Reviews

Review of WAGNER Der fliegende Holländer (Minkowski)

WAGNER Der fliegende Holländer (Minkowski)

If your production concept for Wagner’s ‘Romantic horror’ takes you down the reasonable route that this is a show in...

Naxos
Reviewed by Mike Ashman in issue: 01/2020

Review of VIVALDI Jupiter (Thomas Dunford)

VIVALDI Jupiter (Thomas Dunford)

For its mix of irrelevance and pretentiousness (‘music is the homeland of infinite possibility, freedom and sublimated time’), Alpha’s perfunctory...

Alpha
Reviewed by Richard Wigmore in issue: 01/2020

Review of VERDI Le trouvère (Abbado)

VERDI Le trouvère (Abbado)

This is Verdi’s Il trovatore and it is not Verdi’s Il trovatore. That’s not just because this is the 1857...

Dynamic
Reviewed by Neil Fisher in issue: 01/2020

Review of STEFANI The Supposed Miracle or Cracovians and Highlanders

STEFANI The Supposed Miracle or Cracovians and Highlanders

The Supposed Miracle, or Cracovians and Highlanders (Cud mniemany, czyli Krakowiacy i Górale) was first performed Warsaw in 1794. Its...

NIFC
Reviewed by Tim Ashley in issue: 01/2020

Review of ROSSINI Ricciardo e Zoraide (Sagripanti)

ROSSINI Ricciardo e Zoraide (Sagripanti)

The undoubted draw of the Pesaro Rossini Opera Festival’s 2018 bicentenary revival of Ricciardo e Zoraide, the three-hour mock-heroic epic...

C Major
Reviewed by Richard Osborne in issue: 01/2020

Review of LULLY Isis (Rousset)

LULLY Isis (Rousset)

Atys, the fourth tragédie en musique that Lully composed to a libretto by Philippe Quinault, was dubbed ‘the king’s opera’....

Aparte
Reviewed by Richard Lawrence in issue: 01/2020

Review of GOMES Lo schiavo (Neschling)

GOMES Lo schiavo (Neschling)

Born in Brazil, Antônio Carlos Gomes was a breakthrough composer – the first non-European to score an operatic success in...

Dynamic
Reviewed by Mark Pullinger in issue: 01/2020

Review of GLUCK Orphée et Eurydice (Pichon. Bicket)

GLUCK Orphée et Eurydice (Pichon. Bicket)

Opera directors today seem to have difficulty in coping with Gluck’s retelling of the Orpheus legend, where – in both...

Naxos
Reviewed by Richard Lawrence in issue: 01/2020

Review of Song's First Cycle: Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Weber

Song's First Cycle: Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Weber

Robin Tritschler and Malcolm Martineau explore the early history of the song-cycle in this thoughtful recital, which flanks Beethoven’s An...

Signum Classics
Reviewed by Tim Ashley in issue: 01/2020

Review of Remember me, my dear

Remember me, my dear

Once heard, never forgotten, Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble, Garbarek the Blakean serpent weaving among the angels....

ECM New Series
Reviewed by Rob Cowan in issue: 01/2020

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