Ensemble - classical concert reviews
Friday 25 July 2014

Robert Quinney  Nikolai Demidenko. Photo © Kirill Bachkirov  Gioacchino Rossini  Stephen Barlow  Roy Massey

 

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

Decadent and Sarcastic - A Zemlinsky-Puccini double bill in Turin, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

An Interesting Idea - Opera North's 'From Paris with Love', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Depth and Elegance - Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Printemps des Arts in Monte Carlo

Magnificently Sonorous - Brahms, Dvorák and Rimsky-Korsakov from the Derby Concert Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler

Exploration and Discovery - 'Die Frau Ohne Schatten' at Covent Garden, reviewed by Alice McVeigh

Constantly Knitting - Mike Wheeler was at Opera North's Verdi Macbeth

High Spirits - The Piatti String Quartet, heard by Mike Wheeler

Overload - A long evening with the Cleveland Orchestra, described by Suzanne Torrey

Mount Olympus - Andrew Schartmann listens to Evgeny Kissin

A Sense of Unwinding - Roderic Dunnett marvels at Henze's Boulevard Solitude

Beautifully Presented - The Heron Piano Quartet, recommended by Alice McVeigh

Rather Classical - Silvia Colasanti's 'La Metamorfosi', experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Composer of Note - Graham Waterhouse receives standing ovations at Munich's Gasteig, by Tess Crebbin

Full Value - The Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler

Beautifully Spun - Steven Osborne's Prokofiev, Ravel and Rachmaninov impress Keith Bramich

A Spirited Reading - Traviata at Arizona Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin

A Joint Project - Sinfonia Viva's annual schools' residency, experienced by Mike Wheeler

Truly Memorable - Power, technology and sex in Rimsky Korsakov's 'The Tsar's Bride', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Guitar and Cello - Maria Nockin listens to Eliot Fisk and Yehuda Hanani

Particularly Well Suited - Sasha Cooke saves the day in Cleveland, by Suzanne Torrey

A Double Melodrama - Giuseppe Pennisi was at Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut', performed under difficult conditions in Rome

Quite Different - A special 'Otello', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Compelling Overall Experience - Mike Wheeler listens to Italian pianist Leonora Armellini

Deeper Probings - A recital by Jong-Gyung Park, heard by Mike Wheeler

A Tremendous Success - Rome's 'Controtempo' contemporary music festival, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

Expressive Nuances - Holst, Mozart and Sibelius from Tasmin Little and the European Union Chamber Orchestra, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Scruff-of-the-neck Treatment - Sibelius and Mendelssohn from Nottingham Harmonic Choir, heard by Mike Wheeler

Cogent Achievements - Peter Maxwell Davies' tenth symphony and other British music, heard by Roderic Dunnett

Crisp Elegance - Chamber music in Arizona, heard by Maria Nockin

Deep Expression - Mozart, Mendelssohn and Elgar from the Cleveland Orchestra, heard by Suzanne Torrey

 
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