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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 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 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 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]
short description Feature Review: Kenneth MacMillan – A National Celebration at the Royal Opera House
short description George Enescu International Music Festival 2017
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte – Julie Taymor’s production, conducted by James Levine [Showing on October 14]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Bellini’s Norma – David McVicar’s production, with Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Calleja; conducted by Carlo Rizzi [Showing on October 7]
short description Overture and Beginners Please [book review]
short description Divas: Mathilde Marchesi and Her Pupils [book review]
short description Feature Review: Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts 2017
short description Barbara Cook (1927-2017) – An Appreciation

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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