Ensemble - classical concert reviews
Monday 31 August 2015

Isabel Leonard and Nathan Gunn in Jennifer Higdon's 'Cold Mountain' at Santa Fe Opera. Photo © 2015 Ken Howard  Giorgia Jarman in Verdi's 'Rigoletto' at Santa Fe Opera. Photo © 2015 Ken Howard  Carlo Lepore and Vassilis Kavayas in 'L'Inganno Felice' at the 2015 Rossini Opera Festival  Portrait of Antonio Salieri by Joseph Willibrod Mähler  Anna Christie in Donizetti's 'La fille du régiment' at Santa Fe Opera. Photo © 2013 Ken Howard

 

Santa Fe's Mountain Tops - Jennifer Higdon's 'Cold Mountain' impresses James Sohre

Big Voices - Verdi's 'Rigoletto' from Santa Fe, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Semi-serious Rossini - Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro

A Gift for the Bizarre - Salieri operas in England impress Roderic Dunnett

Constant Motion - Donizetti's 'La fille du régiment' at Santa Fe Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Intense and Moving - Opera at the Salzburg Summer Festival, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Scintillating Overtones - Maria Nockin describes the best 'Salome' she's seen in a decade

Vocal Fireworks - Mozart's 'La Finta Giardiniera' from Santa Fe delights Maria Nockin

Celebrating Pierre Boulez - Giuseppe Pennisi continues his reports from the Salzburg Summer Festival

Meeting between Civilizations? - Wolfgang Rihm's 'Die Eroberung von Mexico', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Alleged Dances - Psappha at the Buxton Festival, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Understated Power - Roderick Williams and Susie Allan at the Buxton Festival impress Mike Wheeler

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

 
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