Ensemble - classical concert reviews
Monday 16 July 2018

Siv Iren Misund in Verdi's 'Il Trovatore' at Winslow Hall Opera. Photo © 2018 Matthew Williams-Ellis  Elin Pritchard in Donizetti's 'The Daughter of the Regiment' at the Buxton Festival. Photo © 2018 Robert Workman  Paul Nilon in Mozart's 'Idomeneo' at the Buxton Festival. Photo © 2018 Richard Hubert Smith  Jung Soo Yun and Kate Ladner in Verdi's 'Alzira' at Buxton Festival. Photo © 2018 Richard Hubert Smith  Hungarian mezzo Zsófia Kálnay

 

Pure Joy - Roderic Dunnett visits Winslow Hall Opera for Verdi's 'Il Trovatore'

'Opéra comique' meets 'Easy Rider' - Mike Wheeler reports from Buxton on Opera Della Luna's 'The Daughter of the Regiment'

A Potent Realisation - Mozart's 'Idomeneo' at the Buxton Festival, heard by Mike Wheeler

Compact and Fast-moving - Verdi's 'Alzira' at the Buxton Festival impresses Mike Wheeler

Rossini in The Quarry - 'The Barber of Seville' at an unusual venue in Hungary, praised by Anett Fodor

References to Fellini - 'La Traviata' in 'La Dolce Vita', by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Pleasure Garden - Two summer concerts on an evening in Rome, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Daily Puccini - Malcolm Miller enjoys an opera lollipop recital in the city of the composer's birth

Richness of the Score - Puccini's 'La bohème' in Rome, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Refreshing Novelty - Marimba duo G-Mizz, heard by Mike Wheeler

Playing The Long Game - Mahler's 'Resurrection' Symphony from Jamie Phillips and the Hallé Orchestra impresses Mike Wheeler

Boundless Energy - Hungarian pianist János Balázs and the Cziffra Festival Chamber Orchestra, heard in Bratislava by Anett Fodor

Unaffected Directness - A song recital by Curran Doherty and Edward Turner, heard by Mike Wheeler

Intrigue, Amusement and Confusion - Keith Bramich is impressed by Covent Garden's new production of Wagner's 'Lohengrin'

Showing the Wild Side - A clarinet and piano recital by Hannah Gobbett and Hugh Morris, entertains Mike Wheeler

American Light Opera - Opera North enthralls the audience at the Ravenna Festival in Cole Porter's 'Kiss me Kate', by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Timeless Staging - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Bologna for a very political 'Don Carlo'

Highly Promising Talent - Katie Gilbert, Esther Beard and Edward Leung at Derby Cathedral, heard by Mike Wheeler

The Endless Darkness of Light - Adriano Guarnieri's new opera at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

Gut-wrenching Performance - Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich from Arabella Steinbacher, Michael Sanderling and the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler

A Fantastic Story - The children's opera 'Shackleton's Cat', enjoyed by Roderic Dunnett

Vaguely Supernatural - George Benjamin's 'Lessons in Love and Violence' at Covent Garden, heard by Alice McVeigh

A Different 'Manon' - Kenneth McMillan's ballet on Massenet's music arrives in Rome, enthralling Giuseppe Pennisi

Aural Perspective - A visit from Osnabrück by the Marienkantorei, for Elgar, Rheinberger and Mendelssohn, heard by Mike Wheeler

An Odd Couple - A Hindemith and Mascagni double bill in Cagliari, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Hugely Talented - Haydn and Tchaikovsky Sonatas from Russian pianist Roman Kosyakov, heard by Mike Wheeler

Long Overdue - Giuseppe Pennisi was in the audience for the first performance in Rome of Benjamin Britten's 'Billy Budd'

Stravinskian Credentials - Rossini, Poulenc and Saint-Saëns from Nottingham Harmonic Choir and the Hallé Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler

Born Again - Hindemith's 'Cardillac' at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Never a Dull Moment - Jules Massenet's 'Cendrillon', live in high definition from New York Metropolitan Opera, impresses Maria Nockin

Puppyish Ebullience - Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Dushkin, Bob Marley, Coleridge-Taylor and Monti from the Kanneh-Mason Trio, heard by Mike Wheeler

Vigorously Rhetorical - A piano recital by Martin James Bartlett, heard by Mike Wheeler

Is 'Carmen' for Children? - Giuseppe Pennisi attends a special Opera Domani performance

Boldly Presented - Martin Cousin's piano recital for Derby Chamber Music, heard by Mike Wheeler

Engagingly Springy - The European Union Chamber Orchestra in Nottingham impresses Mike Wheeler

Blood and Orgasms - Dmitri Shostakovich's 'Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District' in Naples, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Rare Bird - Riccardo Zandonai's 'Francesca da Rimini' at La Scala, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Appealing and Dramatic - Verdi's 'Luisa Miller' live in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin

