Ensemble - classical concert reviews
Friday 12 February 2016

Ingrid Perruche in Hervé's 'Les Chevaliers de la Table Ronde' at Teatro Malibran in Venice  The Eblana String Trio  Sara Mingardo, Martina Janková and Leonardo Cortellazzi in Handel's 'Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno' at La Scala, Milan. Photo © 2016 Brescia and Amisano  Dmitry Khakharmov shakes hands with Jacky Wong at the Hornton Chamber Orchestra's Royal Academy of Music's Duke's Hall concert  Kate Lindsey in rehearsal for Chabrier's 'L'Etoile' at Covent Garden

 

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

Transcendental Dawn - Handel's 'Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno' impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Beautifully Controlled - Keith Bramich makes a return visit to Jacky Wong's Hornton Chamber Orchestra

Wonderfully Frivolous - Chabrier's 'L'Etoile' at Covent Garden, recommended by Alice McVeigh

Energy and Commitment - Sinfonia Viva's schools residency concert, heard by Mike Wheeler

A Strong Impression - Mark Bebbington makes a return visit to Nottingham, heard by Mike Wheeler

A Successful Challenge - Wagner's 'Götterdämmerung' ends the Palermo 'Ring' cycle, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Dancing Energy - Haydn, Mozart and Paul Patterson from Adam Mackenzie, Emily Pailthorpe and Sinfonia Viva impress Mike Wheeler

Surrealist Pop - Rossini's 'La Cenerentola' in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Melodic Gold - Bizet's 'The Pearlfishers' live in HD from New York, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Off-the-beaten Track - Chamber music from Katherine Jenkinson, Julian Bliss and Alison Farr, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Mirrors of Time - Special concerts in Rome, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Lyrical Warmth - Dvorák, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms from Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

'Fantasia' Around The World - Giuseppe Pennisi visits the big screen in Rome

For the New Year - Unusual ballet productions in Italy, seen by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Composer's Christmas - The Cann Twins, heard by Mike Wheeler

Crisp and Assured - Handel's 'Messiah' in Derby Cathedral, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Rebel with a Cause - Teatro Massimo di Palermo's 'Siegfried', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Wit and Effervescence - Music in the Time of Goya, by Derek Murray

Alert Realisations - Christmas music from The Sitwell Singers, heard by Mike Wheeler

Very Special - Christmas music in Rome impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Engagingly Sung - Hugh Morris' first choral concert as Master of the Music at Derby Cathedral, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

A Major Talent - Mishka Rushdie Momen plays Chopin, impressing Mike Wheeler

Effective Contrast - Cipriano de Rore and Hubert Parry from the Derwent Singers, heard by Mike Wheeler

Passion and Commitment - Verdi's 'Giovanna D'Arco' at La Scala, recommended by Giuseppe Pennisi

Earthy Vigour - Smetana, Beethoven and Sibelius from Jennifer Pike, Pietari Inkinen and the Prague Symphony Orchestra, impress Mike Wheeler

A Painterly Production - Alban Berg's 'Lulu', live in high definition from Metropolitan Opera, impresses Maria Nockin

Delirious Joy - Opera North's 'Kiss Me, Kate' impresses Mike Wheeler

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

 
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