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Concert Reviews

short description The 23 String Orchestra & David Cutts @ Cadogan Hall – debut concert – Elgar, Shostakovich/Barshai, Janáček
short description Iestyn Davies Fortieth-Birthday Concert at Wigmore Hall – Handel – with The English Concert & Trevor Pinnock
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Messiaen’s Éclairs sur l’Au-delà
short description LSO – Opening Concert of 2019-20 season – Simon Rattle conducts Emily Howard’s Antisphere & William Walton’s First Symphony | Leila Josefowicz plays Colin Matthews’s Violin Concerto
short description BBC Philharmonic – Omer Meir Wellber plays & conducts Mozart, Schoenberg & Schumann – Jacob Reuven plays Vivaldi’s Summer on a mandolin [live BBC webcast]
short description Opening of Wigmore Hall 2019-20 season – Benjamin Britten song-cycles: Lullabies, Island, Sonnets, Proverbs – Alder, Baillieu, Clayton, Johnston, Newby
short description Berliner Philharmoniker – Peter Eötvös conducts Xenakis’s Shaar & Varèse’s Amériques – Isabelle Faust gives the German premiere of Eötvös’s Alhambra [live webcast]
short description NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester – Alan Gilbert conducts the opening concert of the 2019-20 season – Brahms 1, Unsuk Chin Frontispiece, Bernstein Jeremiah, Ives Unanswered Question, Varèse Amériques [ARTE Concert live webcast]
short description Lucerne Festival 2019 – Bernard Haitink’s Retirement Concert – Vienna Philharmonic performs Bruckner 7 | Emanuel Ax plays Beethoven [NPO Radio 4 live relay]
short description Salzburg Festival 2019 – Bernard Haitink conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in Bruckner 7 – Emanuel Ax plays Beethoven [medici.tv live webcast]

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 75: Sakari Oramo conducts The Last Night of the Proms, with Jamie Barton, BBC Singers, Symphony Chorus & Symphony Orchestra
short description Prom 72: Symphonie fantastique/orchestral theatre staging – Baynton/Aurora/Collon [1/2]
short description Prom 73: Symphonie fantastique/orchestral theatre staging – Baynton/Aurora/Collon [2/2]
short description Prom 71: Bach Night – Dunedin Consort & John Butt – J. S. Bach’s Four Orchestral Suites (BWV1066-1069) and four commissions: Muhly, Wishart, Robertson, MacRae
short description Prom 70: Jonny Greenwood, premiere of Horror vacui
short description Prom 68: Wagner Night – Marc Albrecht conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Christine Goerke & Stephen Gould
short description Prom 67: BBC Symphony Orchestra – Sakari Oramo conducts Night on Bare Mountain, Forest, and Sibelius 5 – Nora Fischer gives the UK premiere of Louis Andriessen’s The Only One
short description Prom 65: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen conducted by Constantinos Carydis with Danae Kontora – Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven
short description Prom 61: Vienna Philharmonic – Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts The Noonday Witch & New World Symphony – Leonidas Kavakos plays Korngold’s Violin Concerto
short description Proms at … Cadogan Hall/Proms Chamber Music 7: Silesian Quartet & Wojciech Świtała – Weinberg SQ7 & Bacewicz PQ1

CD Reviews

short description John Wilson conducts Sinfonia of London in Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Symphony, Theme and Variations, and Straussiana [Chandos]
short description I and Silence – Women’s Voices in American Song – Marta Fontanals-Simmons & Lana Bode [Delphian]
short description Alina Ibragimova & Cédric Tiberghien play Brahms’s Three Violin Sonatas and a Clara Schumann Romance [Hyperion]
short description The Romantic Piano Concerto 79 – Markus Becker plays Pfitzner & Braunfels [Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Constantin Trinks; Hyperion]
short description Käbi Laretei plays Paul Hindemith’s Ludus Tonalis [Eloquence]
short description Roderick Williams & Iain Burnside – Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin [Chandos]
short description Howard Shelley conducts Charles Villiers Stanford [Ulster Orchestra; Hyperion]
short description St Louis Symphony Orchestra – Mozart Piano Concertos K453 & K491 – Orli Shaham plays & David Robertson conducts [Canary Classics]
short description The Jupiter Project – adaptations by Clementi, Cramer & Hummel for piano, flute, violin & cello of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Magic Flute, Figaro, Piano Concerto K467 & Jupiter Symphony – David Owen Norris & Friends [Hyperion]
short description Gerald Finzi – Sacred and Secular choral music – Trinity Choir/Stephen Layton [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 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

Praemium Imperiale Awards 2019
The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge release Magnificat on 25 October 2019, showcasing the Evening Canticles they sing on a daily basis
Wiener Staatsoper: Safety Curtain 2019/2020 by Martha Jungwirth, edition and special exhibition
Britten Weekend explores Britten’s relationship with Russia | Friday 18 - Sunday 20 October
BBC Proms 2019 draws to a close
Daniil Trifonov’s 2019-20 Highlights Include Third DG Rachmaninov Album with Philadelphia Orchestra and New Artistic Residency with New York Philharmonic
Lyric Opera of Chicago: Enrique Mazzola to succeed Sir Andrew Davis as music director when the latter steps down at the end of the 2020-21 season following two decades
Wigmore Hall’s 2019/20 season opens tonight and continues with a wide-reaching year of extraordinary concerts and events
Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel return for a Barbican residency in November, with soloists Yuja Wang and Herbie Hancock, four premieres plus an open rehearsal with 100 young musicians
Michael Tilson Thomas and New World Symphony Present 100th WALLCAST® Concert and First in 4K Ultra-High-Definition, October 12
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