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LSO/Roth/Wang review – Yuja Wang dazzles with Lindberg’s imposing Third Piano Concerto
Lindbery wrote his big bravura concerto for Wang – and as a star vehicle it is extremely effective

Tim Ashley

28, May, 2023 @10:08 AM

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Don Giovanni review – obsession, distress and danger in uneven new production
Mariame Clément’s thoughtful staging brings depth and insights but feels, at times, at odds with the score’s sensuality and demonic fire. In the pit, conductor Evan Rogister favours speed over dramatic weight.

Tim Ashley

21, May, 2023 @2:14 PM

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Budapest Festival Orchestra/Fischer review – heart-rending and remarkable Mahler
The searing dissonances and lyricism of Mahler’s Ninth, the composer’s poignant confrontation with mortality, are drawn out with remarkable clarity

Tim Ashley

19, May, 2023 @8:53 AM

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Abomination: A DUP Opera review – brilliant satire skewers politicians with their own words
Anger seethes beneath the Belfast Ensemble’s waltzes in Conor Mitchell’s scathing denunciation of homophobia and hate speech

Tim Ashley

10, May, 2023 @11:45 AM

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BBC Singers/LSO review – music, and words, of power as Rattle protests vandalism of UK’s musical life
Superbly executed Mahler was given fire by the addition of Poulenc’s work from the just saved BBC Singers – and a fierce attack on arts funding by the conductor

Tim Ashley

24, Apr, 2023 @12:05 PM

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Blue review – racial violence, love and loss in a lyrical and angry work of unflinching power
Jeanine Tesori’s opera, with its tragically familiar narrative of police brutality, is compellingly told in Tinuke Craig’s nuanced production for English National Opera.

Tim Ashley

21, Apr, 2023 @10:55 AM

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LPO/Jurowski review – unsparing and unsettling works shine a dark light
Uncompromising performances of works by Hindemith, Prokofiev and Ustvolskaya glimmered with tension and beauty

Tim Ashley

20, Apr, 2023 @12:21 PM

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St John Passion review – Polyphony and OAE deliver an outstanding, vivid rendition
An extraordinarily moving Bach passion contained intensity, radiance and, from Nick Pritchard, the finest live account of the Evangelist this critic has heard

Tim Ashley

09, Apr, 2023 @10:32 AM

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ENO The Dead City review – Korngold’s study of grief, guilt and obsession is full of queasy beauty
Annilese Miskimmon’s new production of Korngold’s hallucinatory 1920 work sacrifices some of its disturbing power but musically it is magnificently alert to the mood-shifts and beauty of its sound-world

Tim Ashley

26, Mar, 2023 @11:52 AM

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The Chevalier review – fascinating but flawed look at an extraordinary musician
Bill Barclay’s play about the composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges shines a light on a long-neglected figure and his exquisite music

Tim Ashley

22, Mar, 2023 @1:57 PM

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BBCSO/Brabbins review – last-minute change adds drama to Beowulf premiere
With Charles Styles stepping in to sing the lead at short notice, the BBCSO’s world premiere of Iain Bell’s Wagnerian cantata had an extra edge

Tim Ashley

19, Mar, 2023 @2:16 PM

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Gianni Schicchi review – Bryn Terfel on fine fraudulent form in Puccini’s dark comedy
Terfel leads a talented young cast and Domingo Hindoyan conducts the RLPO with wit and passion in a performance where no one puts a foot wrong

Tim Ashley

12, Mar, 2023 @10:11 AM

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