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SONDHEIM Merrily we roll along Michael Grandage (director) Gareth Valentine (musical director) Donmar Theatre, London 1 Dec 2000 - 3 March 2001

Frederick CLIFFE Symphony No 1 in C minor Lambeth Orchestra/ Christopher Fifield St Luke's Church, West Norwood, London SE27 16 December 2000.

The Enigma of Yuri Temirkanov and the Philadelphia Shostakovich Tradition (R M-B)

Verdi: Requiem, Coliseum, ENO, December 2000 (MB)

Bach, Geminiani, Handel, Purcell & Wassenaer Academy of Ancient Music/Andrew Manze. St John's Smith Square, London. 29 November 00 (PGW)
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival November 2000 (PGW & ANR)

Brahms, Wagner, R.Strauss: Philharmonia Orchestra, Christian Thielemann, RFH 30 November 2000 (MB)

Cage, Varese & Reich RNCM Percussion Ensemble: Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. 30 November 00 (ANR).

Gerard Hoffnung Exhibition: The British Cartoon Centre London

World Music Days

Zero plus One and Millions. South London Gallery, Peckham ,. 28 November 2000

Schubert Lieder. Christine Schafer (soprano) with Graham Johnson (piano). Wigmore Hall, 27 November 2000 (PGW)



Schubert Quartettsatz; String Quartet in A minor (Rosamunde); String Quintet. Orpheus Quartet with Antonio Lysy, 2nd cello. Wigmore Hall, 25 November 2000 (SD)

Arthur Butterworth Guitar Concerto Craig Ogden (guitar)/Leeds Symphony Orchestra/Martin Binks. Notre Dame College, Leeds. 19 November 00 (PC)

Mozart, Berg, Tchaikovsky: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra/James Levine, Barbican 28 November, 2000. (MB)

Berio: Folk Songs. Rota: La Strada. Dallapiccola: The Prisoner English National Opera/Richard Hickox, conductor. London Coliseum 17 November 2000 (RW)

Kantak. Philip Howard Small as dust. Lazkano Sorginkeriak. Erkoreka Bizitza. Guerrero Concierto da Cámera. De Pablo Dibujos. Torres Ceremonia Secreta. Purcell Room, November 23rd, 2000.

Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2 & Symphony No 1, Philharmonia Orchestra, Maurizio Pollini (pf), Christoph von Dohnányi, RFH, November 2000 (MB)

Dusapin, Keeling, C. Matthews & Stravinsky Trinity College Contemporary Music Group/DiegoMasson with Evelyn Glennie (percussion) Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich 16 November 2000

Happy (if somewhat anxious) 100th Birthday, Philadelphia Orchestra! (RM-B)

About DVDs - reflections from the Editor of Seen&Heard (PGW)

An American Portrait: Aaron Copland BBC Symphony & Concert Orchestras / Leonard Slatkin Barbican Hall 10 - 12 November 2000 (RW)
Copland 100th Anniversary Concert Nash Ensemble/Lionel Friend, Barbara Bonney with Malcolm Martineau, Wigmore Hall 14 November 2000-11-15

Leoncavallo La Bohème ENO 2 November 2000 (AW)

Luxembourg 2000 - the Capital of the European Contemporary Music Community.Interview with Artistic Director Marcel Wengler by Anton Rovner

Cashian, Harrison, Norman, Redgate The Comp osers Ensemble/Roger Redgate, The Warehouse 9 11 00 (PGW)

Skampa String Quartet Beethoven Op 18/2; Prokofiev No. 2, Op. 92; Franck Piano Quintet with Kathryn Stott (piano) Wigmore Hall, 11 November 2000

Fifth British Contemporary Piano Competition Vestry Hall & The Warehouse, London. 10-12 November 2000

Jonathan Dove/Nick Dear The Palace in the Sky conducted by Stuart Stratford, with Robert Tear, Keel Watson (Nicholas Folwell), Toby Stafford-Allen, Sally June Gain, Diana Moore, Gavin Spokes, Collegium Musicum, CYM Hackney Saturday Music Centre Choir, Percussion Ensemble and players/Simon Foxley, Hackney Youth Jazz Orchestra; Cambridge Heath Salvation Army Band, Alevi Saz Ensemble, Hackney Youth Steel Orchestra, The Hoxton Singers & Old Spice, a multitude of children and adult residents of Hackney. Hackney Empire 5 November 00

Bach: Partita No. 6 in E minor, BW V830; English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV811 Szymanowski: Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 36; Two Mazurkas, Op. 62 Piotr Anderszewski (piano) Queen Elizabeth Hall, 9 November 2000

Chopin, Mendelssohn, Weber etc Florian Uhlig (piano) Wigmore Hall 8 11 00

Philip Jones Concert, A Concert to Celebrate His Life and W ork at the Royal Northern College of Music, Sema Group Concert Hall, 1st November. Featuring the RNCM Brass Ensemble and member of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, Conductor John Iveson.

