Tim Ashley

The Left-Hander review finely played and sung, but its no masterpiece

A late start left the audience fractious, and striking orchestral and vocal effects were offset by a thinness of melodic and thematic inspiration.

The Turn of the Screw review compelling, challenging and creepy

GlyndebourneJonathan Kents production of Brittens ghost story is revived to haunting effect, with standout central performances from the children Continue reading...

LSO/Pappano review digging deep into powerful emotions

Barbican, LondonPappano brings nobility to a celebration of Panufnik and brilliantly evokes Strausss pride, anger and beauty Continue reading...

Prokofiev: Suite from Romeo and Juliet CD review formidable playing

Chicago SO/Muti(SCO Resound)Prokofiev conducted extracts from his then unstaged Romeo and Juliet with the Chicago Symphony during his final visit to the city in 1937, an event commemorated by this new recording on the orchestras own label, conducted by it

Strauss: Intermezzo CD review darker than ever before

Schneider/Fassbaender/Eiche/Munich Radio Orchestra/Schirmer(CPO, 2CDs)The German CPO label has distinguished itself during the Strauss anniversary, first with its new recording of Josephslegende, and now with this fine performance of Intermezzo, the compo

Wagner: Tannhäuser CD review fabled 1961 radio broadcast showcases glorious singing

Taken from a 1961 radio broadcast, this famous performance, long familiar on the bootleg circuit, finally gets a commercial release as part of Orfeo's series devoted to the Bayreuth festivals archives.

Rigoletto review a startlingly physical slant on Verdis tragic jester

There is powerful chemistry between Simon Keenlyside and Aleksandra Kurzak, though the operas dramatic and musical climaxes are not always in sympathy.

Anna Nicole review a scabrous tale of sex, money and ambition

Richard Joness revival is well done, but time has not been kind to this operatic life of the model and actor Anna Nicole Smith.

Spohr: Die Letzten Dinge CD review fine singing from the Salzburg Bach Choir

Matthews/Goeldner/Ovenden/Foster-Williams/Salzburg Bach Choir and Mozarteum Orchestra/Bolton(Oehms)The 19th century regarded Louis Spohr (1784-1859) as one of its great composers, and Die Letzten Dinge (1826) was popular and influential in its time. The t

Boris Tchaikovsky: Piano Quintet; The War Suite CD review a remarkable work

Solovieva/Anisimov/Vanbrugh Quartet(Naxos)No relation of his famous namesake, Boris Tchaikovsky (1925-1996) was a younger contemporary of Shostakovich, who much admired his chamber music. Tchaikovskys 1962 Piano Quintet is in many ways a remarkable work: