Perahia’s Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto – a Treasure!

Murray Perahia turns 70 years old this April but his electrifying, extraordinary performances are not getting old. They are as fresh today as they were when he won the International Leeds Piano Competition in 1972. I was privileged to be at the Barbican Hall on Fri 07 April to see and hear his performance of Beethoven’s masterful Piano Concerto No. 5, known as “Emperor” in English-speaking countries. Perahia’s rendition, supported by the excellent Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, was simply magnificent and received a well-deserved standing ovation at the end. Read my review HERE or click on one of the pictures.


Heart warming on a cold night!

The Seasons is, to me, one of Haydn’s greatest masterpieces (and he produced many) and one of my all time favourites. There are many reasons for it, which you can explore in my review. It describes a wonderful performance of the piece by the incomparable Gabrieli Consort & Players.

It was a cold night but the music melted the ice and warmed up our hearts (and our hands) at the Barbican Hall, in London, last Saturday, 14th January 2012. A brilliant start for my new “reviewing” year!

“Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and Mozart!

South Korean soprano Sumi Jo was in London last Friday and gave a Mozart recital at Cadogan Hall! It was a glittering affair in more ways than one, especially Ms Jo’s exuberant gowns!

Can you imagine an opera singer singing to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star on stage, as the final encore to an all Mozart concert? No? Well that is exactly what Ms Jo did! There was much scintillating on stage though not always of what really mattered. Read the full review here.