Michael Berkeley Jane Eyre   Music Theatre Wales/Michael Rafferty Linbury Studio (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden) 2 November 2000

Mahler Symphony No 7 LSO/Michael T ilson Thomas Barbican 5 November 00 (PGW)

Webern, Brahms Cello Sonatas, Janacek Pohadka; Leif Ove Andsnes (piano) Heinrich Schiff (cello) Wigmore Hall, 7 November 00 (PGW)

Massenet La Navarraise & le portrait de Manon; Debussy L'enfant prodigue Guildhall School of Music & Drama, 4 November 00

Alan Bush Centenary Concert, Wigmore Hall 1 November 00

Tchaikovsky The Queen of Spades Welsh National Opera, Oxford 17 October 00 (AW)

HANDEL Semele San Francisco Opera, 1 November 2000 (HE)

Strauss Don Quixote; Beethoven Symphony No 2 LSO/Ozawa with Bashmet & Rostropovich Barbican, London. 2 November 00 (CF)


Birtwistle The Last Supper Glyndebourne Touring Opera Glyndebourne Theatre, 21 October 2000 (PGW).

KREMERata Baltica: Music for the Cinema San Francisco Symphony, 29 October 2000 (HE)

Wagner Tristan & Isolde Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 30 October 00

"EuropeAsia" Contemporary Music Festival in Kazan April 2000 (AR)

Mahler: Symphony No 9, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle, Barbican 28 October 2000 (MB)

A Quiet Evening Richard Benjafield and Chris Brannick (percussion) The Warehouse 26 October 00

Faust play Nosferatu, Royal Festival Hall, 25 October, 2000 (MB)

Donatella Flick Conducting Competition Barbican, 23 October 2000. (MB)

Davidson; Brahms; Schoenberg/Webern. The Bennelong Ensemble at St James's Church, Piccadilly. 23 October 00.

BBCSO 70th Birthday Concert  Bainbridge Scherzi; Turnage Another Set To; Barber Violin Concerto; Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky BBC Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin with Christian Lindberg (trombone), Joshua Bell (violin) and Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano) Barbican, 22 October 2000 (MB)

Donizetti L'Elisir d'Amore San Francisco Opera, 21 October 2000 (HE)

Bedford; Tavener; Elgar etc London Mozart Players/David Parry. Fairfield Halls, Croydon 21 10 00

BIZET Carmen Welsh National Opera at Oxford, 21 October 00

IXION with conductor Michael Finnissy & Stephen Gutman (piano). The Warehouse, London 19 October 00

Puccini La Bohème Glyndebourne Touring Company/Louis Langrée at Glyndebourne Opera House, 15 October 00 (TW)

Birtwistle: Tragoedia; Silbury Air; Slow Frieze. Hesketh: Torturous Instruments Sawer: Tiroirs. London Sinfonietta/Martyn Brabbins with Joanna MacGregor (piano) Queen Elizabeth Hall, London 14 October 00 (RW)

C P E Bach; Grazioli; S tepan. Andreas Erismann (clavichord) BCS at Art Workers' Guild, London, 14 October 00

Rossini The Turk in Italy ENO at The Coliseum, London 11 October 00 (AW)

Krása: Symphony for Small Orchestra Ligeti: Piano Concerto Colin Matthews: Continuum (World premiere, BCMG Sound Investment commission) Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Sir Simon Rattle; Cynthia Clarey (mezzo-soprano) Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano), Barbican Hall, 10 October 00 (RW)

MacMillan in Manchester: James MacMillan Composer/Conductor, The BBC Philharmonic and The RNCM New Music Ensemble. The Royal Northern College of Music 4 October 2000

David Conte: Elegy for Matthew  St B artholomew's Church, New York City

BRITTEN The Turn of the Screw Broomhill Opera, Wilton's Music Hall, London, 12 October 00

Prague Spring 2000 Elgar/Payn e Symphony No 3 Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Ashkenazy Dvorak Symphony No 7, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra/Ceccato (DW)

