James McCarthy

Recent articles by James McCarthy

Concert review: Russian Daydreams (Pinchas Steinberg, SSO)

Steinberg is equally at home daydreaming with Tchaikovsky or battling the Bosch on the ice.

Beethoven, Mozart: Piano concertos (Sudbin, Minnesota Orchestra/Vänskä)

Sudbin and Vänskä a fine match for Wolfgang and Ludwig

The Wigmore Hall Recital (Meneses, Pires)

Meneses and Pires probe to be a Latin match made in heaven

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (Bergen Philharmonic, Järvi)

A vigorous reading that doesn't quite displace the benchmarks

Andreae: Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto (Altenburger, Pavri)

More than just cuckoo clocks from a forgotten Swiss maestro.

Shostakovich: Symphony No 10 (Royal Concertgebouw)

Dutch Shostakovich weighed down by lead in its boots.

Prokofiev: The Gambler (Mariinsky Opera)

Prokofiev’s psychodrama proves well worth taking a punt on.

Stanford: Sacred Choral Music (Winchester Cathedral Choir)

An Anglican celebration of choral wonder.

Verdi: Attila (Mariinsky Opera)

Gerviev takes on Verdi’s tale of rape, pillage and operatic arson.

Britten: Death in Venice (Gard, Shirley-Quirk, Bowman)

Australian tenor Robert Gard catches his death in Tony Palmer’s Venice.

Smetana: The Bartered Bride (Burešova, Juhás)

No real "folk" used in the making of this "folk opera".

Live review: Wagner Madness (Sydney Symphony, Nicholas Carter)

Simone Young’s Hamburg assistant goes nuts for Wagner

Vaughan Williams: A Cotswold Romance

Hickox knew British choral music like the back of his hand.

Wagner arr Maazel: The Ring Without Words

With Brünnhilde on strike, Wagner reveals true strengths.

Top 12 great symphonies you probably haven't heard

Our critics unearth 12 symphonic masterworks overlooked by history.


Engaging study of the maestros who made Wagner great.

ELGAR: The Dream of Gerontius; Cello Concerto (Soloists; Sydney Symphony/Ashkenazy)

Backing a winner: Ashkenazy tackles a favourite of Australian listeners.

RESPIGHI: Violin Concerto (violin: Laura Marzadori; Chamber Orch of New York/Vittorio)

This new CD offers a rare and welcome look into the early compositions of Ottorino Respighi.

HOWELLS: The Winchester Service (Winchester Cathedral Choir/Lumsden)

Sensitive and robust choral performances in the best English tradition take this music to exalted heights.

DVORAK: New World Symphony; R STRAUSS: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Israel PO/Mehta)

Dvorak's Ninth is surprisingly flabby and untidy from these usually excellent forces.
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