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Concert Reviews

short description Bennewitz Quartet at Wigmore Hall – Haydn
short description Longborough Festival Opera – Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos – Helena Dix, Jonathan Stoughton, Robyn Allegra Parton, Clare Presland, Darren Jeffery; directed by Alan Privett; conducted by Anthony Negus
short description Buxton International Festival 2018 – Verdi’s Alzira – Kate Ladner, James Cleverton, Jung Soo Yun; directed by Elijah Moshinsky; conducted by Stephen Barlow
short description Buxton International Festival 2018 – Brescianello’s Tisbe – Julia Doyle, Hilary Summer, Robert Murray & Morgan Pearse; directed by Mark Burns; conducted by Adrian Chandler
short description Tanglewood – Bernstein Centennial Summer – including Trouble in Tahiti
short description Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret at Barbican Theatre
short description Grange Park Opera – Novaya Opera’s production of Konstantin Boyarsky’s Pushkin – Peter Auty, Julietta Avanesyan; directed by Igor Ushakov; conducted by Jan Latham-Koenig
short description Tanglewood – Jeremy Denk at Seiji Ozawa Hall
short description Grange Festival 2018 – Leonard Bernstein’s Candide
short description Anita Lasker-Wallfisch at Wigmore Hall

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall, PCM7 – Pavel Kolesnikov plays Chopin
short description Prom 58: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Louis Langrée – On the Waterfront & Tchaikovsky 5 – Charles Dance narrates Lincoln Portrait
short description Prom 57: Swing No End – Clare Teal, Guy Barker, Winston Rollins
short description Proms at ... Bold Tendencies Multi-Storey Car Park, Peckham – Multi-Story Orchestra/Christopher Stark – Bach/Bantock, Kate Whitley, John Adams’s Harmonielehre
short description Prom 56: The Bohemian Reformation – Tábor & Blaník, Field Mass, Hussite Overture, The Excursions of Mr Brouček, Praga – BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jakub Hrůša
short description Prom 54: La Scala Philharmonic/Riccardo Chailly – Respighi’s Pines and Fountains of Rome – Leonidas Kavakos plays Brahms's Violin Concerto
short description Prom 55: Classical Music of India and Pakistan
short description Prom 53: Beneath the Underdog – Charles Mingus Revisited
short description Prom 52: Beyond the Score® – Dvořák’s New World Symphony – Henry Goodman, Hallé, Mark Elder
short description Prom 51 – Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Sibelius & Elgar-Payne – Javier Perianes plays Saint-Saëns

CD Reviews

short description Handel’s finest arias for base voice ii – Christopher Purves with Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen [Hyperion]
short description Handel’s Acis and Galatea – Early Opera Company/Christian Curnyn with Allan Clayton & Lucy Crowe [Chandos Chaconne]
short description Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays Haydn Piano Sonatas, Volume 7 [Chandos]
short description Grace Davidson sings Handel & Vivaldi [Academy of Ancient Music & Joseph Crouch; Signum Classics]
short description Peter Oundjian conducts Vaughan Williams [Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Chandos]
short description Sebastián de Vivanco – Missa Assumpsit Jesus – De Profundis/Robert Hollingworth [Hyperion]
short description Smetana’s Festive Symphony & Dances from The Bartered Bride – Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra/Darrell Ang [Naxos]
short description LSO Live – Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner's Symphony 8 & Messiaen’s Couleurs [DVD & Blu-ray]
short description Violin Sonatas by Miaskovsky, Shebalin & Nechaev – Sasha Rozhdestvensky & Viktoria Postnikova [First Hand Records]
short description Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta – Orchestral music from Der Ring des Nibelungen [Naxos]

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 A Tanglewood Diary, 6-15 July 2018 – Andris Nelsons conducts Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial
short description Understanding Lenny through his Music, by Leonard Slatkin
short description Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – A postscript – New music for piano from Philip Cashian & Harrison Birtwistle
short description How Shostakovich Changed My Mind, by Stephen Johnson [book review]
short description Feature Review – English Haydn Festival 2018 [June 6-10]
short description Feature Review: Beethoven's Nine Symphonies on LP – Berliner Philharmoniker/Simon Rattle
short description Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – June 9, An Aldeburgh Aperitif – Orsino Ensemble and Phantasm
short description Feature Review: Britten, Bernstein and America – two concerts with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/John Wilson at Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – Robert Murray, James Horan, Mark O’Keeffe, Cédric Tiberghien, Pavel Kolesnikov, Claire Chase [June 8 & 9]
short description William Bolcom at Eighty, and in London June 1 & 2
short description May 2018 releases from Calliope and Indésens – Debussy, Mozart, Ravel, Szymanowski, and Modern Piano Recital

Classical News

Nicola Benedetti is 31 today
International Contemporary Ensemble Taps New Executive Director
Former NEA Chair to PBS
Contract Terminated for Creative Scotland Chief
Franz Beyer dies aged 96
Snape Proms 2018: 1–31 August
Royal College of Music becomes first London conservatoire to embrace ‘collaborative’ piano
Basil Ramsey (1929-2018)
Sergei Babayan & Deutsche Grammophon
Szymanowski Music Competition
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