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5 hours, 43 minutes ago   -  

BBCSO/Nicholls/Volkov review – soaring new work is timeless and timely

Barbican, London Rachel Nicholls delivered a gleaming performance in Nicole LeFanu’s fiery new concertante, in an inspired programme including Schreker and Rachmaninov / Nicola LeFanu’s new work, The Crimson Bird, ...

7 hours, 27 minutes ago   -  

Tallis Scholars review – sacred meets secular as early music voices raise the roof

Assembly Rooms, Bath Peter Phillips drew full-blooded but ethereal sound from Scholars with a memorable programme than ran from De Lassus to JS Bach / This programme given by Peter Phillips’ Tallis Scholars in ...

8 hours, 41 minutes ago   -  

Cinderella review – effervescent Rossini for a Strictly Dancing era

Grand theatre, Leeds Aletta Collins plays to her strengths as a choreographer with a sparkling new Opera North production that’s as much for dance fans as opera buffs / If asked to nominate your favourite fairytale ...

10 hours, 56 minutes ago   -  

Le Vin herbé review – swords and bows

Millennium Centre, Cardiff Tristan and Iseult share the stage with the band in Polly Graham’s valiant Welsh National Opera staging of an operatic rarity / Le Vin herbé is not an opera, it’s a ...

11 hours, 31 minutes ago   -  

Bernstein, Copland, Harrison and Ives: Great American Sonatas CD review

Nathan Williamson (piano) (Somm) / Nathan Williamson brings together works by four American composers, mostly from the 1930s. Copland’s Piano Sonata (1939-41) is striking and desolate, especially the heavily chordal finale which sinks ...

11 hours, 36 minutes ago   -  

The Masque of Moments CD review – courtly music in need of a drink

Theatre of the Ayre/Kenny (Linn) / “Music enabled the masque to be the place where fantasy and reality meet,” writes lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, introducing early 17th-century ayres and dances. It’s always tricky to create ...

11 hours, 41 minutes ago   -  

Tarik O’Regan: A Celestial Map of the Sky CD review – luminous beauty

Hallé Orchestra, Hallé Youth Choir, Manchester Grammar School Choir/Elder, Phillips (NMC) / If you missed Tarik O’Regan’s acclaimed chamber opera Heart of Darkness, here’s a welcome opportunity to hear some ...

20 hours, 56 minutes ago   -  

Top orchestra quits Britain over Brexit migration clampdown

Concern from its musicians about travel restrictions mean the Oxfordshire-based EU Baroque is moving to Belgium / One of Britain’s most successful orchestras is moving to Belgium amid fears that its musicians may be among the victims of a ...

February 17   -  

Operatic successes provide cause for hope | Letters

It was good to read Andrew Clements’ generous review of the Saffron Opera Group’s recent concert performance of Siegfried (15 February). Your readers might also like to know how the Saffron achievements have built on the experience of ...

February 17   -  

Scottish Ensemble review – Alina Ibragimova spars deeply, fiercely

Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh The nimble ensemble delivered pithy Mendelssohn and Pärt, while the commanding Ibragimova added ferocious Hartmann and exuberant Bach / The Scottish Ensembles’s default setting is flux ...
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