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Oliveira's Labirinto in Bourges and Portuguese contemporary music (PGW)

A Note on this year's Promenade Concerts

Articles, Interviews and Editorials

EDITORIAL Making Live Music Pay & Shostakovich and Elgar Symphonies Live (MB & PGW)

Matthias Goerne talks to Melanie Eskenazi about ‘Wozzeck,’ his new recording of ‘Die Schöne Müllerin, and his future plans….

Nicholas McGegan interviewed by Melanie Eskenazi

Karen Bentley’s Dancing Suite to Suite reviewed by Hans-Theodor Wohlfahrt; Ole Pullar Saxe - Dance Suite for Solo Violin (World premiere recording); Johann Sebastian Bach - Partita No.2 in D minor; Odd Bakkerud - Fanitullen for Norwegian hardangerfele; Karen Bentley - Violin, Viola, Hardangerfele

Hans-Theodor Wohlfahrt on Maxim Vengerov

Heather O’Donnell on Charles Ives

ABRSM Performers’ Guides   A Performer's Guide to Music of the Baroque Period; A Performer's Guide to Music of the Classical Period; A Performer's Guide to Music of the Romantic Period ABRSM (Publishing) Ltd £14.95 each volume (PGW)



Beethoven Cycle, Orchestre National de France,Kurt Masur, Thèâtre des Champs-Elysèes, Nov. 7, 8, 14 & 15, 2002 (FC).

ERWARTUNG/LA VOIX HUMAINE, Jessye Norman, soprano, Theatre du Châtelet, Paris, October 5, 2002 (FC)


Prokofiev, Gubaidulina, Dukas, Strauss, Orchestre National de France, Kurt Masur, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, September 19, 2002 (FC)

Report from Philadelphia: One Year, and Nine Months, by Robin Mitchell-Boyask

Boulez, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Orchestra de Paris, Théâtre Mogador, Sept. 21, 2002 (FC)

Adés & Mahler: Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle, Philharmonie, Berlin, 7th September 2002 (MB)

San Francisco Symphony Season Opens With Fiddle Fête, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, September 4, 2002 (HS)


OPERA (UK and International),

MASSENET: THAIS, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Civic Opera House, Chicago, 14 December 2002 (HS)

Strauss, Die Frau ohne Schatten, The Paris Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Ulf Schirmer (conductor), Opéra de Paris – Bastille, December 9, 2002 (FC)

MAW: Sophie’s Choice, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 7th December, 2002 (MB)

Britten, ‘Albert Herring’ cond. Michael Rosewell, dir. Sir Thomas Allen, Benjamin Britten International Opera School at the Royal College of Music, 2nd December 2002 (ME)

Puccini, ‘Tosca’, ENO, 21st November 2002 (MB)

HUMPERDINCK: HANSEL UND GRETEL, San Francisco Opera, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, November 21, 2002. (HS)

Monteverdi ‘L’incoronazione di Poppea’ Royal Academy Opera, RAM Period Instrument Baroque Orchestra, Laurence Cummings. Royal Academy of Music, Sir Jack Lyons Theatre, Friday November 22nd 2002. (ME)

Saariaho, L’amour de loin (opera in five acts to a libretto by Amin Maalouf; sung in French; UK premiere), London Voices, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano, 21 November 2002, Barbican Hall, London (CA)

Wagner, ‘Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg’ The Royal Opera, Covent Garden. November 20th 2002. (ME)

JANACEK: KÁT'A KABANOVÁ, San Francisco Opera, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, 15 November 2002 (HS)

Verdi, Simon Boccanegra, Opèra de Paris-Bastille, November 12, 2002 (FC)

Handel, ‘Xerxes’ English National Opera, London Coliseum, Thursday November 7th 2002. (ME)

Rossini, ‘The Barber of Seville’ English National Opera at the Coliseum, November 1st 2002. (ME)

Wagner, 'The Valkyrie' Barbican Concert Hall, Wednesday, October 30th, 2002 (CC)

LINDY, music by Moya Henderson, libretto by Judith Rodriguez, Opera Australia, Sydney, Australia, October 25, 2002 (HS)

English Touring Opera at Richmond Theatre, October 2002 (JM)

