Ensemble - classical concert reviews
Monday 30 November 2015

Veronica Simeoni in Hans Werner Henze's 'The Bassarids' at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Photo © 2015 Yasuko Kageyama  David Butt Philip and Ylva Kihlberg in Opera North's 'Jenůfa'. Photo © 2015 Richard H Smith  Paul Appleby in Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' at San Francisco Opera. Photo © 2015 Cory Weaver  Katie Bray as Rosina in Opera North's 'The Barber of Seville'. Photo © 2015 Tristram Kenton  A scene from Act II of Mozart's 'Idomeneo' at La Fenice. Photo © 2015 Michele Crosera


Enthralling Music - Hans Werner Henze's 'The Bassarids', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

An Overwhelming Theatrical Experience - Opera North brings Janácek's 'Jenufa' to Nottingham, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Unique Enchantment - Mozart's Magic Flute at San Francisco Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin

Exuberant Delight - Opera North's 'The Barber of Seville', enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Luxuriant Orchestration - Mozart's 'Idomeneo', heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Druid Priestess Conquers LA - James Sohre is impressed by Bellini's 'Norma'

An International Co-production - Donizetti's 'Don Pasquale' impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Refreshingly Wide-ranging - A recital by Korean pianist Jenna Sung, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

The Downfall - Richard Strauss' 'Elektra' in Bologna, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Well Served - Mike Wheeler listens to Joo Yeon Sir and Irina Andrievsky

Dramatic Values - Richard Wagner's 'Tannhäuser', live in HD from New York, reviewed by Maria Nockin

A Gripping Account - Derby Bach Choir sings Elgar's 'The Dream of Gerontius', and impresses Mike Wheeler

To the glory of St John Paul II - Giuseppe Pennisi samples The Vatican's recent festival of sacred music and art

Vocal Chamber Music - Mike Wheeler is impressed by Mosaic at Derby Cathedral

Accolades and Ovations - Antonio Pappano's 'Beethoven and the Contemporaries', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Enduring Fascination - Berlioz and Tchaikovsky from Lawrence Power, the Hallé Orchestra and Ryan Wigglesworth, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Towards the Abyss - Alban Berg's 'Wozzeck' at La Scala, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Two Ballets - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences a new dance in Rome

Superstars - Bromley Youth Music Trust's 'West Side Story' impresses Alice McVeigh

Truth and Loyalty - Verdi's 'Otello', live in HD from New York impresses Maria Nockin

Sacred and Profane - Symphonies, cantatas and concertos by J S Bach, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Sensitive Handling - Brahms, Elgar and Beethoven from the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra impress Mike Wheeler

A Compelling Musical Experience - Beethoven, Bartók and Tchaikovsky from the Eeden Quartet, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Close to Perfection - 'Il Trovatore' live in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin

The End of Utopia - 'The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny' by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Finely-Judged - Mike Wheeler listens to most of a piano recital by Ashley Wass

Woman for all Seasons - Gerald Fenech returns to Festival Maribor in Slovenia

Bit of Rough? - Belinda Sykes and Joglaresa in Nottingham, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

A Turning Point - The first in a series of orchestral concerts in Rome, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Bloody Good Time - James Sohre enjoyed Stephen Sondheim's 'Sweeney Todd' at San Francisco Opera

Musical Integrity - Sunwook Kim and the Hallé Orchestra play Rachmaninov, and impress Mike Wheeler

Unjustly Neglected - Rare Verdi, well done in San Francisco, reported by James Sohre

An Outstanding Success - The Tallis Scholars celebrate Arvo Pärt's eightieth birthday at Italy's Sagra Musicale Umbra, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

A High Level - German operas at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

Les Dissonances - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Bucharest

Music for the Brave Organist - Mike Wheeler listens to David Liddle's recital at Derby Cathedral

A Higher Standard - Malcolm Miller reports from the Wigmore Hall / Kohn Foundation International Song Competition

Intricately Tuneful - Giuseppe Pennisi reviews John Adams' opera 'I Was looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky'

With You, Armenia - Giuseppe Pennisi was present when La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra visited Rome

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

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