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January-April 2003

Articles, Interviews and Editorials

Eisenstein/Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky, Lilli Paasiviki, Philharmonia Orchestra, Brighton Festival Chorus, Vladimir Ashkenazy, RFH, 11th March 2003 (MB)

PLG Masterclass with Christa Ludwig, Wigmore Hall, 12th February 2003 (MB)

The Pianist, directed by Roman Polanski (MB)

 

FESTIVALS and INTERNATIONAL CONCERTS

 

Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Orchestre National de France, Théâtre des Champs Elysèes, April 26, 2003 (FC)

Strauss, Songs & Mahler, Symphony No.9, Barbara Bonney (sop), San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, April 25, 2003 (HS)

Bach & Schubert, Heidi Grant Murphy, (sop); Monica Groop, (mezzo); John Tassier, (ten); Chistòpheren Nomura, (bar), San Francisco Symphony, Bruno Weil, conductor, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, March 19, 2003 (HS)

Prokofiev Concert, San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas conductor, Davies Symphony Hall, March 7, 2003 (HS)

Boulez, Messiaen, Ravel, Debussy, San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas conductor, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, Jan. 31, 2003 (HS)

"Sound Ways" International Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia, Nov 2002 (AR)

 

OPERA (UK and International),

Handel, ‘Alcina,’English National Opera, London Coliseum, Saturday April 26th 2003 (ME)

Szymanowski, King Roger, Thèâtre du Châtelet, Paris, April 25, 2003 (FC)

Berg, Lulu (performed in German), The Helikon Opera, Moscow, April 19th, 2003 (NMcG)

Richard Strauss, Elektra, ROH, Covent Garden, 4th April 2003 (MB)

Poul Ruders, The Handmaid’s Tale (UK première), ENO, 3rd April 2003 (MB)

Wagner, ‘Tannhäuser’ – Zurich Opera, Franz Welser-Möst, Royal Festival Hall, Sunday March 30, 2003 (ME)

Richard Strauss, Salome, soloists, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox, Barbican 30th March 2003 (MB)

G.F. Handel, ‘Agrippina’ London Handel Festival at the Royal College of Music Britten Theatre. Monday March 24th 2003. (ME)

Richard Strauss, ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ – English National Opera, 28th February 2003 (ME)

Wagner, Tristan und Isolde (concert performances), soloists, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Donald Runnicles, Barbican, Dec 2002 – Feb 2003 (MB)

Verdi, ‘Falstaff,’ Royal Opera, Covent Garden, 15th February 2003 (ME)

A bawdy knight out at the Boar’s Head…Verdi, Falstaff, The Helikon Opera, Moscow, 8th February 2003 (NM)

Verdi, ‘Rigoletto’, English National Opera, 7th February 2003 (ME)

Berlioz, The Trojans, Part 1: The Capture of Troy, ENO, 5th February 2003 (MA)

Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin, Thèâtre du Châtelet, Paris, January 24, 2003 (FC)

Musorgsky ‘Khovanischina’ English National Opera, London Coliseum, January 23rd 2003. (ME)

Rubinstein, Le Dèmon, Thèâtre du Châtelet, Paris, January 22, 2003 (FC)

Rossini, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Opéra National de Paris, January 15, 2003 (FC)

Monteverdi, ‘L’Orfeo’ Le Concert d’Astrée, dir. Emmanuelle Haïm, Barbican Hall, January 12th 2003. (ME)

Puccini La bohème. Soloists, London City Opera Orchestra/Roderick Brydon. QEH, December 30th, 2002 (CC).

