MacMillan's Cumnock Tryst

Welcome Rarities - James Sohre enjoyed his visit to Wexford Festival Opera

High Fives - Mike Wheeler listens to Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra and to the NAC Wind Quintet

Exuberance in Reserve - A wide-ranging programme from Christopher Stripp and Lucy Colquhoun, heard by Mike Wheeler

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

 
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