Ensemble - classical concert reviews
Thursday 19 January 2017

Nicholas Collon. Photo © Jim Hinson  Raffaele Pé and Giada Frasconi in Leonardo Vinci's 'Didone Abbandonata' in Florence. Photo © 2017 Pietro Paolini  Plácido Domingo in Verdi's 'Nabucco' at New York Metropolitan Opera. Photo © 2016 Marty Sohl  Lauren Marshall talking about her National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain commission 'Suspended between earth and air'  Sofia Fomina and Michaela Selinger in 'Die Fledermaus' at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Photo © 2017 Musacchio & Ianniello

 

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

Rossini on a Movie Set - 'Il Turco in Italia' and 'Ciro in Babilonia' at the Rossini Opera Festival, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Fighting for Justice - Florieke Beelen, Ensemble 10/10 and Clark Rundell, heard by Mike Wheeler

Most Entertaining - Peter Eötvös' 'The Golden Dragon' impresses Mike Wheeler

The Treasured Crown - Roderic Dunnett reports in depth on last month's Three Choirs Festival at Gloucester

An Engrossing Idea - Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro for an original and moving 'La Donna del Lago'

An Attractive Programme - Baroque music and English string classics from the Northern Chamber Orchestra, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Player to be reckoned with - Organ music from Richard Hills, heard by Mike Wheeler

Eros and Philosophy - Giuseppe Pennisi's last report from this year's Salzburg Festival features a new production of Mozart's 'Così fan tutte'

Starving for Gold - Giuseppe Pennisi gets a rare chance to hear Richard Strauss' 'Der Liebe der Danae'

Tonal Clarity - An organ recital by Daniel Gottfried impresses Mike Wheeler

Sparkle and Brilliance - An exploration of the celebration and imitation of national styles, heard by Mike Wheeler

A Great Success - Spiritual and religious music at the Salzburg Festival, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Captivating Evening - Vivaldi's 'La Sena Festeggiante', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Crossing the Threshold - Giuseppe Pennisi, reporting from Salzburg, finds the first performance of Thomas Adès' new opera 'The Exterminating Angel' even more engrossing than Luis Bunuel

Resonant Baritone - Mike Wheeler describes Josep-Ramon Olivé and Ben-San Lau's Buxton debut

Magical Stillness - The Elias Quartet plays at Buxton, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Ferocious Energy - Jackie Campbell's piano recital at Buxton, heard by Mike Wheeler

Old and New - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Siena's Chigiana International Festival

Deliciously Romanticised - Keith Bramich attends the first evening concert of the 2016 Gloucester Three Choirs Festival

Refined Phrasing - Gemma Lois Summerfield and Sebastian Whybrew at Buxton impress Mike Wheeler

 
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