Christopher Maltman and Graham Johnson open the 2011/12 Wigmore Hall season, exploring settings of Schiller


 Friedrich Schiller – Ein Leben in Liedern: Songs by Schubert, Schumann, and Liszt: Christopher Maltman (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano). Wigmore Hall, London, 10.9.2011 (MB) Read more

Heady cosmopolitan mix of contemporary music at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival


   Qigang Chen, Metcalf, Bowden, Reich: Gerard McChrystal (soprano saxophone), Oliver Coates (cello), Sound intermedia (sound diffusion),  BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Jean-Michaël Lavoie (conductor), BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, 9.9.2011 (Gpu) Read more

The London Sinfonietta plays Elliott Carter. A short programme – but not short measure.


 Elliott Carter: London Sinfonietta, Hall Two, Kings Place, 8.9.2011 (MB) Read more

Prom 70:The UK première of Birtwistle’s Violin Concerto makes a potent impression at the Proms


 Prom 70: Bridge, Birtwistle, Holst: Christian Teztlaff (violin), Holst Singers,BBC Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson. Royal Albert Hall,London, 7.9.2011 (MB) Read more

Kaleidoscopic Ravel at Edinburgh played by an “orchestra of virtuosi”


  Edinburgh International Festival 2011 (16) – Ravel: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano), Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan Nott (conductor),  Usher Hall, 3.9.2011 (SRT) Read more

Prom 60 – Professional sounding Mozart-Bruckner Concert lacks excitement


  Prom 60. Mozart, Bruckner, David Fray (piano), Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 30.9.2011 (GD) Read more

Prom 56 – Though compelling, Mahler’s Sixth lacks the last degree of impact at the Proms


Prom 56 –  Richard Strauss, Mahler: Kirill Gerstein (piano), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov. Royal Albert Hall, London, 26.8.2011. (JPr) Read more

Edinburgh International Festival 2011 (11) – Haydn opera fails to grip despite committed performances


 Haydn,  Orlando Paladino: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, René Jacobs (conductor). Usher Hall, 25.8.2011 (SRT)

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