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Concert Reviews

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
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

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 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 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
short description A guitar threesome – recordings of music by Antoine Lhoyer, Johann Kaspar Mertz, and Schubert Songs

Classical News

James Levine Confirms That He Has Been Suffering from Tremors
Scottish Opera Reveals Just How Much It's Spending (and Losing) on Its New Production of La BohËme
Simon Rattle Unrattled by Criticism of His Work in Berlin
Violinist Nicola Benedetti Named BBC Young Musician of the Year
BBC Announces Wide-Ranging Season of Proms -- From Elgar to Biber, Jan·cek to Period-Instrument Wagner
Austria Strikes 50-Euro Gold Coin Honoring Haydn
Jeffrey Kahane to Succeed Marin Alsop as Music Director of Colorado Symphony
New Zealand Opera Faces Financial Crisis; Government Denies Extra Funding
Royal Festival Hall Begins £71 Million Refurbishment; Vivien Duffield Donates £5 Million
Officials Hope That New £20 Million Hall Can Put Perth (Scotland) on International Concert Circuit
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