Ensemble - classical concert reviews
Friday 29 July 2016

Josep Ramon Olivé  The Elias Quartet  Jackie Campbell  'Space in Sound' - Chigiana International Festival  Gloucester Cathedral. Photo © 2016 Keith Bramich

 

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

Not Entirely New - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences a double 'Barber of Seville' in Rome

Lucid Sense - Handel's 'Tamerlano' at Buxton, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Carmen Lite-ful (Rhymes with Frightful) - James Sohre sends the last of his reports from San Francisco

On Vibrant Form - Bellini's 'I Capuletti e I Montecchi' at the Buxton Festival, recommended by Mike Wheeler

Hugely Rewarding - Mozart's 'Idomeneo' at Garsington Opera impresses Roderic Dunnett

Triumphant Janácek - 'Jenůfa' in San Francisco impresses James Sohre

First Thoughts - Mike Wheeler reports on Beethoven at the 2016 Buxton Festival

Nabucco goes to War - Giuseppe Pennisi was in the audience in Rome

A Fine, Robust Performance - Handel's 'Israel in Egypt', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Musically Exceptional - San Francisco's starry Don Carlo, seen by James Sohre

Well Thought-out - Reiko Fujisawa plays Bach's Goldberg Variations, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Culturally Ambiguous - Tiara Ataii listens to British-Israeli countertenor Yaniv d'Or

A Polished Team - Heritage Opera's 'Don Giovanni', reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

Mixed Feelings - Mozart's 'Così fan tutte', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Divine Providence - Giuseppe Pennisi is impressed by Donizetti's religious opera 'Linda di Chamounix'

Creative Achievements - A seventieth birthday concert for Alexander Knapp, reviewed by Malcolm Miller

A Modern Tragedy - Salvatore Sciarrino's 'Luci mie traditrici', one of the most performed contemporary operas, finally reaches a major Italian opera house, by Giuseppe Pennisi

Highly Satisfying - Roderic Dunnett visits Longborough for Wagner's 'Tannhäuser'

Power and Eloquence - Mike Wheeler was at the culmination of Wagner's 'Ring' in Nottingham

Festive Sparkle - A concert to celebrate the ninetieth birthday of composer Joseph Horovitz, reviewed by Malcolm Miller

Shades of Real Gentleness - Mike Wheeler listens to Lars Cleveman as Siegfried in Nottingham

Handled with Brilliance - Opera North's 'Die Walküre' impresses Mike Wheeler

Fast Forward - Giuseppe Pennisi assesses three works at a contemporary music festival in Rome

Highly Effective - 'Das Rheingold' at Opera North, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Mellow Lyricism - Chabrier, Tchaikovsky, Rakhmaninov and Dukas from Alexandra Dariescu, Jamie Phillips and the Hallé Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler

High Fashion - A new production of 'La traviata' in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Stand-out Performers - Michael Landes attends an American Protégé winners' recital

A Delight - 'Albert Herring' in Florence impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Sharing the Honours - Rheinberger and Parry from the Sitwell Singers,, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Sonic Transparency - Fabien Gabel and the Royal Philharmonic impress Mike Wheeler

Turandot for Children - Giuseppe Pennisi investigates a Puccini production with one hundred and fifty performances in twelve months

A Dynamic Entity - Malcolm Miller reports on the 2016 BPSE Beethoven Chamber Music Competition

Somewhat Heavy-handed - Donizetti's 'Roberto Devereux', reviewed by Maria Nockin

Ask Alice - Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh on Wagner's 'Tannhäuser' at Covent Garden

A Winner - Derby Choral Union's anniversary concert, heard by Mike Wheeler

Sex and Murder - Giordano's 'La cena delle beffe', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Me and my Aunts - A Shakespeare celebration, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Waiting to be Unveiled - Clare Hammond plays new music by Robert Saxton, plus J S Bach, Beethoven, Szymanowski, Adès and Metner, heard by Mike Wheeler

A Difficult Score - The new critical edition of Puccini's 'La Fanciulla del West', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Vividly Coloured - Prokofiev from the BBC Philharmonic, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Precursor to Decadentism - Tchaikovsky's 'Iolanta' in Florence, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Sinopoli's Loneliness - A concert in memory of the Italian conductor, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

In Two Parts - Puccini's 'Il Trittico' as seen by Michieletto and Rustioni, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Fine Show - Madama Butterfly live in HD from New York, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Unmistakeably Italian - Alfredo Casella's fairy tale 'La Donna Serpente', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Particularly Sombre - Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra commemorate The Battle of the Somme, heard by Mike Wheeler

Mahler in Monte-Carlo - Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Printemps des Arts Festival

Distinctly Gallic - Rosanna Ter-Berg and Leo Nicholson, heard by Mike Wheeler

First 'Last Sonatas' - The first of three András Schiff recitals at London's Wigmore Hall whets Malcolm Miller's appetite

A Double Revival - Respighi's 'Sunken Bell' in Cagliari, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Sensitive Expression - Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut' live in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera impresses Maria Nockin

Warmth and Dignity - Mike Wheeler listens to the Derwent Singers

Genius and Intemperance - Berlioz's 'Benvenuto Cellini', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A 'Portable' Devil - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Pisa for Arrigo Boito's 'Mefistofele'

Unassuming Radiance - Mike Wheeler makes special mention of soprano Lisa Cassidy in Derby Bach Choir's Michael Haydn, Mozart and Joseph Haydn

Sincere Conversion - Mahler's 'Creation', heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Anti-romantic Opera - Opera North's 'Così fan tutte', recommended by Mike Wheeler

Visually Stunning - Giordano's 'Andrea Chénier', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

An Effervescent Delight - Donizetti's 'L'Elisir d'Amore' impresses Mike Wheeler

Haydn the subversive? - The Zelkova String Quartet, heard by Mike Wheeler

An Ambiguous Ending - Stravinsky, Sibelius and Shostakovich from Sophie Rosa and Derby Concert Orchestra, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Illuminating Details - Arrangements by Graham Hall, heard by Mike Wheeler

Monumental and Hieratic - Stravinsky's 'Oedipus Rex', recommended by Giuseppe Pennisi

Symphonic Thinking - Smetana, Bartók and Dvorák from Augustin Hadelich, Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Fabulous Night - Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields' musical 'Sweet Charity', strongly recommended by Alice McVeigh

A Great Success - Eleonora Abbagnato's 'Four Great Choreographers' at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, appreciated by Giuseppe Pennisi

Supreme Artistry - Nick van Bloss plays Beethoven, and impresses Andrew Schartmann

Vividly Characterised - A piano recital by Emmanuel Despax, heard by Mike Wheeler

A Different 'Norma' - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Naples

HOT 'Dream' in Honolulu - James Sohre reviews a Britten rarity

An Asian Fairytale - Puccini's 'Turandot' live in HD from New York, enjoyed by Maria Nockin

Rossini's Revenge - The first of three new 'Barber of Seville' productions marking the opera's bicentenary, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Carnival in Venice - Giuseppe Pennisi reviews Hervé's 'Les Chevaliers de la Table Ronde'

Wide-ranging Character - Andrew Dunlop, Ria Nolan and the Eblana String Trio, heard by Mike Wheeler

 
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