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

11/09/2011

   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.

09/09/2011

 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

08/09/2011

 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”

04/09/2011

  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

03/09/2011

  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

29/08/2011

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

26/08/2011

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

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Prom 52 – Gergiev shakes the LSO through Prokofiev and Dutilleux

25/08/2011

 Prom 52 – Prokofiev, Dutilleux: Leonidas Kavakos (violin), London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev. Royal Albert Hall, 23. 8.2011 (CG) Read more

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