Berg, ‘Wozzeck’ Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Tuesday October 15th 2002 (ME)

MESSIAEN: SAINT FRANCOIS D'ASSISE, San Francisco Opera, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, 1 Oct 2002 (HS)

PUCCINI: TURANDOT, San Francisco Opera, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, 7 Sept 2002 (HS)


Jazz, Dance,Esoterica and Alternative

Heiner Goebbels: Hashirigaki Barbican Theatre, 23rd November 2002 (JM)

Sanja Ilic and Balkanika, St Cyprian’s Church, London, 26th October 2002 (MA)

COVENTRY JAZZ FESTIVAL Concert Review: The Stan & Clark Tracey Big Band, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 24 August 2002



Schumann, Debussy, Stravinsky. Nelson Goerner (piano). Wigmore Hall, Saturday, December 28th, 2002 (CC)

Ronald Smith, piano, Eightieth-birthday recital, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London 16 December 2002 (MA)

J.S. Bach, ‘Weinachts-Oratorium’ The English Concert, director Trevor Pinnock, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Tuesday December 17th 2002. (M. E.)

Mozart, Schubert; Sir Roger Norrington – conductor; Benjamin Schmid – violin, Philharmonia Orchestra, RFH, December 12th 2002 (AR)

Beethoven Series; Murray Perahia – piano, Janice Watson – soprano, Cornelia Kallisch - mezzo-soprano, Timothy Robinson – tenor, Alfred Reiter – bass, Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus, Sir Charles Mackerras – conductor, RFH, 8th December 2002 (AR)

Beethoven Series, Murray Perahia (pnst), Philharmonia Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky Cond, RFH, 5th December 2002 (AR)

Janácek, Mahler and Debussy, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras, Christopher Maltman (Baritone), Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 3rd December 2002 (CT)

Britten, Brahms, Wood: John Mark Ainsley, David Pyatt, Eric le Sage, Gordan Nikolitch, Barbican Hall, Sunday 8th December 2002. (ME)

Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Debussy Ivan Moravec (piano). Queen Elizabeth Hall, December 8th, 2002 (CC)

Handel, Lieberson, other composers: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Christopher Gould, Wigmore Hall, December 6th 2002. (ME)

BY GEORGE! Beethoven, Mozart, Benjamin. Barbican Centre, London, Wednesday, December 4th, 2002 (CC)

Beethoven Concert, Andreas Haefliger (piano), Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin), Heinrich Schiff (cello), Philharmonia Orchestra, Franz Brüggen (conductor), Royal Festival Hall, 1st December 2002 (AR)

Weber, Mendelssohn, Mahler. Leonidas Kavakos (vln), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur, RFH, 30th November 2002 (AR)

Brahms, Dvorak, Liszt, Janacek, Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur, RFH, 27th November 2002 (AR)

Mendelssohn, Zemlinsky, Schubert: The Nash Ensemble, John Mark Ainsley, Richard Watkins. Wigmore Hall, November 30th 2002 (ME)

Opening Gala Concert of the Director’s Festival, Wigmore Hall, November 28th 2002. Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, Britten: Angelika Kirchschlager, Ian Bostridge, Mitsuko Uchida, Julius Drake (ME)

Janacek, String Quartet No 1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ & Smetana String Quartet No 1 in E minor ‘From My Life’, Emerson String Quartet, Wigmore Hall, 18th November 2002 (MB)

Schubert, ‘Leichenfantasie;’ Beethoven, Gellert Lieder; Liszt, ‘Walhall; from ‘Das Rheingold;’ Wagner, ‘Wotan’s Abschied’ from ‘Die Walküre.’ Matthias Goerne, Eric Schneider. Wigmore Hall, November 18th 2002. (ME)

Bach: Goldberg Variations (arr. Sitkovetsky)Dmitri Sitkovetsky (violin), Yuri Zhislin (viola), Alexander Chaushian (cello), St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, London, Sunday 17 November 2002 (RB).

