Ensemble - classical concert reviews
Sunday 21 December 2014

Derby Concert Orchestra. Photo © Mike Boreham.  Anette Dasch and Karen Cargill in Wagner's 'Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg' at New York Metropolitan Opera. Photo © 2014 Ken Howard  The Jubilee String Quartet  Anita Rachvelishvili as Carmen at New York Metropolitan Opera. Photo © 2014 Ken Howard  Anja Kampe in Beethoven's 'Fidelio' at Teatro alla Scala. Photo © 2014 Brescia/Amisano

 

Music on the Move - Derby Concert Orchestra at Christmas, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Modern, Technically-endowed Triumph - 'Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg' in HD from New York on 17 December impresses Maria Nockin

Poise and Freshness - Haydn, Mozart and Janácek from the Jubilee String Quartet, heard by Mike Wheeler

Tragedy to Come - Maria Nockin experiences one of this era's best productions of 'Carmen', live in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera

The Ambiguity of 'Fidelio' - Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of La Scala's opera season

Back in the Lagoon - Giuseppe Pennisi visits La Fenice for Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra'

Thoughtful Engagement - Monteverdi's 'Coronation of Poppaea', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Great Deal of Fun - Maria Nockin enjoys Rossini's 'Barber of Seville' in HD from New York

Greater Depth - 'La Traviata' at Opera North, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Versatility and Intelligence - Balázs Kovalik's new production of 'Die Frau Ohne Schatten' at Opera Leipzig fascinates Roderic Dunnett

Eye-popping Delight - Smetana's 'The Bartered Bride' impresses Mike Wheeler

Engrossing Performance - Dvorák's 'Rusalka' in Rome impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Simply Magical - Mike Wheeler listens to pianist Francesco Piemontesi

An Involving Account - A visit from Die Marienkantorei, Osnabrück, heard by Mike Wheeler

Wider Focus - Derby Bach Choir's 'Concert for Peace', heard by Mike Wheeler

An Enthralling Performance - Ji Liu plays Bach's Goldberg Variations, heard by Mike Wheeler

A Very Joyful Production - Benjamin Britten's 'Albert Herring' at Hampstead Garden Opera impresses Alice McVeigh

Eros and Gospels - Giuseppe Pennisi was in Naples for Richard Strauss' 'Salome'

Spine-tingling - Mike Wheeler is impressed by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen on tour

Melting Rhapsody - Malcolm Miller enjoys Jack Liebeck and Danny Driver's 'Hebrew Melody' recital, plus a recital by David Aaron Carpenter

Barnstorming Mendelssohn - Mike Wheeler listens to the Aquinas Piano Trio

Focused Tone - Lyadov and Tchaikovsky from Leticia Moreno, Yuri Temirkanov and the St Petersburg Philharmonic impress Mike Wheeler

A Musical Polymath - Peter Dickinson's eightieth birthday concert, enjoyed by Malcolm Miller

Troubles in Rome - Verdi's Rigoletto, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

On the Mountain Top - Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening concert of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia's season

Human Tragedy - Stefano Ranzani conducts Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Great Privilege - Mozart's Marriage of Figaro live in HD from the New York Met, experienced by Maria Nockin

Bringing Together - Roderic Dunnett visits James MacMillan's Cumnock Tryst

Welcome Rarities - James Sohre enjoyed his visit to Wexford Festival Opera

High Fives - Mike Wheeler listens to Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra and to the NAC Wind Quintet

Exuberance in Reserve - A wide-ranging programme from Christopher Stripp and Lucy Colquhoun, heard by Mike Wheeler

Wildly Beautiful - Witches dressed as village ladies of the 1950s as New York Metropolitan Opera begins its HD broadcast season with Verdi's Macbeth, described by Maria Nockin

Genuine Elation - Brahms, Wagner and Sibelius from Nottingham, heard by Mike Wheeler

Resplendent Performances - Verdi's Otello launches English National Opera's 2014-15 season in David Alden's new production, reported by Malcolm Miller

Expressive Power - Brahms in an early music context, heard by Mike Wheeler

God's Forgiveness - A journey to the Almighty with Verdi's 'The Force of Destiny', highly rated by Giuseppe Pennisi

