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Concert Reviews

short description Detroit Symphony Orchestra French Festival – 5/6: Leonard Slatkin conducts Rabaud’s Procession & Debussy’s Faune and La mer – Benjamin Beilman plays Saint-Saëns [live webcast]
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Stravinsky – Vasily Petrenko conducts Les noces & Song of the Nightingale, and Scheherazade, Andreas Brantelid plays Elgar’s Cello Concerto
short description Doric String Quartet at Wigmore Hall – The first three Quartets of Haydn’s Opus 64
short description LSO – Lionel Bringuier conducts Métaboles & Daphnis et Chloé – Alina Ibragimova plays Brahms
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Stravinsky – Juanjo Mena conducts The Rite of Spring, and Debussy & Delius, Benedetto Lupo plays Ravel's Left-hand Concerto
short description UK premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking – Joyce DiDonato & Michael Mayes; BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth
short description The Metropolitan Opera – François Girard’s production of Wagner’s Parsifal – Klaus Florian Vogt, Peter Mattei, René Pape, Evelyn Herlitzius, Evgeny Nikitin, Alfred Walker; conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin
short description BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recital at Wigmore Hall – Ashley Riches & Joseph Middleton – A Musical Zoo
short description Detroit Symphony Orchestra French Festival – 4/6: Leonard Slatkin conducts Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Gymnopédies & Gaité Parisienne – Michelle & Christina Naughton play Carnival of Animals [live webcast]
short description LSO – Daniel Harding conducts Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony & Helen Grime’s Virga – Leonidas Kavakos plays Prokofiev

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 50: CBSO/Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla – Leonore No.3 & Beethoven’s Fifth, Leila Josefowicz plays Stravinsky, and Allan Clayton premieres Gerald Barry’s Canada
short description Prom 47: Reformation Day 1 – Bach’s Little Organ Book past and present – Robert Quinney & William Whitehead at Royal Albert Hall organ
short description Prom 48: Reformation Day 2 – A Patchwork Passion – BBC Singers & City of London Sinfonia conducted by Sofi Jeannin
short description Prom 49: Reformation Day 3 – J. S. Bach’s St John Passion with the Dunedin Ensemble and John Butt
short description Prom 46: Simon Rattle conducts the LSO in Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, with Simon O'Neill, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Karen Cargill, Christopher Purves, Peter Hoare, Thomas Quasthoff
short description Prom 45: Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, dedicated to the memory of Jiří Bělohlávek
short description Prom 43: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Charles Dutoit conducts Falla’s El amor brujo & Saint-Saëns’s Third Symphony – Joshua Bell plays Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole
short description Prom 44: Bang on a Can All-Stars – Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Philip Glass, Louis Andriessen
short description Prom 42: François-Xavier Roth conducts Les Siècles – Saint-Saëns, Delibes, Franck, Lalo – Cédric Tiberghien plays the Egyptian Piano Concerto & Les Djinns
short description Prom 40: Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Robin Ticciati – Tragic Overture, Nocturne Insomnia, Rhenish Symphony – Christian Tetzlaff plays Berg’s Violin Concerto

CD Reviews

short description Sakari Oramo conducts Florent Schmitt – Antony and Cleopatra & Symphony 2 [BBC Symphony Orchestra; Chandos]
short description JoAnn Falletta conducts Berlioz’s Requiem in Virginia [Hampton Road Classics]
short description Lisa Ueda & Daniele Rinaldo – Sonatas for Violin & Piano by Debussy, Janáček and Respighi [Heritage]
short description Aaron Copland conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker – music by Carter, Ives & Copland – with Karl Leister in Copland’s Clarinet Concerto [Testament]
short description Bach Magnificats – Johann Sebastian, Johann Christian, Carl Philipp Emanuel – Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen [Hyperion]
short description Sonya Yoncheva – The Verdi Album [Sony Classical]
short description Music by Franz Danzi – Piano and Cello Concertos – Nareh Arghamanyan, Aurélian Pascal, Howard Griffiths [Sony Classical]
short description Johann Gottlieb Janitsch – Sonatas & Ouverture grosso – Rediscoveries from the Sara Levy collection [Tempesta di Mare & Philadelphia Baroque; Chandos Chaconne]
short description Riccardo Chailly conducts Stravinsky – including The Rite of Spring and the first recording of Funeral Song [Lucerne Festival Orchestra; Decca]
short description LSO Live – Simon Rattle conducts Haydn – An Imaginary Orchestral Journey

SoundBite60 Reviews

  Riccardo Muti conducts Schumann’s Four Symphonies
  Antal Dorati conducts Brahms’s Four Symphonies
  Coppélia & Sylvia/Dorati & Fistoulari
  Rossini’s String Sonatas/I Musici
  Schubert: The Ten Symphonies/Neville Marriner
  Russian Overtures & Orchestral Works/Mikhail Pletnev
  Tchaikovsky Symphonies 1-6/Igor Markevitch
  Debussy Préludes/Jorge Bolet
  Chopin Piano Concertos/Jorge Bolet & Charles Dutoit
  Mozart Piano Concertos/Alicia de Larrocha & Georg Solti

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 Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Puccini’s La bohème [Showing on February 24]
short description Feature Review – New World Symphony’s New Works: Michael Tilson Thomas conducts…
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore [Showing on February 10]
short description Feature Review – BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion: Leonard Bernstein [January 27]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: David McVicar's production of Puccini’s Tosca with Yoncheva, Grigolo & Lučić [Showing on January 27]
short description Feature Review: From ICA Classics – BBC Legends box sets and Guido Cantelli, Herbert von Karajan, Otto Klemperer
short description Year of Wonder, by Clemency Burton-Hill [book review]
short description The music of Geraldine Mucha – a Prague concert and an Arco Diva recording
short description Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017)
short description Leading Tones by Leonard Slatkin [book review]

Classical News

Famed concert organist offers prize for young Birmingham musicians
Metropolitan Opera Cast Change Advisory: Semiramide
St John's Smith Square and Tenebrae announce HOLY WEEK FESTIVAL 2018
Queen Elizabeth Hall & Purcell Room
The prestigious Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition begins in earnest today
Raimund Herincx dies aged 90
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Debussy Festival, Curated by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, 16-25 March 2018
St John’s Smith Square announces OCCUPY THE PIANOS Festival 2018 / Celebrating two themes: Protest and The Journey Within [April 20-22]
Jaime Martín & Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Polly Graham & Longborough Festival Opera
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