thu 24/04/2014

Classical Reviews

Miklós Perényi, András Schiff, Wigmore Hall

Sebastian Scotney

Miklós Perényi makes the listener re-think how a cello should sound. Forget the huge tone of the Russians - think Rostropovich or Natalia Gutman, or the attention-grabbing of Americans or even the...

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Messiah at the Foundling Hospital, BBC Two

Jasper Rees

The last time the BBC dramatised the creation of a great musical work, it didn’t quite hit the spot. Eroica starred Ian Hart as Beethoven glowering at the heart of a drama which had rather less of a...

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Uchida, LPO, Jurowski, RFH

David Nice

Vladimir Jurowski is a master of the through-composed programme. Yet at first this looked like a more standard format: explosive contemporary work (if 1966 can still be called “contemporary”)...

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Trifonov, LSO, Gergiev, Barbican

Kimon Daltas

This concert brought to a close the London Symphony Orchestra's focus on Scriabin, in a series appropriately titled "Music in colour". The Third Symphony was partnered here with Messiaen’s early work...

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Rancourt, Hallé, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Philip Radcliffe

Soccer-mad Shostakovich’s score for a ballet about a Soviet football team visiting Western Europe, the world premiere of an oboe concerto by John Casken marking the 1914 centenary, and a rare semi-...

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Pascal and Ami Rogé, Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Grand Theatre

Graham Rickson

For record collectors of a certain age, Pascal Rogé is Mr French Piano Music; if you’re looking for decent recordings of Ravel, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns and Debussy, he’s the man. Hearing him perform...

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Vogt, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Jansons, Barbican

Sebastian Scotney

Can there be a conductor with a clearer and more affirming beat than Mariss Jansons with the Concertgebouw Orchestra when they're at their best? The listener can just marvel at his capacity to work...

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It's All About Piano!, Institut Français

David Nice

With tickets only a couple of pounds more than screenings in the Ciné Lumière, back-to-back – sometimes overlapping - concerts by world-class pianists of all ages, and a lively roster of weekend...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Brahms, Kletzki, Schumann, Szymanowski, Ji Liu

Graham Rickson

 Brahms and Schumann: Piano Quintets Alexander String Quartet, Joyce Yang (piano) (Foghorn Classics)Schumann was the first major composer to pair solo piano with string quartet. His 1842 quintet...

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Donose, Philharmonia, Gardner, RFH

David Nice

Arise, Sir Edward – Gardner, not Elgar, whose First Symphony the former conducted last night. Well, maybe a knighthood’s too premature; although the daft honours system has rewarded others in the...

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