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Concert Reviews

short description Welsh National Opera – Prokofiev’s War and Peace; directed by David Pountney; conducted by Tomáš Hanus
short description Elisabeth Leonskaja at Wigmore Hall – Mozart, Schoenberg, Webern
short description Natalia Osipova at Sadler’s Wells – Pure Dance
short description Berliner Philharmoniker/George Benjamin – Boulez, Ligeti – with Cédric Tiberghien playing Ravel [live webcast]
short description Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos & Yo-Yo Ma at Barbican Hall – Brahms’s Three Piano Trios
short description Opening concert of Wigmore Hall’s 2018-19 season – Schumann Song Season (1/4) – Florian Boesch & Malcolm Martineau
short description British Youth Opera – Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress
short description ENO Studio Live at Wilton’s Music Hall – Britten’s Paul Bunyan
short description Second inaugural concert of the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments [live webcast]
short description Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture – world premiere of Aħna Refuġjati: a Maltese Opera

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 66: Berliner Philharmoniker/Kirill Petrenko I – Paul Dukas & Franz Schmidt – Yuja Wang plays Prokofiev
short description Proms at … Alexandra Palace Theatre – Jane Glover conducts Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury
short description Prom 65: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Semyon Bychkov – La valse, Berio’s Sinfonia, The Rite of Spring
short description Prom 65a: Youssou Ndour & Le Super Étoile de Dakar
short description Prom 64: London Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra – Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts Verdi’s Requiem
short description Prom 62: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko – Elgar & Bartók – Adela Zaharia gives premiere of Iain Bell’s Aurora, Miah Persson sings Richard Strauss
short description Prom 63: András Schiff plays Book Two of J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier
short description Prom 61: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin – Bruckner 4 – Yefim Bronfman plays Liszt
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 7/Proms Chamber Music – Leonard Bernstein on Broadway and Beyond – Wallis Giunta & Michael Sikich ... La bonne cuisine ... Crème Brûlée on a Tree
short description Prom 60: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet – Bernstein & Shostakovich

CD Reviews

short description In Ictu Oculi – Orchestral Works by Kenneth Hesketh – BBCNOW/Christoph-Mathias Mueller [Paladino Music]
short description Howard Shelley plays Dussek Piano Concertos [Ulster Orchestra; Hyperion]
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Poulenc [LPO own label]
short description Antonio Pappano conducts Leonard Bernstein’s Three Symphonies – Jeremiah, Age of Anxiety, Kaddish – Prelude, Fugue & Riffs [Lemieux, Rana, Sierra, Barstow, Carbonare; Santa Cecilia; Warner Classics]
short description Richard Arnell: Complete Music for Violin and Piano + Stanley Bate’s Sonata No.1 – Patrick Wastnage & Elizabeth Dunn [Toccata Classics]
short description Steven Devine plays Rameau’s Complete Solo Keyboard Works [Resonus]
short description Martyn Brabbins conducts Vaughan Williams’s Sea Symphony [BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra; Hyperion]
short description ORR Live at the Concertgebouw – John Eliot Gardiner conducts Schubert & Brahms [Soli Deo Gloria]
short description Owain Park Choral Works – The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge/Stephen Layton [Hyperion]
short description Steven Osborne plays Rachmaninov’s Études-tableaux [Hyperion]

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 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
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Massenet’s Cendrillon [Showing on April 28]
short description Feature Review: International Spring Orchestra Festival, Malta – Rising Stars I, II – Jean-Marc Fabri, Francis James Camilleri, Daniel Zak Borg, Daphne Delicata
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Verdi’s Luisa Miller [Showing on April 14]

Classical News

Met to Open New Entrance to Lobby this Fall to Ease Audience Congestion
Paddington’s Musical Adventures
The Barbican presents the UK premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s score to recently restored film Die Stadt ohne Juden (1924)
Steven Isserlis marks his 60th Birthday in the 2018-19 season
New York Philharmonic
Orchestra of St. Luke's Launches DeGaetano Composition Institute with First Edition Led by Composer Anna Clyne
Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition winners
Chas, of Chas & Dave, has died
Toledo Symphony, Ballet, to Merge
And Now, Baltimore
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