London’s The O2 Arena Over-extends BRB’s Nutcracker in the Best Possible Way

31/12/2011

  Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker: Dancers of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Koen Kessels (conductor), The O2 Arena, London 27.12.2011. (JPr) Read more

Mahler’s 10th: Not Perfect Enough For Mahler Himself

31/12/2011

 Mahler, Symphony No. 10 (Performing Version “Cooke III”): New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Harding (conductor), Avery Fischer Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City, 1.12.2011 (SSM) Read more

Popular Unpopularity: Massenet’s Don Quichotte in Madrid

30/12/2011

Jules Massenet, Don Quichotte: Soloists, Madrid Symphony Orchestra, Intermezzo Choir, Marc Piollet (conductor), Teatro Real de Madrid, 19.12.2011 (JMI) Read more

Sondra Radvanovsky: The Norma by Which Others will be Judged

30/12/2011

Vincenzo Bellini, Norma: Soloists, Orchestra Principado de Asturias, Coro Ópera de Oviedo, Robert Tolomelli (conductor), Teatro Campoamor de Oviedo, 14,12.2011 (JMI) Read more

High-Flying Swallow in Helsinki

27/12/2011

  Puccini, La Rondine: Finnish National Opera, Helsinki, 20.12.2011 (GF) Read more

John Lubbock’ Delightful ‘Messiah’ Banishes the December Blues

23/12/2011

Handel: Messiah: Hannah Davey (soprano), Roderick Morris (counter-tenor), John Pierce (tenor), David Pike (baritone), OSJ Voices (chorus master: Jeremy Jackman), Orchestra of St John’s, John Lubbock (conductor). Hall One, Kings Place, London, 22.12. 2011 (MB) Read more

Glory and Power: Fabio Biondi’s Messiah At Santa Cecilia

23/12/2011

 Handel, MessiahOrchestra and Chorus of Santa Cecilia, Fabio Biondi (conductor) Ciro Visco (chorus master), Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Romina Basso (contralto), Jeremy Ovenden (tenor), Vito Priante (bass), Sala Santa Cecilia, Rome, 20.12.2011 (JB)

Fabio Biond Leads the Orchestra Of Santa Cecilia in the Messiah ©Musacchio Ianniello

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Triply Disappointing, Manifold Delighting: Ariadne auf Valencia

22/12/2011

R. Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos: Soloists, Valencia Community Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis (conductor), Palau de les Arts, Valencia, 16.12.2011 (JMI) Read more

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