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Concert Reviews

short description Berliner Philharmoniker/Simon Rattle – Mahler 6 [live webcast]
short description Peter Donohoe at Wigmore Hall – Sixty-fifth-birthday recital
short description Garsington Opera at Wormsley – Verdi’s Falstaff – Henry Waddington; directed by Bruno Ravella; Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Richard Farnes
short description The Wind in the Willows, narrated by Simon Callow
short description John Eliot Gardiner conducts Bach Cantatas at Barbican Centre – III
short description Way Out East: Frank Denyer – A Portrait – Octandre Ensemble
short description John Eliot Gardiner conducts Bach Cantatas at Barbican Centre – II
short description Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sadler's Wells – Polarity and Proximity – Kin; Embrace; In the Upper Room
short description The Royal Opera at Hackney Empire – Na’ama Zisser’s Mamzer Bastard; directed by Jay Scheib; conducted by Jessica Cottis
short description Robert Smith's Meltdown at Royal Festival Hall – The Church and The Psychedelic Furs

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 Claudio Abbado conducts Mozart – Haffner, Linz, Paris, Posthorn Serenade, C-minor Mass [Berliner Philharmoniker; Sony Classical]
short description Jiyoon Lee plays Violin Concertos by Korngold and Nielsen [Odense Symphony Orchestra/Kristiina Poska; Orchid Classics]
short description Four Pieces, Four Pianos – Alexander Melnikov plays Schubert, Chopin, Liszt & Stravinsky [Harmonia Mundi]
short description Guillaume de Machaut – Fortune’s Child – The Orlando Consort [Hyperion]
short description Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts Albert Roussel – Suite in F, Pour un fête de printemps, Évocations [BBC Philharmonic; Chandos]
short description Dejan Lazić – The London Connection – Beethoven, Clementi, Cramer [Onyx]
short description Thomas Tallis’s Votive Antiphons – The Cardinall’s Musick/Andrew Carwood [Hyperion]
short description Min-Jung Kym plays Beethoven & Mendelssohn – with Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Clemens Schuldt [Signum Classics]
short description Marc-André Hamelin plays Schubert – Piano Sonata D960 & Impromptus D935 [Hyperion]
short description Federico Colli plays Domenico Scarlatti – Sonatas, Volume 1 [Chandos]

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 Understanding Lenny through his Music, by Leonard Slatkin
short description Feature Review – English Haydn Festival 2018 [June 6-10]
short description Feature Review: Beethoven's Nine Symphonies on LP – Berliner Philharmoniker/Simon Rattle
short description Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – June 9, An Aldeburgh Aperitif – Orsino Ensemble and Phantasm
short description Feature Review: Britten, Bernstein and America – two concerts with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/John Wilson at Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – Robert Murray, James Horan, Mark O’Keeffe, Cédric Tiberghien, Pavel Kolesnikov, Claire Chase [June 8 & 9]
short description William Bolcom at Eighty, and in London June 1 & 2
short description May 2018 releases from Calliope and Indésens – Debussy, Mozart, Ravel, Szymanowski, and Modern Piano Recital
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Massenet’s Cendrillon [Showing on April 28]
short description Feature Review: International Spring Orchestra Festival, Malta – Rising Stars I, II – Jean-Marc Fabri, Francis James Camilleri, Daniel Zak Borg, Daphne Delicata
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Verdi’s Luisa Miller [Showing on April 14]

Classical News

Sir András Schiff becomes a Principal Artist to the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
RSNO Chief Executive appointed to top role in the USA ... Dr Krishna Thiagarajan appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Seattle Symphony
Warner Classics, Leonard Bernstein, Antonio Pappano
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s four-year World War One education project culminates with free world premiere performance of a new War Requiem created by composer Kerry Andrew and Birmingham schoolchildren
Leonidas Kavakos & Sony Classical
Bryn Terfel Dreams and Songs
Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2018 open public vote for new ‘Orchestra of the Year’ Award
Vasily Petrenko leads Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra over next two years before concluding seven years as Chief Conductor at end of its centenary season
Phyllida Lloyd is 61 today
Westminster Abbey, 70th anniversary of Windrush Generation [June 22]
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