Otaka’s All-Elgar Programme in Cardiff


Elgar: Claudia Huckle (contralto), BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Tadaaki Otaka (conductor). Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, 11.12.2017. (PCG) Read more

The BBCSO Present a Fascinating and Rewarding Portrait of Esa-Pekka Salonen as Composer


Total Immersion: Esa-Pekka Salonen: Various artists. Barbican Centre, and Milton Court Concert Hall, London, 10.12.2017. (CC)

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Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sakari Oramo (conductor) & BBCSO (c) Ellis O’Brien

This was an unmissable opportunity to experience the ‘other’ side of Esa-Pekka Salonen, so beloved of London audiences via his conducting activities with the Philharmonia Orchestra (most recently a wonderful Mahler Ninth). He did not raise a baton on this particular day, however: it was all about Salonen’s own music. Read more

Ashkenazy and the OPO offer a triptych of Russian compositions


Nimrod Borenstein, Shostakovich and Rachmaninov: Natalia Lomeiko (violinist), Oxford Philharmonic /Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor), Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, 9.12.2017. (CR) Read more

Elijah at Dartington


Mendelssohn: Catherine Hamilton (soprano), Alison Kettlewell (mezzo-soprano), James Way (tenor), Darren Jeffery (bass-baritone), Dartington Community Choir and Dartington Sinfonietta / Simon Capet (conductor), Great Hall, Dartington, 10.12.2017. (PRB)

Dartington Community Choir with Darren Jeffrey (inset) - credit Philip R Buttall

Dartington Community Choir with Darren Jeffrey (inset)
(c) Philip R Buttall

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No ‘Compelling Links’ Between Mozart and Tchaikovsky from Znaider and LSO


Mozart and Tchaikovsky: London Symphony Orchestra / Nicolaj Znaider (violin/conductor), Barbican Hall, London, 7.12.2017. (GD) Read more

A Most Stimulating Evening of Bach and Telemann


Reversed Fortunes, music by Bach and Telemann: Academy of Ancient Music / Bojan Čičić (violin/director). Milton Court Concert Hall, London, 7.12.2017. (CC) Read more

Otaka returns to Cardiff with stunning Rachmaninov


Rachmaninov, Elgar, Takemitsu: Steven Isserlis (cello), BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Tadaki Otaka (conductor). St David’s Hall, Cardiff, 7.12.2017. (PCG) Read more

The London Sinfonietta Celebrates Karlheinz Stockhausen


Stockhausen: London Sinfonietta and Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble / Pascal Rophé (conductor). Sound Intermedia; Sophie Motley (stage director); Tony Simpson (lighting designer); Jonathan Berman (assistant conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 6.12.2017. (CC) Read more

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