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Concert Reviews

short description Malta International Music Festival/Armenian Cultural Days in Malta – Armenian State Symphony Orchestra/Sergey Smbatyan – Rachmaninov – Nikolai Lugansky plays Paganini Rhapsody
short description Alina Ibragimova & Cédric Tiberghien play Brahms’s Three Violin Sonatas at Wigmore Hall
short description Colin Currie & Nicolas Hodges at Queen Elizabeth Hall – Birtwistle, Feldman, Stockhausen
short description Americana ’18 at St John’s Smith Square – English Symphony Orchestra/Kenneth Woods – Emma Johnson plays Copland
short description New York Philharmonic/Christoph Eschenbach – Bruckner 9 – Till Fellner plays Mozart K482
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Stravinsky – Vladimir Jurowski conducts Symphony in C & Tango, and Shostakovich 6, Leif Ove Andsnes plays Debussy
short description Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Kirill Karabits at Lighthouse – Rachmaninov – Nemanja Radulović plays Tchaikovsky
short description Castalian String Quartet at Wigmore Hall – Haydn – the first three Quartets of Opus 76
short description London Handel Festival – Occasional Oratorio
short description The Metropolitan Opera – Phelim McDermott’s production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte – Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, Adam Plachetka, Christopher Maltman & Kelli O’Hara; conducted by David Robertson

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 68: Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev – Prokofiev’s October Revolution Cantata & Shostakovich 5 – Denis Matsuev plays Tchaikovsky
short description Proms at ... Wilton’s Music Hall – songbirdsongs ... Molly's Song 3 ... Eight Songs for a Mad King
short description Prom 66: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Daniele Gatti – Haydn’s Bear & Mahler’s Fourth
short description Prom 64: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Daniele Gatti – Wolfgang Rihm’s In-Schrift & Bruckner 9
short description Prom 65: Stax Records – 50 Years of Soul – Jools Holland
short description Prom 63: Semyon Bychkov conducts The Oresteia & Manfred Symphony – Kirill Gerstein plays Rachmaninov
short description Prom 61: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/Sakari Oramo – Andrea Tarrodi & Carl Nielsen – Renée Fleming sings Samuel Barber & Richard Strauss
short description Prom 62: Chineke! conducted by Kevin John Edusei, with Sheku Kanneh-Mason & Jeanine De Bique
short description Prom 60: Oslo Philharmonic/Vasily Petrenko – The Firebird & Shostakovich 12 – Leif Ove Andsnes plays Rachmaninov
short description Prom 59: Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito from Glyndebourne Festival Opera – Richard Croft, Alice Coote, Joélle Harvey, Anna Stéphany, Michèle Losier, Clive Bayley; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Robin Ticciati

CD Reviews

short description Brian Ferneyhough La Terre est un Homme [NMC]
short description Mark Bebbington plays Piano Concertos by Grieg and Delius [Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Jan Latham-Koenig; Somm]
short description Joseph Tong – Sibelius Piano Works, Volume 2 [Quartz]
short description Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta – Kodály – Galánta, Concerto, Peacock, Marosszék [Naxos]
short description Tasmin Little & Piers Lane play Brahms’s Three Violin Sonatas [Chandos]
short description Garrick Ohlsson plays piano music by Manuel de Falla [Hyperion]
short description Steve Reich’s Drumming – Colin Currie Group & Synergy Vocals [Colin Currie Records]
short description Sounds of Transformation – David Greilsammer [Sony Classical]
short description Adam Laloum plays Brahms’s two Piano Concertos [Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Kazuki Yamada; Sony Classical]
short description George Li – Live at the Mariinsky [Warner Classics]

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: 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]
short description Bampton Classical Opera – Young Singers’ Competition 2017
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel [Showing on November 18]

Classical News

18-year-old Diana Adamyan from Armenia wins Senior First Prize at the 2018 Menuhin Competition in Geneva and host city for 2020 Competition named as Richmond, USA
BBC Young Musician/Robert Burton
NY Philharmonic Archivist to Step Down
Turin's Teatro Regio Intendant Exits Early; Noseda's Future Unclear
10 year-old Australian Christian Li and 11 year-old Chloe Chua from Singapore win joint Junior First Prize at the 2018 Menuhin Competition in Geneva
The Royal Opera presents the world premiere of Mamzer Bastard by Doctoral Composer-in-Residence, Na’ama Zisser, a co-commission with the Guildhall School in association with Hackney Empire
Composer Roxanna Panufnik celebrates her 50th birthday with two major commissions and an album release
Yan Pascal Tortelier is 71 today
Murray Perahia is 71 today
Aurora Orchestra at BBC Proms
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