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Concert Reviews

short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Bartók & Bruckner [Concert 2/January 20]
short description Berliner Philharmoniker/Mariss Jansons – Zarathustra & Rienzi – Evgeny Kissin plays Liszt [live webcast]
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
short description London Sinfonietta at Queen Elizabeth Hall – London premiere of James Dillon’s Tanz/haus, world premiere of Shuffle and of Balloon, Harrison Birtwistle & Oliver Knussen
short description Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at The Anvil – Kirill Karabits conducts Richard Strauss's Symphonia Domestica – Augustin Hadelich plays Beethoven's Violin Concerto
short description Christian Gerhaher & Gerold Huber – Winterreise at Wigmore Hall
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Marin Alsop conducts five premieres – Gieshoff, Hillborg, Tüür, Andriessen, Grime – with Stewart McIlwham & Colin Currie
short description Diana Damrau & Helmut Deutsch at Barbican Hall – Liszt, Richard Strauss, Wolf

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 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]
short description French Cello Concertos – Lalo, Milhaud, Saint-Saëns – Hee-Young Lim [LSO/Scott Yoo; Sony Classical]
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Vladimir Jurowski conducts Tchaikovsky’s Little Russian & Polish Symphonies [LPO own label]

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 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

Houston Grand Opera’s 2019–20 Season Features a Lineup of Seven Productions Never Before Seen by Houston Audiences
Houston Grand Opera Announces Cast Substitution: Baritone Alexander Birch Elliott to replace Mariusz Kwiecień in The Pearl Fishers
Sid Ramin is 100 today
London Mozart Players and clarinet virtuoso Michael Collins celebrate a trio of birthdays with an all-Mozart programme at two London concerts
Flagship gift for Scotland’s national music school
Murmurs: BCMG celebrates the music of award-winning composer Rebecca Saunders and presents the world premiere of Donghoon Shin’s concerto for Sheng virtuoso Wu Wei on Thursday 21 March
London Centre for Music
PRS New Music Biennial [July 2019]
Oslo International Church Music Festival to give Norwegian premiere of the opera Upon this Handful of Earth, centering around the modern climate change debate
Louisville Orchestra Launches Fourth Festival of American Music with Rachel Grimes’s New Folk Opera, The Way Forth (Feb 23)
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