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Concert Reviews

short description Handel’s Alcina – David Bates conducts La Nuova Musica, with Lucy Crowe & Patrick Terry; narrated by Joanna Lumley
short description Kensington Symphony Orchestra at Queen Elizabeth Hall – Russell Keable conducts Kings Row & Daphnis et Chloé, Richard Uttley plays Gershwin’s Piano Concerto
short description Rafał Blechacz at Wigmore Hall – Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Bartók & Bruckner [Concert 2/January 20]
short description Endellion String Quartet fortieth-anniversary concert at Wigmore Hall – Haydn Rider, Bartók 2, Beethoven 131
short description Berliner Philharmoniker/Mariss Jansons – Zarathustra & Rienzi – Evgeny Kissin plays Liszt [live webcast]
short description The Royal Ballet – Liam Scarlett's Asphodel Meadows | Frederick Ashton's The Two Pigeons
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra – Ryan Wigglesworth conducts Schoenberg’s Pelleas und Melisande – James Ehnes plays Beethoven’s Violin Concerto
short description Britten Sinfonia at Barbican Hall – Mark Elder conducts Britten’s Suite on English Folk Tunes and Brahms’s Second Symphony – Paula Murrihy sings Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
short description The Royal Opera – Richard Eyre’s production of Verdi’s La traviata – Ermonela Jaho, Charles Castronovo, Igor Golovatenko; conducted by Antonello Manacorda

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 75: Andrew Davis conducts The Last Night, with Gerald Finley & Jess Gillam
short description Prom 74: Handel’s Theodora conducted by Jonathan Cohen, with Louise Alder, Iestyn Davies & Ann Hallenberg
short description Prom 72: Peter Oundjian conducts Britten’s War Requiem
short description Prom 73: Before the Ending of the Day – Tallis Scholars & Peter Phillips
short description Prom 71: John Eliot Gardiner conducts Berlioz with Joyce DiDonato and Antoine Tamestit
short description Prom 70: Tango
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 8/Proms Chamber Music – Soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker with Alasdair Beatson
short description Prom 69: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons II – Shostakovich 4 – Baiba Skride plays Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade
short description Prom 68: Berliner Philharmoniker/Kirill Petrenko II – Richard Strauss & Beethoven
short description Prom 67: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons I – Mahler 3 with Susan Graham

CD Reviews

short description so many stars – Violin and Piano Sonatinas – Fenella Humphreys & Nicola Eimer [Stone Records]
short description LSO Live – Nikolaj Znaider plays Mozart Violin Concertos, K207, K211 & K216
short description Amarae morti – El León de Oro/Peter Phillips [Hyperion]
short description Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria – Monteverdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner with Furio Zanasi, Lucile Richardot & Krystian Adam [Soli Deo Gloria]
short description Garrick Ohlsson plays Brahms – Opuses 4, 116, 117, 118 [Hyperion]
short description Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducts Sibelius – Symphony 1 & En Saga – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra [Alpha Classics]
short description John Andrews conducts the first recording of Arthur Sullivan’s The Light of the World [BBC Symphony Chorus & Concert Orchestra; Dutton]
short description Arcadia Quartet – Béla Bartók’s Complete String Quartets [Chandos]
short description Manuel Cardoso Requiem – Cupertinos/Luís Toscano [Hyperion]
short description Zubin Mehta & Israel Philharmonic – The Mumbai Concerts – with Forsyth, Matsuev, Zukerman [Accentus; DVD]

SoundBite60 Reviews

  Fantasía – Maximiliano Martín & Inocencio Negrín
  Haydn 24 Minuets
  Sting/Dowland: Songs from the Labyrinth
  Gounod Symphonies
  Chopin/Cortot
  Tales of Beatrix Potter

Opera 100 Reviews

  Puccini: Il trittico – Il tabarro
  Puccini: Il trittico – Suor Angelica
  Puccini: Il trittico – Gianni Schicchi
  Beethoven: Fidelio
  Britten: Peter Grimes
  Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia
  Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
  Wagner: Tannhäuser
  Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur
  Mozart: Idomeneo, re di Creta

Features & Interviews

short description Theo Adam – 1 August 1926-10 January 2019: An appreciation by Alexander Campbell
short description John Joubert: A composer for today and tomorrow – An appreciation by Kenneth Woods
short description Leonard Bernstein 100 – The Masters Photograph the Maestro [book review]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur [Showing on January 12]
short description Eloquence Goes Dutch – Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Eduard van Beinum, Edo de Waart, with guest appearances from Eugen Jochum, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Géza Anda
short description Countdown to Christmas (Boxes) and into 2019... – 3: José Serebrier conducts Glazunov, Complete Symphonies & Concertos [Warner Classics]
short description Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite, by Roger Daltrey [book review]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Verdi’s La traviata [Showing on December 15]
short description Countdown to Christmas (Boxes) and into 2019... – 2: Rafael Kubelík, Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
short description Countdown to Christmas (Boxes) and into 2019... – 1: George Szell, Complete Columbia Album Collection

Classical News

Chita Rivera is 86 today
Thomas Larcher, BBCSO & Aldeburgh
Eric Whitacre news
Leeds Piano Festival 2019
Bath Bachfest, February 21-23
Wigmore Hall announces 2019/20 Season
English National Opera presents a sparkling new production of the 20th century’s most popular operetta, The Merry Widow
Opera North & Khyam Allami
Garsington 30
Houston Grand Opera’s 2019–20 Season Features a Lineup of Seven Productions Never Before Seen by Houston Audiences
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