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Concert Reviews

short description Kensington Symphony Orchestra – Russell Keable conducts Schoenberg – Five Orchestral Pieces and orchestrations of Bach & Brahms
short description Basel Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall – Heinz Holliger conducts The Hebrides, Meta arca, and Great C-major Symphony – Stephen Hough plays Mendelssohn
short description Stockhausen – Stimmung & Cosmic Pulses
short description The Royal Opera – Rossini’s Semiramide – Joyce DiDonato, Lawrence Brownlee, Daniela Barcellona; directed by David Alden; conducted by Antonio Pappano
short description English National Opera – world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Marnie – Sasha Cooke, Daniel Okulitch; directed by Michael Mayer; conducted by Martyn Brabbins
short description Basel Chamber Orchestra at The Anvil Basingstoke – Heinz Holliger conducts The Hebrides, Meta arca, and Great C-major Symphony – Stephen Hough plays Mendelssohn
short description EFG London Jazz Festival – Henri Texier’s Hope Quartet at Kings Place
short description John Barry – Bond and Beyond – Philharmonia Orchestra/Nicholas Dodd, presented by Robert Lindsay
short description Víkingur Ólafsson at St John’s Smith Square
short description English Chamber Orchestra at Barbican Hall – Beethoven programme – Julian Rachlin plays the Violin Concerto and conducts Coriolan & Symphony 7

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Last Night of the Proms 2017 conducted by Sakari Oramo
short description Prom 74: Vienna Philharmonic – Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Brahms & Beethoven – Emanuel Ax plays Mozart K449
short description Prom 72: Vienna Philharmonic – Daniel Harding conducts Mahler 6
short description Prom 73: András Schiff plays Book One of J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier
short description Prom 71: London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski – Funeral Song ... Volga Boatmen ... Russian Funeral ... The Year 1905 – Alina Ibragimova plays Prokofiev
short description Proms at ... The Tanks at Tate Modern
short description Prom 70: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Karina Canellakis – Missy Mazzoli & Dvořák – Jeremy Denk plays Bartók
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall, PCM8 – Elias String Quartet & Alice Neary play Schubert’s String Quintet
short description Prom 69: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck – John Adams’s Lollapalooza & Mahler 1 – Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Dvořák
short description Prom 67: Mendelssohn – The Hebrides, Violin Concerto, Reformation Symphony – Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/Pablo Heras-Casado with Isabelle Faust

CD Reviews

short description Sir Richard Rodney Bennett Orchestral Works Volume 1 – BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/John Wilson, with Colin Currie [Chandos]
short description Reicha Rediscovered, Volume 1 – Ivan Ilić [Chandos]
short description Louis Frémaux – The Complete CBSO Recordings [Warner Classics]
short description Andrew Davis conducts Vaughan Williams’s Sinfonia Antartica, Concerto for Two Pianos, and Four Last Songs [Mari Eriksmoen; Hélène Mercier & Louis Lortie; Roderick Williams; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Chandos]
short description Elgar: The New England Connection – Enigma Variations – and George Chadwick’s Symphonic Sketches [BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Andrew Constantine; Orchid Classics]
short description Beethoven’s Third & Emperor Piano Concertos – Norman Krieger/Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta [Decca]
short description LSO Live – Simon Rattle conducts Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande – with Magdalena Kožená, Christian Gerhaher & Gerald Finley
short description Vladimir Jurowski conducts Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty [State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia; ICA Classics]
short description Hallé – Mark Elder conducts Vaughan Williams’s Symphonies 4 & 6 [Hallé own label]
short description J. S. Bach – Solo Cantatas for Bass – Michael Volle & Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin [Accentus Music]

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 guitar threesome – recordings of music by Antoine Lhoyer, Johann Kaspar Mertz, and Schubert Songs
short description A Tanglewood Diary – July 7-16, 2017 – Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, Anne-Sophie Mutter, John Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Stephen Sondheim, Resurrection Symphony, Das Rheingold, Daniil Trifonov, The Knights…
short description Better Heard Than Seen – The Fhadikistania Conducting Competition, written by Leonard Slatkin
short description They’re Off and Flying, a piano competition in the future, a stellar speculation by Leonard Slatkin
short description Feature Review: English Haydn Festival 2017 [June 7-11]
short description Ancient and modern: one day at Aldeburgh [10 June 2017]
short description BBC Proms Guide for 2017 – some reflections
short description Feature Review – BBC Symphony Orchestra – Total Immersion: The Complete Edgard Varèse [6 May 2017]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2016-17: Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier – Robert Carsen’s production, with Renée Fleming, Elīna Garanča, Erin Morley and Günther Groissböck; conducted by Sebastian Weigle [Showing on Saturday May 13]
short description The Fourth Symphony of George Enescu – Historical Footnote or Major Rediscovery? [UK premiere, April 29]

Classical News

On the passing of Dmitri Hvorostovsky / Vienna State Opera
Dmitri Hvorostovsky dies aged 55
Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition 2017 – Winner Announced
The Sixteen presents the world premiere performances of Marco Galvani’s On Christmas Morn, co-commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society and Classic FM
BBC Concert Orchestra & Bramwell Tovey
New members for RSNO Board of Directors
BBC NGAs at Ryedale Festival
David Stearns to Exit Philly Inquirer
Lincoln Center Expands Jane Moss's Role
Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2018
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