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Concert Reviews

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
short description The Metropolitan Opera – John Cox’s production of Massenet’s Thaïs – Ailyn Pérez, Gerald Finley, Jean-François Borras; conducted by Emmanuel Villaume
short description Shostakovich & Messiaen at St John’s Smith Square – Osborne, Ehnes, Gerhardt, Johnson
short description Cédric Tiberghien at Turner Sims
short description Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev at Carnegie Hall – Shostakovich & Scriabin – Denis Matsuev plays Prokofiev
short description EFG London Jazz Festival – Herbie Hancock at Barbican Hall
short description BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recital at Wigmore Hall – Gabriela Montero
short description Kirill Gerstein at Wigmore Hall

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 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]
short description Steve Elcock Orchestral Music, Volume One [Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Paul Mann; Toccata 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 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]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2016-17: Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin – Deborah Warner’s production with Peter Mattei and Anna Netrebko; conducted by Robin Ticciati [Showing on Saturday April 22]

Classical News

Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2018
Iconic label ECM Records Commences Streaming and Expands Partnership with Universal Music Group in Global Digital Distribution
Royal College of Music to unveil new organ custom built by world-renowned Flentrop Orgelbouw
Jessica Dandy wins 6th LBS Bach Singers Prize Competition
Simon Woods: Seattle Symphony to LA Phil
Charles Hazlewood is 51 today
Royal Opera Cast Amendments
Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award to Juliet Palmer
Canterbury Cathedral's All-Girl Choir on Decca Records
Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition announces 2018 shortlist
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