Bach, Cantatas No 82, ‘Ich habe genug,’ No. 49 ‘Ich geh’ und suche mit Verlangen,’ No. 56, Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen.’ Matthias Goerne, Ofelia Sala, Albrecht Mayer, Members of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, directed by Kenneth Sillito. Wigmore Hall, November 16th 2002. (ME)

Shostakovich, Lynn Harrell (cello), London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, Barbican Hall, 16th November 2002 (CC)

Gluck, Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti, Fauré and other composers: Juan Diego Flórez, Vincenzo Scalera, Wigmore Hall, 15th November 2002. (M.E)

Anderson, The Stations of the Sun; Grieg, Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16; Strauss, An Alpine Symphony, Op.64, Olli Mustonen (piano), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Harding, Royal Festival Hall, 15 November 2002 (CA)

Czech Philharmonic, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Barbican, 12th –13th November, 2002 (AR)

Gergiev conducts the Kirov: Balakirev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Musorgsky (orch. Ravel), Rachmaninov, Alex Slobodyanik (pf), Kirov Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, Barbican Hall 8th – 9th November 2002 (MB)

Tchaikovsky, Boris Berezovsky (pf), Philharmonia Orchestra, Mikhael Pletnev, Royal Festival Hall, 7th November 2002 (AR)

Crawford Seeger, Berg, Shostakovich. London Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas, Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin). Barbican Concert Hall, Wednesday, November 6th, 2002 (CC)

Gluck, Vivaldi, Bononcini, Broschi: Cecilia Bartoli, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Barbican, Tuesday November 5th 2002. (ME)

Bach, ‘St. Matthew Passion’ London Bach Festival, Steinitz Bach Players, English Voices, Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, dir. Timothy Brown. St. John’s Smith Square, Sunday November 3rd (ME)

Mahler, Symphony No.9 in D major, London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, Barbican, 3rd November 2002 (MB)

Shostakovitch, Rachmaninov, Walton, Alexander Korsantiya (pf), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 30th October 2002 (CT)

Mendelssohn & Brahms, Alfredo Perl (pf), Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt, Barbican, 27th October 2002 (AR) ; Mendelssohn Concert Overture: Die Schone Melusine; Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 2; Brahms Symphony No. 1

Dvorák, Schulhoff, Mozart, R. Strauss, Midori (violin); Robert McDonald (piano); Barbican Hall, October 27th, 2002 (CC)

Brahms, Szymanowski, Richard Strauss, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle, Timothy Robinson (tenor), Katarina Karnéus (mezzo-soprano) Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 22nd October 2002 (CT)

Mackenzie, Brahms, Stevens, Beethoven Florian Uhlig – piano; Wigmore Hall, 18th October (H-TW)

Scriabin, Szymanowski, Webern, Bartok, Christian Tetzlaff (vln), London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Pierre Boulez, Barbican, 17th October 2002 (AR)

Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov, Christina Ortiz (pf), Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy, RFH, 15th October 2002 (AR)

Handel, ‘Saul’ Gabrieli Consort and Players, Paul McCreesh, Barbican Hall, Sunday October 13th 2002 (ME)

Haydn & Mahler: Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle. Royal Festival Hall, Saturday October 12th (ME)

Schoenberg & Bruckner: Dawn Upshaw (sop), Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle, RFH, 11th October 2002 (MB)

Varese, Bartok, Stravinsky: Maurizio Pollini (pf), London Symphony orchestra, Pierre Boulez, Barbican, 11th October 2002 (AR)

A Choral Pilgrimage:‘Earthly Powers, Eternal Harmony, The Sixteen, conducted by Harry Christophers, Southwark Cathedral, London, 10 October 2002 (MA)

Bartok & Mahler: London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez, Barbican, 9th October 2002 (MB)

IAN PACE - piano, voice CARL ROSMAN - clarinets, voice,  St Cyprian's Church, Glentworth Street , London NW1, 8th October 2002 (PGW)

Beethoven, Brahms, Dohnányi IMS Prussia Cove, Gábor Takács-Nagy and Christoph Ehrenfellner (violin), Louise Williams (viola), Rafael Rosenfeld and Maike Reisener (violoncello), Chen Halevi (clarinet), Dénes Várjon (piano), Wigmore Hall, 3rd October 2002 (H-TW)

Debussy & Benjamin, LSO, Pierre Boulez, Barbican, 5th October 2002 (AR)

Glinka, Prokofiev, Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel), Alexander Melnikov (pf), Philharmonia Orchestra, Tugan Sokhiev, RFH, 3rd October 2002 (MB)

