Classical & Opera
One of the many beneficial effects of the Rest Is Noise festival, now entering its final weeks, is its undermining of the stubborn myth that musical modernism was entirely occupied making itchy-scratchy, plinkety-plonk music designed to batter its...
Though the genre may not be the first one associates with Benjamin Britten, his three canonical string quartets comprise a distinguished contribution to the medium.
With the Britten centenary celebrations all done and dusted, the Wigmore Hall has quickly turned its attention to his greatest British contemporary.
A visually stunning production of an opera about Gandhi is a revelation
Bach: Christmas Oratorio, Choir of Trinity College Cambridge, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, review
Freshness of interpretation and maturity of insight make for an inspiring collection, says Geoffrey Norris
Wolfgang Rihm's Dionysos: Scenes and Dithyrambs, an Opera Fantasy, to give the work its full title, was written for and premiered at the Salzburg festival in 2010. A work of immense ambition and delirious, at times up-itself complexity, it draws its...
In recent years, English National Opera has abandoned its long-standing opposition to surtitles, belatedly (in my view) recognising that singing in English doesn’t do a lot for accessibility if only the front half of the stalls can hear it clearly.