ISCM World Music Days  2000   Luxembourg 29 September-8 October

HEGGIE Dead Man Walking San Francisco Opera, 7 October 2000 (HE)

Honegger: Symphony No. 3, 'Liturgique' Fauré: Requiem Dorothea Röschmann, soprano Simon Keenleyside, baritone London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra Antonio Pappano, conductor  Barbican Hall, Sunday 8 October

Monteverdi The Coronation of Poppea ENO, The Coliseum, 7 10 00 (PGW)

MUSICA2000 at STRASBOURG 25-28 September 00 (PGW+AW)

TAVENER in Pentonville HMP Pentonville, Monday October 2, 2000, 7.45pm

MAHLER: Rückertlieder & Symphony No 10 (Cooke) Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Matthias Goerne (baritone) Riccardo Chailly (cond), RFH, 6 October, 2000 (MB)


The Cutting Edge: Rebecca Saunders - Portrait Topologies BMIC at The Warehouse, London, Thursday 28 September (RW)

BRITTEN BILLY BUDD Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 20 September 2000 (PGW)

PUCCINI Manon Lescaut ENO, 18 September 2000 (AW)

Richard Strauss CAPRICCIO N ederlandse Opera, Amsterdam, September 2000. (AW)

International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in Berlin 27. August - 1. September 2000 (JM)

JUNE IN BUFFALO 2000 report by Hans-Theodor Wohlfahrt

INTERNATIONAL GAUDEAMUS MUSIC WEEK Amsterdam, 31 August to 10 September 2000 (AW & PGW)

SAN SEBASTIAN FESTIVAL August-September 2000 (PGW & AW)

SCHUBERT Die Schöne Müllerin Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Eric Schneider (piano) Wigmore Hall, London. 9 September 2000

>Prom 63 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 Henze: Symphony No. 9 (UK premiere)

The Complete Millennium Musical (abridged) The Reduced Shakespeare Company. Greenwich Theatre, 25 July to 2 September 2000

Gomez Salvator Rosa Dorset Opera Company conducted by Patrick Shelley. Bloomsbury Theatre, London 14 August 00 (PGW)


>PROM 61 Rimsk y-Korsakov: Dubinushka, Op. 62, Copland: Symphonic Ode Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Op. 105 San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor, RAH 31 Augsust 2000 (RW)

>PROM 60 Carl Ruggles - S un-Treader, Schumann - Piano Concerto in A minor; Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring. San Francisco SO / Michael Tilson Thomas Martha Argerich, piano, 30 August 2000 (SD)

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL: Das Rheingold, Scottish Opera, Festival Theatre, August 2000 (MB)

>PROM 58 Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan & Isolde and Bruckner Symphony No 7 in E major, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, RAH 28 August 2000 (MB)

>PROM 56 Bach orch Webern 'Ricercar ' from A Musical Offering, Mozart Piano Concerto No 25 in C, K503, Arvo Pärt Come anhela la cierva, Dvorak Symphonic Variations, Op 78, BBC SO, conductor Jiri Belohlavek Richard Goode, piano & Patricia Rozario, soprano (SD)

>PROM 48: Franz Schmidt: Das Buch Mit Sieben Siegeln BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus & BBC Symphony Orchestra Franz Welser-Möst, RAH, 20 August 2000 (MB)

>PROM 45: Sacred pieces by Copland, Billings, Ives, Schuman & Bernstein, RAH 17 August, 2000 (SD)

ST MAGNUS FESTIVAL: ORKNEY ISLANDS (16-21 June 2000) Paul Conway reports

St. Magnus Festival Orkney Islands: June16 to 21, 2000. report by John Warnaby

SULLIVAN & GILBERT The Pirates of Penzance The New Shakespeare Company, Open Air Theatre Regent's Park, London 31 July 00.

>PROM 42: Mahler Symphony No 9, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis + Mozart Piano Concerto No 22, K482 (Emmanuel Ax). (MB)

Vivaldi Orlando Plays Mad   Tete a Tete at Battersea Arts Centre, London. 11 August 00

>Handel Messiah T he English Concert/Trevor Pinnock with choir and soloists. Prom 28, Royal Albert Hall, 5 August 00

>HOLLOWAY: Symphony (World Premiere) WAGNER : Die Walküre, Act 3. BBC Symphony Orchestra/Donald Runnicles Prom 20 (RW)

>SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No 5 and works by Bernstein & Mahler. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Yakov Kreizberg, PROM 17, RAH, 27 July 2000 (MB)

JULY 2000

The webmaster was on holiday for the first two weeks of August. During this period Seen&Heard reviews were posted on the Performance web site and can be found in the classical department, section headed Notes on Notes.