Purcell, Britten, Finzi and other English composers: Lisa Milne, Ian Bostridge, Christopher Maltman, Graham Johnson. Wigmore Hall, 30th September. (ME)

Kurt Sanderling 90th Birthday Concert: Mitsuoko Uchida (pf), Philharmonia Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnanyi, RFH, 28th September 2002 (AR)

Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Britten: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis, Ian Bostridge, Friday 27th September. (ME)

Mozart & Bruckner, Helen Huang (pf), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur, RFH, 25th September 2002 (AR)

Sibelius & Brahms, Frank Peter Zimmermann (vln), Philharmonia Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnányi, Royal Festival Hall, 24th September 2002 (AR)

Schubert, ‘Schwanengesang.’ Jonathan Lemalu, Michael Hampton. Wigmore Hall, Monday September 23rd. (ME)

Samling Foundation Gala Concert : Thomas Allen, Patricia MacMahon, Malcolm Martineau, Simon Over, Samling Scholars. St. John’s Smith Square, Thursday 19th September 2002. (ME)

‘If My Verses Had Wings:’ a song biography of Reynaldo Hahn. Felicity Lott, John Mark Ainsley, Christopher Maltman, Graham Johnson, Wigmore Hall, September 17th 2002. (ME)

Mendelssohn, Haydn, Stravinsky, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariss Jansons, RFH, 16th September 2002 (MB)
Mendelssohn, Strauss, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Christian Thielemann, RFH, 17th September 2002 (MB)

Schumann, Wolf, Brahms: Thomas Quasthoff, Julius Drake. Wigmore Hall, Thursday 12th September. (ME)

Schubert, Schumann, Cornelius, Wolf, Brahms: Angelika Kirchschlager, Simon Keenlyside, Julius Drake. Wigmore Hall, Friday September 6th 2002 (ME).

PROMS 2002

PROM 72: Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Mahler, Olga Borodina (mezzo-sop), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniele Gatti, RAH, 13th September 2002 (AR)

PROM 69: Rakhmaninov, Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Shostakovich Symphony No. 8, André Watts piano, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, RAH, 10th September 2002 (AR)

PROM 66: Handel, ‘Samson.’ The Sixteen / Symphony of Harmony and Invention / Harry Christophers. Sunday September 8th (ME).

PROM 60: - Brahms Violin Concerto in D major, Walton Symphony No 1 BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Richard Hickox, conductor; James Ehnes, violin, Wednesday September 4 2002, (SD)

PROM 59: Hindemith, Mozart, Varèse, Ravel, Alfred Brendel (pf), Munich Philharmonic, James Levine, RAH, 3rd September 2002 (MB)

PROM 56: Mendelssohn, ‘Elijah.’ London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur, RAH, 1st September 2002 (ME)

PROM 55: Shostakovich, Symphony no. 2; Beethoven, Symphony no. 9. Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Esa – Pekka Salonen, RAH, 31st August 2002 (ME)

PROM 54: Debussy, Bartok, Prokofiev, Yefim Bronfman (pf), Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Royal Albert Hall, 30th August 2002 (AR)

REVIEW 1: PROM 52: Mahler Symphony no 3, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, Michelle de Young (alto), Ladies of the London Symphony Chorus and Trinity Boys Choir, Eliahu Inbal (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, BBC Proms, 28 August 2002 (AR)

REVIEW 2: PROM 52: Mahler Symphony no 3, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, Michelle de Young (alto), Ladies of the London Symphony Chorus and Trinity Boys Choir, Eliahu Inbal (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, BBC Proms, 28 August 2002 (PQ)

PROMS 47 and 48: Sofia Gubaidulina, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, Orchestra of the Kirov Opera – Valery Gergiev, Natalia Korneva (soprano), Viktor Lutsyuk (tenor), Fyodor Mozhaev (baritone), Gennady Bezzubenkov (bass), St. Petersburg Chamber Chorus, Chorus of the Kirov Opera, Alexander Toradze (piano), RAH, 25th August (CT).