 

Jazz, Dance,Esoterica and Alternative

Svetly Ruchey ("The Bright Stream"), Dmitri Shostakovich, The Bolshoi Theatre (New Stage), Moscow,18th April 2003 (NMcG)

Four Firebirds: Recent Stravinsky, 20th April 2003 (PGW in Musical Pointers)

The New Tango Orquesta The self-appointed saviours of New Tango blew back into Moscow this week for a second chance to hear their unique sound and line-up. Neil McGowan went along for http://www.expat.ru/.B2 Club, 27th Feb 2003

 

CONCERTS and RECITALS (UK)

 

Anderson, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov Lang Lang (piano); London Philharmonic Orchestra/Tadaaki Otaka, RFH, April 30th, 2003 (CC)

Kurtag and Bartok, Ildikó Vékony (cimbalom), BBC Symphony Orchestra & Singers, Zoltan Peskó, Barbican Centre, 29th April, 2003 (AR)

Tartini, Fribbins, Brahms, Brown, Saint-Saëns, Jack Liebeck (violin), Katya Apekisheva (paino), Purcell Room, 29th April 2003 (MB)

Beethoven, Mozart, Elgar; Midori (violin) London Symphony Orchestra, Zubin Mehta, Barbican Centre, 27th April, 2003 (AR)

Mussorgsky & Shostakovich, Olga Borodina (mezzo), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich, RFH 27th April 2003 (MB)

Arditti String Quartet and Thomas Adès at the Queen Elizabeth Hall 24th April 2003 (JM)

Balakirev, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich; Alex Slobodyanik (piano), Philharmonia Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, RFH, 22nd May, 2003 (AR)

Lowell Liebermann Première (+ Liszt, Schubert, Read Thomas, Hough, Wild), James Giles (piano), Wigmore Hall, 16th April 2003 (MB)

Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Barbican Centre, 15th April, 2003 (AR)

Bartók, Shostakovich Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Mariss Jansons. Barbican Hall, April 13th, 2003 (CC)

Schubert, Brahms, Sally Mathews (Sop), Christopher Maltman (Bar), BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Walter Weller, Barbican, 12 April 2003 (AR)

Schumann, Liszt, Richard Strauss: Jonas Kaufmann, Helmut Deutsch, Wigmore Hall, Friday 11th April 2003 (ME)

Handel Gala Concert: The King’s Consort, Wigmore Hall, Thursday April 10th 2003. (ME)

Beethoven, Schubert, Andras Schiff (piano & conductor), Philharmonia Orchestra, 11th April 2003, RFH (AR)

Bach St Matthew Passion, The Bach Choir, Florilegium, Conductor: David Hill. Royal Festival Hall, Sunday 6th April 2003 (ME)

Britten, Debussy, Prokofiev London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Barbican Hall, April 3rd, 2003 (CC)

Schubert, Four Impromptus D935, ‘Die schöne Müllerin’ D795. Peter Schreier, András Schiff: Wigmore Hall, Tuesday April 1st 2003. (ME)

Debussy & R.Strauss, Adrianne Pieczonka (sop), Philharmonia Orchestra, Christian Thielemann, RFH, 1st April 2003 (MB)

JANÁCEK SERIES Andras Schiff, Panocha Quartet, Wigmore Hall, Friday March 28th, 2003 (CC)

Stravinsky, Mozart, Beethoven, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Leif Ove Andsnes (pf), Daniel Harding, Barbican Centre, 27th March, 2003 (AR)

Schubert, Brahms, Wolf, Duparc. Angelika Kirchschlager, Helmut Deutsch, Wigmore Hall, March 27th 2003. (ME)

Vaughan Williams, MacMillan, Brahms, Colin Currie (percussion), City of Birmingham Youth Chorus, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 25th March, 2003 (CT)

Shostakovich, Violin Concerto No.2 & Symphony No.13 in B flat minor ‘Babi Yar; Gidon Kremer (vln), Anatoli Kotscherga (bass), Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Chorus, Vladimir Ashkenazy, 23 March, 2003, RFH. (AR)

Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Shchedrin Elena Prokina (soprano); Mark Tucker (tenor); Sergei Leiferkus (baritone); Harriet Walter (reciter); Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano). Queen Elizabeth Hall, Friday, March 21st, 2003 (CC)

Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev Peter Jablonski (piano). Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wednesday, March 19th, 2003 (CC)

Prokofiev, Shostakovich Vadim Repin (violin); Lilli Paasikivi (mezzo); New London Children’s Choir; London Philharmonic Choir; Philharmonia Orchestra/Vladimir Ashkenazy. Royal Festival Hall, Sunday, March 16th, 2003 (CC)

Eisenstein/Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky, Lilli Paasiviki, Philharmonia Orchestra, Brighton Festival Chorus, Vladimir Ashkenazy, RFH, 11th March 2003 (MB)

Schumann, Tchaikovsky Mikhail Pletnev (piano). Barbican Hall, Sunday, March 23rd, 2003 (CC)

Dvorak, Read Thomas, Bartok, Ilya Gringolts (vln), Boris Berezovsky (pf), Wigmore Hall, 17th March 2003 (MB)

Brahms & Tchaikovsky, Elisabeth Leonskaja (pf), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur, RFH, 15th March 2003 (MB)

Mahler, Symphony No.10; Kensington Symphony Orchestra, Russell Keable, St. John’s Smith Square, 15 March 2003 (AR)

Schoenberg, Schubert, Schumann Mitsuko Uchida (piano), Royal Festival Hall, Friday March 14th, 2003 (CC)

Adams, Copland, Ives, traditional American Hymns and Songs, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Robert Spano (conductor) Thomas Trotter (organ), City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus David Lawrence (conductor), Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 12th March, 2003 (CT)

Weber, McPhee, Hindemith, Puccini/Berio, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Chrous, Leonard Slatkin, 10th March, 2003 (AR)

Beethoven, Missa Solemnis, Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra, Sir Roger Norrington, RFH, 5th March 2003 (AR)

Bach, Kurtág, Brahms; Tabea Zimmermann (viola), Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano), Wigmore Hall, 3rd March 2003 (MB)

Schubert, Schubert/Liszt, Liszt; Evgeny Kissin, RFH, 2nd March 2003 (MB)

Busoni, Mozart, Chen, Dvorak; Helen Huang (pf), Heung-Wing (per), Lung Heung Wing (per), Mark Lung (per), Samuel Wong (con); Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Barbican Centre, 27th February, 2003 (AR)

Ravel, Brahms, Shostakovich, Kyung-Wha Chung (vln), Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit, RFH, 27th February 2003 (MB)

Schubert, Beethoven, Haydn Imogen Cooper (piano). Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wednesday, February 26th, 2003 (CC).

Wolf, Lieder to Texts by Mörike and Goethe: Matthias Goerne, Eric Schneider. Hugo Wolf Centenary series, Wigmore Hall, February 24th 2003 (ME)

Wagner, Beethoven, Shostakovich Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano); London Philharmonic Orchestra/Ingo Metzmacher. RFH, Sunday, February 23rd, 2003 (CC)

Elgar & Bax Elizabeth Couling, cor anglais; Nicholas Ellis, clarinet; Kate Goldsmith, horn; Sirius Ensemble, c. Daniel Capps, Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music, Sunday 23rd February 2003 (CW)

Berlioz, Beethoven, Ravel, Charles Dutoit, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Chorus; 22nd February 2003 RFH (AR)

Wolf, ‘Spanisches Liederbuch’ – Christine Schäfer, Matthias Goerne, Eric Schneider – Wolf Centenary Concert, Wigmore Hall 22nd February 2003 (ME)

Purcell, Wagner, Wolf – Christine Schäfer, Eric Schneider – Wigmore Hall, 20th February 2003 (ME)

MAGIC: Prokofiev, Stravinsky Alexander Toradze (piano); London Philharmonic Orchestra/Valery Gergiev. RFH, February 19th, 2003 (CC)

