Jukka-Pekka Saraste Conducts Kurtág, Bartok, and Sibelius’s Two Last Symphonies.

19/12/2011

Bartok, Kurtág and Sibelius: Hiromi Kikuchi (violin), Ken Hakii (viola), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor), Barbican Hall, London, 16.12.2011 (CG) Read more

Alistair Dixon and Chapelle du Roi at the ‘Christmas Festival’ at St John’s, Smith Square

19/12/2011

Byrd, Fayrfax, Sheppard, Tallis, and Victoria:Chapelle du Roi, Alistair Dixon (director). St John’s, Smith Square, London, 17.12.2011 (MB) Read more

The Emperor’s New Clothes: Colin Davis’ Nielsen-Beethoven Cycle

16/12/2011

Haydn, Nielsen, Beethoven: Mitsuko Uchida (piano), London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis (conductor) with Lucy Hall (soprano) and Marcus Farnsworth (baritone), Barbican Hall, London, 11.12.2011 (CC) Read more

Quatuor Ebène Rocks Wigmore Hall

13/12/2011

Prokofiev, Debussy, Brahms :Quatuor Ébène: Pierre Colombet, Gabriel Le Magadure (violins), Mathieu Herzog (viola), Raphaël Merlin (violoncello), Wigmore Hall, London, 12.12.2011 (MB) Read more

Two Views of Belshazzar’s Feast

13/12/2011

 Britten, Sibelius, and Walton: Gerald Finley (baritone), BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner (conductor), Barbican Hall, London, 10.12.2011 (CG) Read more

Celebratory Brilliance and Gentle Introspection in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

13/12/2011

Bach:Christmas Oratorio (parts 1, 3, 5 & 6: Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, Richard Egarr (conductor/harpsichord), Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 1.12.2011 (SRT) Read more

Entrancing Christmas Berlioz in Cardiff

12/12/2011

Berlioz, L’enfance du Christ: Anna Stephany (mezzo), Barry Banks (tenor), Mathew Brook (bass-baritone), Henry Waddington (bass),  BBC National Chorus of Wales, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Chamber Choir, BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Thierry Fischer (conductor), St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, 9.12.11 (GPu) Read more

Vladimir Ashkenazy Conducts the Philharmonia – With Mixed Results

12/12/2011

Dukas, Ravel, Falla, and Debussy: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano), Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 11.12.2011 (MB) Read more

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