Capriccio

Capriccio is a musician and writer living in London. He has a particular interest in opera and music of the twentieth century and enjoys exploring the obscurer recesses of the repertoire. Ives, Schoeck, Strauss, Barber and Janacek are particular favourites amongst many. He also has an interest in younger singers who are about to start their careers. He blogs at Capriccio Music.
Musical drama with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra

The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski presented two highly dramatic works at the Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday night. Extracts from Strauss' Die Frau Ohne Schatten were followed by Alexander von Zemlinsky's A Florentine Tragedy in a performance with few contrasts but much commitment.

Sunday 30th September 2012 Read more...
Susan Graham and Malcolm Martineau at the Wigmore Hall

In this Wigmore Hall recital, Graham delivered a very interesting programme of material of particular personal resonance, occasionally sharing something very special indeed. Repertoire ranged from Purcell to a special commission called Sexy Lady, and the performance included some truly world-class singing.

Sunday 1st July 2012 Read more...
Angela Denoke sings Berg and Wagner with the LSO and Gianandrea Noseda

This Barbican concert featured extracts from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Berg's Three Fragments from Wozzeck and Beethoven's Fifth, played by the London Symphony Orchestra with conductor Gianandrea Noseda and soprano Angela Denoke. Some bold interpretative decisions characterised the Beethoven performance especially.

Sunday 24th June 2012 Read more...
Die Walküre at Fulham Opera

For any opera company to mount a Wagner opera is a great undertaking. For a very small semi-professional opera company to mount the entire Ring Cycle is a feat of extraordinary daring and perhaps madness. But that is exactly what Fulham Opera has decided to do.

Wednesday 23rd May 2012 Read more...
Understated Virtuosity from Alasdair Beatson at the Wigmore Hall

Lawrence Dart reviews Alasdair Beatson playing Mozart, Fauré, Ravel and Schubert at the Wigmore Hall.

Friday 11th May 2012 Read more...
John Storgårds conducts the BBCSO with Truls Mørk

This was a very interestingly programmed concert from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and John Storgårds. Cellist Truls Mørk performed the UK première of Rautavaara's Second Cello Concerto, and this was performed alongside music by Delius, Bridge and Sibelius: four works to a greater or lesser extent programmatic.

Monday 23rd April 2012 Read more...
Colin Davis conducts Weber's Der Freischütz at the Barbican

While Weber is widely acknowledged as being of historic importance as the link in the German operatic tradition between Beethoven and Wagner, his operas are rarely staged in England, and even in concert remain a relative novelty. Despite my quibbles I have to confess I was absolutely enraptured throughout, watching in a state of gleeful wonder at the beauties unfolding before me.

Saturday 21st April 2012 Read more...
St Matthew Passion with the London Handel Festival

Probably no other work in the repertoire has such mystical status as Bach's Matthew Passion. This performance from Laurence Cummings and the London Handel Orchestra at St George's, Hanover Square, part of the London Handel Festival, was not devoid of beauty, but one wished everywhere for more personality and sense of purpose.

Saturday 7th April 2012 Read more...
Robin Ticciati and Christopher Maltman with the London Symphony Orchestra

At the Barbican on Thursday, Robin Ticciati conducted the London Symphony Orchestra through Strauss' Tod und Verklärung, Mahler's Kindertotenlieder and Brahms' Second Symphony, joined in the Mahler by baritone Christopher Maltman. There were moments of quiet beauty, but at times something wasn't connecting musically.

Monday 19th March 2012 Read more...
Die Zauberflöte at the Royal Academy Opera

In his Royal Academy Opera production, Stephen Barlow chooses to update the staging of Mozart's singspiel to the 1980s, with Sarastro as the charismatic head of a cultish organisation which is a mixture of Mormonism, Scientology and, at the end, a mass wedding of Moonies. It's a joyous evening with some excellent singing.

Wednesday 14th March 2012 Read more...
Eugene Onegin with English Touring Opera

Eugene Onegin is one of the greatest of all operas, both musically and dramatically. James Conway's 2007 production for English Touring Opera, here revived for the first time, is very economic with stage materials – all we have is a mirror that bisects the stage, a few apple tree branches, a bed, and a couple of chairs. Catch it if you can – this is an extraordinary bargain. You will not regret it.

Sunday 11th March 2012 Read more...
Echoes of Romanticism: the Nash Ensemble at Wigmore Hall play Mozart, Wagner and Strauss

The Nash Ensembles' "Echoes of Romanticism" series at the Wigmore Hall is a fascinating story to tell, and this evening provided a particular insight into Richard Strauss – a key figure in this narrative. Excerpts from Strauss' Capriccio were presented alongside works by Mozart and Wagner.

Monday 13th February 2012 Read more...


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