Revival or World Premiere? - 'I Puritani in Palermo', heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Protests in Rome - A mixed reception for 'Cav and Pag' at Teatro dell'Opera, by Giuseppe Pennisi

Well Conveyed - Stainer, Tavener, Ireland, Matthew Martin and Vaughan Williams from Derby Choral Union, heard by Mike Wheeler

A Deep Impression - Less well-known music for oboe and piano played by James Turnbull and Libby Burgess, appreciated by Mike Wheeler

A Compelling Production - Verdi's 'Un Ballo in Maschera' at Opera North, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Choral Interventions - Wagner's 'Der fliegende Holländer' at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Hugely Promising - Frank Zielhorst steps in as Principal Conductor of Sinfonia Viva, impressing Mike Wheeler

An Exciting Whirlwind - Constantinos Carydis conducts Russian and Greek music in Rome, impressing Giuseppe Pennisi

Panto Flavour - Alessandro Talevi's time-travelling, Punch-and-Judy, rock-'n'-roll production of 'Don Giovanni' for Opera North has been back on the road. Mike Wheeler re-visited it in Nottingham

Sex and Modernism - A triptych of modern ballets, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Nasty Tale - Opera North's 'Madama Butterfly', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Rarely more than Loosely Acted - Maria Nockin reviews John Copley's production of Rossini's 'Semiramide' in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, without Copley

A Serious Miscalculation - Music for choir and saxophone, heard by Mike Wheeler

Bracing Energy - Beethoven and Tchaikovsky from Pavel Kolesnikov, Vassily Sinaisky and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra impress Mike Wheeler

Faith and Revolution - Poulenc's 'Dialogues des Carmélites' in Bologna, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Pungent Melancholy - Derby Concert Orchestra plays Rimsky-Korsakov, Sibelius, Dvorák and Tchaikovsky, heard by Mike Wheeler

A Short Bittersweet Opera - Stravinsky's 'A Soldier's Tale', heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Pure Joy - Puccini's 'La bohème' in high definition from New York Metropolitan Opera, heard by Maria Nockin

Bold and Daring - Contrasting Busoni and Puccini in Cagliari, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Lucid Sound-world - Mendelssohn, Brahms and Beethoven from Viviane Hagner, Karina Canellakis and the Hallé Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler

Late Romanticism - Giuseppe Pennisi is moved by Richard Strauss and Schoenberg played by the Stradivari Sextet

Carnal Passion and Religion - Giuseppe Pennisi is more impressed by the musical than the visual aspects of Donizetti's 'La favorite' in Florence

Calm Authority - A recital by young British-Turkish pianist Lara Melda impresses Mike Wheeler

A Slice of Life - Giuseppe Pennisi is impressed with the first performance of Marco Tutino's 'Miseria e Nobilità'

A Worthy Successor - Tomáš Netopil steps in to conduct the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Nottingham, impressing Mike Wheeler

A Doll's House - A new production of Bellini's 'La Sonnambula', experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Brisk Pace - L'Elisir d'Amore, live in HD from New York, reviewed by Maria Nockin

A Whirlwind of Slapstick - French Carnival Operettas in Venice, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Deeply Involving - Haydn, Britten and Schubert from The Alke String Quartet, heard by Mike Wheeler

Angel of the Apocalypse - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Messiaen in Rome

Traditional Settings - Puccini's 'Tosca' in high definition at New York Metropolitan Opera impresses Maria Nockin

Tender and Charming - Lisa Batiashvili plays Prokofiev, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Mathematical Advantage - Sinfonia Viva's annual schools residency, experienced by Mike Wheeler

Lively and Joyful - Vivaldi, J S Bach and Handel from The Sixteen, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Debussy Perspective - Giuseppe Pennisi samples a concert series marking the one hundredth anniversary of the French composer's death

A Fascinating Programme - Dina Duisen plays Beethoven, Chopin, Saint-Saëns, Liszt and Nagim Mendygaliev, impressing Mike Wheeler

Bartók Pizzicato Gun Shots - Vivaldi, Edgar Meyer and Beethoven from Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields impress Mike Wheeler

Romanticism and Rock - Lalo and Pink Floyd ballets in Rome, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Dramatic Passion - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Bernardo Pasquini's 'La Sete di Cristo'

A Gradual Maturing - Giuseppe Pennisi describes the recent performance history of Rossini's 'William Tell' and reviews Palermo's 2018 production

Strongly Projected - A piano recital by Colin Stone for Derby Chamber Music impresses Mike Wheeler

Bandits in Rome - Giuseppe Pennisi describes the stormy reaction to Verdi's 'I Masnadieri'

 
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