Sex and Violence - Graham Vick's 'Don Giovanni', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Full of Irony - De Giosa's 'Don Checco', heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Thin Connection - Purcell's 'King Arthur' travels to Italy, and is experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

Disarming Ease - The New Zealand String Quartet impresses Howard Smith

Certainly Nimble - Mike Wheeler listens to pianist Antony Peebles

Extraordinary Artistic Freedom - The Francesco Siciliani Prize at Sagra Musicale Umbra, by Giuseppe Pennisi

Tolerance and Enlightenment - 'Die Entführung aus dem Serail' at Sagra Musicale Umbra enthralls Giuseppe Pennisi

Sorrows of Young Rossini - Giuseppe Pennisi sends a second report from the 2014 Rossini Opera Festival

Avant-garde and Fun - 'The Barber of Seville' at the Rossini Opera Festival, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Held Spellbound - Haydn's 'Die Schöpfung' in Wellington, New Zealand, heard by Howard Smith

A Big Statement - Peter Gould's last full-scale organ recital as Master of the Music at Derby Cathedral impresses Mike Wheeler

Thoroughly Delightful - Maria Nockin visits Santa Fe Opera and experiences all of their 2014 productions

Musicianship and Restraint - Tom Corfield's organ playing impresses Tony Westerman

Daring and Bold - 'Madama Butterfly' and 'Il Trittico' at the Puccini Festival, discussed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Considerable Beauty - An organ recital by John Hosking, heard by Tony Westerman

Rosenkavalier at War - Richard Strauss at Salzburg, with Giuseppe Pennisi

Sharply Focused - John Scott at the organ of Derby Cathedral delights Mike Wheeler

Spectral Music - Women and War at the Salzburg Festival, by Giuseppe Pennisi

An Annual Event? - Cathedral organ high jinks from Peter Gould, Tom Corfield, Christopher Johns, Sachin Gunga and Ben Bloor, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Religious Confrontation - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences Salzburg Festival's 'Ouverture spirituelle'

Admirably Projected - Simon Hogan plays the organ at Derby Cathedral, impressing Tom Corfield

Smiles All Round - Fawzi Haimor conducts Sinfonia Viva and impresses Mike Wheeler

Nature and Sentiment - Wagner's 'Ring' at the Tyroler Festspiele Erl impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Out of this World - Cuban pianist Marcos Madrigal plays Schumann, Beethoven, Poulenc, de Séverac and Lecuona, heard by Bill Newman

Completely Bonkers - H K Gruber's 'Gloria - A Pigtale', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Deftly Handled - Robert Quinney at the organ of Derby Cathedral, heard by Mike Wheeler

Full Marks - Bill Newman listens to Nikolai Demidenko

Fatally Compromised - Rossini's 'Otello', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Whipped Cream - Buxton Festival's 2014 Opera Gala, attended by Mike Wheeler

Sparkling Performances - Organist Roy Massey visits Derby Cathedral, heard by Mike Wheeler

Celebratory and Ambiguous - Mozart, Judith Weir and Ravel from the Lawson Trio at Buxton, heard by Mike Wheeler

A Gasparini Renaissance - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences 'Il Bajazet'

Steely Force - A devastatingly fresh take on 'Orfeo ed Eurydice', admired by Mike Wheeler

Delicate Sensitivity - The Innovation Chamber Ensemble at Buxton, heard by Mike Wheeler

Dramatic Weaknesses - Dvorák's 'The Jacobin', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Consummate Professionalism - Nigel Ogden begins Derby Cathedral's series of summer organ recitals, heard by Mike Wheeler

More Powerful - 'Carmen' in Bizet's original version, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Pure Entertainment - Roderic Dunnett visits Garsington Opera at Wormsley

Light of Hope - Palermo's mixed reception to an innovative 'Norma', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Orchestral Showpieces - Cristian Mandeal conducts the Hallé Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler

Orpheus versus Orpheus - Giuseppe Pennisi enjoys 'Orfeo e Euridice' at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and surveys the different versions of Gluck's opera

Champagne not Orange Juice - Prokofiev's 'The Love of Three Oranges', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Dazzling Ninety Minutes - 'The Cunning Little Vixen', enjoyed by Kelly Ferjutz

Ask Alice - On 'Dialogues des Carmelites' at Covent Garden, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

 
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