PROM 45: Stravinsky, Berg, Ravel, Sibelius, Christian Tetzlaff (vln), Orchestre National de Lyon, David Robertson, RAH, August 23rd 2002 (AR)

PROM 44: Bartok, Ravel, Debussy, Martha Argerich (pf), Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Claudio Abbado, RAH, 22nd August 2002 (MB)

PROM 36: Strauss & Dvorak, Truls Mork ('cello), Paul Silverthorn (viola), London Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons, RAH, 16th August 2002 (MB)

PROM 33: Varèse, Boulez, Stravinsky, Françoise Pollet (sop), Susan Parry (mezzo), BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez, RAH, 14th August 2002; Varèse, Intégrales; Pierre Boulez, Le visage nuptial; Pierre Boulez, Le soleil des eaux; Stravinsky, Petrushka (1911 version) (AR)

Proms Chamber Music 3: Falla, Poulenc, Phibbs, Piazzolla, Lecture Theatre, V & A Museum, Monday 5th August 2002. Falla – Concerto for harpsichord and five instruments; Poulenc – Sextet for Piano and Wind; Joseph Phibbs – La noche arrolladora; Piazzolla – Tango Seis; English Chamber Orchestra Ensemble (CN)

PROM 30: Mahler, Symphony No. 8 in E flat major, RAH, 11th August 2002 Christine Brewer soprano; Soile Isokoski soprano; Rosemary Joshua soprano; Birgit Remmert mezzo-soprano; Jane Henschel mezzo-soprano; Jon Villars tenor; David Wilson-Johnson baritone; John Relyea bass; City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus; Toronto Children's Chorus; Sydney Philharmonia Choirs; London Symphony Chorus; City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus; National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain; Sir Simon Rattle, conductor (AR)

PROM 23: Panufnik, Sinfonia sacra; Wagner, Tristan und Isolde - Prelude and Liebestod; Strauss, Die Frau ohne Schatten - symphonic fantasia; Wagner, Götterdämmerung – excerpts, Jane Eaglen (sop), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz conductor, RAH, 6th August 2002 (AR)

PROM 21: Bach, ‘St. Matthew Passion,’ The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, Royal Albert Hall, Sunday August 4th. (ME)

PROM 19 - Rodion Shchedrin Two Tangos by Albeniz, Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 1, Rachmaninov Symphony No 2, Ilya Gringolts vn; BBC Philharmonic, Vassily Sinaisky, RAH, Saturday 3 August 2002 (SD)

PROM 15: Nørgård, Nielsen, Brahms, Nikolaj Znaider (Vln),
Danish National Symphony Orchestra/DR, Thomas Dausgaard, RAH, 30th July 2002 (AR)

PROM 14: Sibelius, Mozart, Nielsen, Stephen Hough (pf), BBC Scottish SO / Osmo Vänskä, RAH, 29th July 2002 (SD)

THE PROMS: THE FIRST WEEK: A personal View by Dr David Wright

PROM 13: Schoenberg , ‘Gurrelieder’, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, BBC Symphony Chorus Philharmonia Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Donald Runnicles, RAH, 28th July 2002 (AR)

PROM 11: Walton/Palmer & Dvorak, Janice Watson (sop), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo), Paul Charles Clarke (ten), John Tomlinson (bass), BBC National Chorus of Wales, London Symphony Chorus, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Richard Hickox, RAH, 27th July 2002 (MB)

PROM 8: Henze, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Paul Lewis (piano), Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Paul Daniel, Royal Albert Hall, 25th July, 2002. (ME)

PROM 6: Handel, ‘Israel in Egypt’ English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner, Royal Albert Hall, Tuesday July 23rd 2002. (ME)

PROM 5: Elgar, Sawyer, Ravel, Stravinsky, Frederica von Stade (mezzo), Rolf Hind (pno), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Royal Albert Hall, 23rd July 2002 (MB)

Prom 4: Berlioz, Bruch, Messiaen, Ravel, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Kyung-Wha Chung, Violin; Myung-Wha Chung, Conductor, Royal Albert Hall, 22nd July 2002 (AR)

PROM 2 Haydn, ‘The Creation’ Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Sir Charles Mackerras, Choir of the Enlightenment, Christiane Oelze, Paul Groves, John Relyea, Royal Albert Hall, Saturday July 20th 2002. (ME)


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