Schubert, Lieder to texts by Goethe: Wolf, Eichendorff Lieder. Ian Bostridge, Julius Drake, Wigmore Hall Friday 14th February. (Mr. John KEATS descends from HEAV’N to speak of the DIVINE Mr. BOSTRIDGE and the uniquely skill’d Mr. DRAKE) (ME)

IGOR OISTRAKH: 50th Anniversary of UK Debut. Igor Oistrakh (violin); English Chamber Orchestra/Benjamin Wallfisch. RFH, Saturday, February 15th, 2003 (CC)

The Queenes Command’ words and music from the Elizabethan age. Trevor Pinnock, Simon Callow, Andrew Kennedy, Phantasm. Wigmore Hall, 12th February 2003. (ME)

Bach, Haydn, Schubert (arr. Mahler), Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Joshua Bell (Vln & Conductor), Wigmore Hall, 7th February, 2003 (MB)

Anderson, Ravel and Berlioz, Lars Vogt (pf), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 6th February 2003 (CT)

Stravinsky, Benjamin, Mahler, London Symphony Orchestra, Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo), Robert Gambill (tenor), Kent Nagano, Barbican, 2nd February 2003 (AR)

Hugo Wolf, Lieder to Poems by Eduard Mörike. Dorothea Röschmann, Stephan Loges, Malcolm Martineau. Wigmore Hall, 2nd February 2003 (ME)

Haydn, ‘The Creation’ Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Festival Hall, January 30th 2003 (ME)

Haydn, Schnittke, Beethoven Alban Berg Quartet, QEH, January 31st, 2003 (CC)

Bernstein, Barber, Ives, Elgar. Leon McCawley (piano), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 29th January 2003 (CT)

G.F. Handel, ‘Joshua The King’s Consort, Robert King, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 28th January 2003. (ME)

Schubert, Shostakovich Sergei Leiferkus (baritone); London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra/Kurt Masur. RFH, Wednesday January 29th, 2003 (CC).

J.S. Bach ‘St. Matthew Passion’ London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur, Royal Festival Hall, January 26th 2003. (ME)

Stravinsky Pulcinella, Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky, LSO & Chorus, Soloists, Richard Hickox, Barbican 26th January 2003(AR)

Beethoven & Berlioz, Philharmonia Orchestra, Lorin Maazel, RFH, 23rd January 2003 (MB)

Kodály, Tchaikovsky, Dvorák Barry Douglas (piano); London Philahrmonic Orchestra/Sir Charles Mackerras. RFH, January 22nd, 2003 (CC)

Beethoven, Takemitsu, Janácek, Ysaye, Franck Takayoshi Wanami (violin); Mineko Tsuchiya (piano). Wigmore Hall, Monday, January 20th, 2003 (CC)

MOMENTUM: The music of Mark-Anthony Turnage Various Artists; Barbican Hall, Friday January 17th-Saturday January 19th, 2003 (CC)

Mahler Symphony No.8, Forest Philharmonic Orchestra, Choruses & Soloists, David Temple, Royal Festival Hall, 18th January, 2003 (AR)

Brahms: The Symphonies, Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim, RFH, 16th-17th January 2003 (MB)

Schumann, Shostakovich, Beethoven Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin), Enrico Pace (piano). Wigmore Hall, Wednesday January 15th, 2003 (CC)

J.S. Bach ‘Weinachtsoratorium’ Royal College of Music Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, dir. Peter Schreier. Friday January 10th 2003. (ME)

Brahms, Almeida Prado, Albeniz, Prokofiev. Eduardo Monteiro (piano), Wigmore Hall, Friday January 10th 2003 (CC)

Campion, Dowland, Danyel, Johnson: Songs and Lute Solos. Traditional Folk Songs. Andreas Scholl, Karl–Ernst Schroeder, Wigmore Hall, Sunday January 5th 2003 (ME)

Handel, ‘Messiah’ Polyphony, The Academy of Ancient Music, dir. Stephen Layton. St. John’s Smith Square, 23rd December 2002 (ME)

 

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