Gilbert & Sullivan The Yeomen of the Guard Opera Holland Park/Tom Higgins. 25 July 2000 (PGW)

Mozart, Beethoven; Schumann. George-Emmanuel Lazaridis (piano) Wallace Collection, 23 July 2000-07-26

Mozart Don Giovanni - Glyndebourne July 15th 2000 Cosi fan tutte - Glyndebourne 16th July 2000

Evelyn Glennie with Michael H. Brauer, QEH, 23 July 2000 (MB)

>Shostakovich: Symphony No 4 & Brahms Violin Concerto, Viktoria Mullova (vln), BBC Philharmonic, Vassily Sinaisky, RAH, 20 July 2000 (MB)

GUEST REVIEW Liszt Transcendental Etudes Nos. 8, 9, 10 & 11; Consolation No.3 Prokofiev Piano Sonata No.7 in B-flat major Op.83 Chopin Four Ballade;s Grand Polonaise Chopin Liszt Freddy Kempf piano 2 July, 2000 Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore

Per Nørgård: Nuit des Hommes Almeida Theatre, London 12-15 July, 2000 (RW)

Yvar Mikhashoff's Tango Project
Catherine Edwards, Robert Keeley, Martin Butler, Stephen Gutman (pianists); Hoxton Hall, London. 15/16 July 2000 (PGW)

Music without Boundaries Larry Cory ell (guitar) Hari Prasad Chaurasia (flute) George Brooks (saxophone) Bill Bruford (drums) Earthworks and Silk World Music Group. Barbican Centre, London. 14 July 2000 (AW)

PROKOFIEV: Semyon Kotko Kirov Opera Company/Gergiev. Royal Opera House, London. 13 July 2000 (LF)

PURCELL King Arthur directed by Richard Williams. Trinity College of Music Opera Group & Baroque Orchestra/Philip Thorby. Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich. 15 July 2000.

Adrian Spillett and 4-MALITY, Purcell Room, 16 July 2000 (MB)
4-MALITY are: Adrian Spillett, Jan Bradley, Geir Rafnsson & Stephen Whibley

>DEBUSSY Prélude de l'après-midi d'un faune. YU Not a Stream but an Ocean. MESSIAEN Oiseaux exotiques. BENJAMIN Palimpsest. STRAVINSKY The Firebird - Suite (1919). Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano); BBC National Orchestra of Wales/George Benjamin. PROM Royal Albert Hall, 17 July 2000

>MENDELSSOHN St Paul BBC National Chorus of Wales/London Symphony Chorus/Houston Symphony Chorus/BBC National Orchestra of Wales/ Richard Hickox. Royal Albert Hall, 16 July 2000 [SD]



Fan Mail: Porvoo Summer Sounds Festival

Almeida Opera & Hoxton New Music Days
Per NØRGÅRD/ Islington Music Centre/ Elysian Singers/ Composers Ensemble/Richard Baker, Hoxton Hall, 8 July.
John Luther ADAMS Earth and the Great Weather The Almeida Theatre, 9 July

SCHUBERT Arpeggione Sonata, MARTINU Viola Sonata, BRAHMS Viola Sonata in Eb. Vladimir Bukac (viola) Arkadi Zenziper (piano) Wallace Collection, London. 9 July 2000 (PGW)

Hoxton New Music Days Hoxton Hall, London June/July 2000 (PGW)
                      Endymion Ensemble with Sarah Leonard (soprano) 4 July;
                      Cello Ensemble/Carewe with Mary Wiegold (soprano) 6 July.

Summer Sounds Festival in Porvoo, Finland. June/July 2000 Organ Summer 2000, Helsinki.

Sondheim & Wheeler Sweeney Todd  The Bridewell, London, June 2000 (PGW & AW)

Richard Strauss Alpine Symphony and Orchestral Songs Trinity College of Music at Blackheath Halls, 5 July 2000

Composer Martin Butler 40th Birthday Concert RNCM New Music Ensemble 26th June 2000 at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.

Gaurav Mazumdar (sitar) & Sonjuhi Priyadarshani (singer) Purcell Room, SBC, 2 July 2000 (MB)

Dublin Barry Festival, Eire, June 2000 (JM)

Jan-Jun 2000 here


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