Ensemble - classical concert reviews
Sunday 26 February 2017

A scene from Tchaikovsky's 'Čarodejka' at Teatro San Carlo di Napoli. Photo © 2017 Luciano Romano  Kati Debretzeni. Photo © Joe Plommer  Ingrid Jacoby  Andrea Dankova as Janáček's 'Kát'a Kabanová' at Teatro Regio Torino. Photo © 2017 Ramella & Giannese  O Duo -  Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox

 

Sex, Blood and Power - Tchaikovsky's 'The Enchantress', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Listening with Fresh Ears - A little-known version of the 'Italian Symphony' plus other music by Mendelssohn and Berlioz, from Sarah Connolly, Kati Debretzeni and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, intrigues Malcolm Miller

Nicely Unusual - Ingrid Jacoby plays Ponce, Fauré, Debussy and Musorgsky, and impresses Mike Wheeler

Tenderness and Hatred - Janácek's 'Kát'a Kabanová' in Turin impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Dancing Vigour - Percussionists Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox, appreciated by Mike Wheeler

A Cause for Celebration - 'Mechanical Advantage', Sinfonia Viva's latest Schools Residency, described by Mike Wheeler

The Mercy of God - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Robert Schumann's oratorio 'Das Paradies und die Peri'

Reviving Rossini's Tancredi - Margaret Darby reports from Opera Philadelphia

An Attractive Sound-world - Mike Wheeler listens to the Thorne Trio

Inner Struggle - Giuseppe Pennisi watches and listens to Tchaikovsky's 'Sleeping Beauty'

Elegantly Presented - Mike Wheeler listens to pianist Ji Liu

Full of Irony - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences a different 'Sleeping Beauty', Ottorino Respighi's 'La Bella Addormentata nel Bosco', at the Lyric Theatre in Cagliari

Irridescent Colours - Copland, Ravel and Gershwin from Steven Osborne, the Hallé Orchestra and Louis Langrée, heard by Mike Wheeler

Tannhäuser in the Dark - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Venice, one of Richard Wagner's favourite cities

A Spectacular Show - Charles Gounod's 'Romeo and Juliet' live in high definition from New York Metropolitan Opera impresses Maria Nockin

Sex and Power - Verdi's 'Macbeth' in Palermo, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Harmonious in Every Sense - Alice McVeigh explains why 'Der Rosenkavalier' at Covent Garden couldn't have been bettered in any department

Terrific Movement and Zip - Opera Warwick's 'Die Fledermaus', reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

A Controversial Così - Giuseppe Pennisi was in the audience at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

Compellingly Memorable - Schubert and Liszt from Ian Tindale and Nick Pritchard impress Mike Wheeler

Genuinely Hard-won - Mike Wheeler listens to Nicholas Collon and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra playing Shostakovich's Eighth Symphony, preceded by Stephen Johnson's illustrated introduction

A Great Revival - Leonardo Vinci and Pietro Metastasio's 'Didone Abbandonata', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Choral Opera - Verdi's 'Nabucco' in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin

A Stunning Display - Mike Wheeler is impressed by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain playing Lauren Marshall, Brett Dean, Szymanowski and Rachmaninov

Two Bats - 'Die Fledermaus' on Twelfth Night, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A New Year's Eve with 'Die Fledermaus' - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Rome

All the Magic of the Original - Piano arrangements played by Jenny Lin, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Big-band Jazz and Choral Traditions - Mike Wheeler listens to music by Will Todd and Nils Lindberg, performed by Derby Choral Union with the Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra

Idiomatically Handled - The Sitwell Singers' Christmas Concert impresses Mike Wheeler

Airy and Light - Handel's 'Messiah' from Hugh Morris and Derby Cathedral Choir, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

A Dark 'Trovatore' - Giuseppe Pennisi reports on Verdi from Cagliari

Lines of Blue Light - Kaija Saariaho's opera 'L'amour de loin', live in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, impresses Maria Nockin

Sensitive Handling - Tchaikovsky, Delius and Brahms from the Villiers String Quartet, heard by Mike Wheeler

Well Scrubbed-up and Dapper - Sinfonia Viva and conductor Duncan Ward, with guest soloists Cordelia Williams and Alice Zawadzki, leave a deep impression on Mike Wheeler

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

 
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