• © 2015 Laurent Compagnon
    REVIEW 25.04.15

    Performance: Handel: Xerxes (Hampstead Garden Opera)

    Xerxes (Serse in the original Italian) is a bit of an oddity amongst Handel’s operas: although now one of the composer’s most popular (in terms of the number of modern productions), it was a failure […]

  • Globe
    REVIEW 26.02.15

    Performance: Farinelli and the King – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

    By Claire Van Kampen Directed by John Dove Image: Mark Rylance as King Philippe (Credit: Marc Brenner) When the peaks and troughs of what has since been diagnosed as bipolar disorder in King Philippe of 18th-century […]

  • Iestyn Davies
    REVIEW 26.01.15

    Performance: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse – BBC Radio 3’s In Tune featuring Iestyn Davies and John Williams

    On Friday 23 January, BBC Radio 3’s In Tune with Sean Rafferty was broadcast live from the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe. The new indoor Jacobean theatre, completed last year and now running its […]

  • barnasabadus
    REVIEW 12.09.14

    CD: To Touch, To Kiss, To Die

    To Touch, To Kiss, To Die: English Songs of Purcell, Matteis, Dowland Valer Barna-Sabadus (countertenor) Olga Watts (harpsichord), Axel Wolf (lute), Pavel Serbin (cello) OEHMS Classics OC 870 The Romanian countertenor Valer Barna-Sabadus came to […]

  • jarrett
    REVIEW 12.09.14

    CD: Bach Six Sonatas for Violin and Piano

    J.S. Bach: Six Sonatas for Violin and Piano Michelle Makarski (violin) and Keith Jarrett (piano) ECM 2230/31 These sonatas, while not as well known as the solo sonatas, are nevertheless important to the Baroque violin […]

  • frey
    REVIEW 12.09.14

    CD: La Voce del Violoncello

    La Voce del violoncello: solo works of the first Italian cellist composers Elinor Frey (baroque cello) Esteban La Rotta (theorbo, baroque guitar) and Susie Napper (baroque cello) Passacaille 993 3.5 stars Frey’s notes explain the […]

  • Eight Songs for a Mad King
    REVIEW 11.09.14

    Performance: Grimeborn Festival 2014

    25 August (Madame X) and 5 September (Façade/Eight Songs for a Mad King) 2014 – Grimeborn Festival 2014   Grimeborn is an annual festival of opera and music drama held at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston, […]