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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 50: CBSO/Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla – Leonore No.3 & Beethoven’s Fifth, Leila Josefowicz plays Stravinsky, and Allan Clayton premieres Gerald Barry’s Canada
short description Prom 47: Reformation Day 1 – Bach’s Little Organ Book past and present – Robert Quinney & William Whitehead at Royal Albert Hall organ
short description Prom 48: Reformation Day 2 – A Patchwork Passion – BBC Singers & City of London Sinfonia conducted by Sofi Jeannin
short description Prom 49: Reformation Day 3 – J. S. Bach’s St John Passion with the Dunedin Ensemble and John Butt
short description Prom 46: Simon Rattle conducts the LSO in Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, with Simon O'Neill, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Karen Cargill, Christopher Purves, Peter Hoare, Thomas Quasthoff
short description Prom 45: Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, dedicated to the memory of Jiří Bělohlávek
short description Prom 43: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Charles Dutoit conducts Falla’s El amor brujo & Saint-Saëns’s Third Symphony – Joshua Bell plays Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole
short description Prom 44: Bang on a Can All-Stars – Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Philip Glass, Louis Andriessen
short description Prom 42: François-Xavier Roth conducts Les Siècles – Saint-Saëns, Delibes, Franck, Lalo – Cédric Tiberghien plays the Egyptian Piano Concerto & Les Djinns
short description Prom 40: Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Robin Ticciati – Tragic Overture, Nocturne Insomnia, Rhenish Symphony – Christian Tetzlaff plays Berg’s Violin Concerto

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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