sat 21/05/2022

David Nice

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David writes, lectures and broadcasts on music. A former music critic for The Guardian and The Sunday Correspondent, he is a regular voice on BBC Radio 3. He has written short studies on Elgar, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and the history of opera, and is currently working on the second volume of his Prokofiev biography for Yale University Press. He runs his own lecture series, Opera in Depth, at the Frontline Club in Paddington.

Articles By David Nice

Ozark, Series 4 Part 2, Netflix review - crumbling consciences and a last stand

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Buchbinder, Gewandhausorkester Leipzig, Nelsons, Barbican / COE Soloists, St John's Smith Square review - European sophistication in spades

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Age of Rage, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Barbican review - shattering assault on all the senses

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Serse, The English Concert, St Martin-in-the-Fields review - star turns from five remarkable women

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Beethoven Cello Sonatas 1, Elschenbroich, Grynyuk, Fidelio Café review - towards epic song

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Six Brandenburgs: Six Commissions, Chamber Domaine, Malling Abbey review - metaphysical brilliance

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Kang, National Symphony Orchestra, Bihlmaier, National Concert Hall, Dublin review - hats off, another top conductor

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Oberto, Chelsea Opera Group, Cadogan Hall review - Verdi’s first opera bounces into life

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The Gondoliers, Scottish Opera, Hackney Empire review - G&S con amore

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Jerusalem Quartet, Wigmore Hall review - shock and sophistication in ideally-proportioned Beethoven

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Hodges, LPO, Gardner, RFH review - four UK premieres, from random to abundant

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Rigoletto, Opera North review - Covid shocks, debut pleasures

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Kolesnikov, Tsoy, LSO St Luke’s review - light, air and adventure from two pianos

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Peter Grimes, Royal Opera review - impressive, not quite devastating

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CBSO Chorus, Czech Philharmonic, Bychkov, Barbican review - a mass of life

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Russians and friends play on for Ukraine

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Benediction review - the world's worst wounds

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Berrut, ECO, Guzzo, Cadogan Hall review - Schubert with a sm...

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The Innocents review - they're just playing

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