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Concert Reviews

short description Jonathan Plowright at Wigmore Hall – Brahms Plus… Bach
short description Symphonia Boca Raton at Roberts Theatre – Gerard Schwarz conducts Piston, Carter & Mozart – Marika Bournaki plays K466
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra – Martyn Brabbins conducts November Woods & Vaughan Williams 4 – Marcus Farnsworth gives the premiere of Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s Last Man Standing
short description New Sussex Opera at Cadogan Hall – Stanford’s The Travelling Companion
short description Academy of Ancient Music/Michael Collins at Milton Court – Mozart – Nicola Boud plays the Clarinet Concerto & Soraya Mafi sings arias, plus Salieri & Amalia
short description LSO – Kristjan Järvi conducts Charles Coleman & Steve Reich – Simone Dinnerstein plays Philip Glass
short description New York Philharmonic/Jaap van Zweden – Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony – Simone Lamsma plays Britten’s Violin Concerto
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts Romanian Rhapsody, La valse, Martinů 4 – Viktoria Mullova & Matthew Barley play At Swim-Two-Birds
short description Guildhall Symphony Orchestra & Takuo Yuasa at Barbican Hall – Rite of Spring & Mahler 4
short description Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Kirill Karabits at Lighthouse – Pulcinella & Shostakovich 1 – Johannes Moser plays Walton’s Cello Concerto

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 75: Andrew Davis conducts The Last Night, with Gerald Finley & Jess Gillam
short description Prom 74: Handel’s Theodora conducted by Jonathan Cohen, with Louise Alder, Iestyn Davies & Ann Hallenberg
short description Prom 72: Peter Oundjian conducts Britten’s War Requiem
short description Prom 73: Before the Ending of the Day – Tallis Scholars & Peter Phillips
short description Prom 71: John Eliot Gardiner conducts Berlioz with Joyce DiDonato and Antoine Tamestit
short description Prom 70: Tango
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 8/Proms Chamber Music – Soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker with Alasdair Beatson
short description Prom 69: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons II – Shostakovich 4 – Baiba Skride plays Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade
short description Prom 68: Berliner Philharmoniker/Kirill Petrenko II – Richard Strauss & Beethoven
short description Prom 67: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons I – Mahler 3 with Susan Graham

CD Reviews

short description Haydn’s Opus 64 – The London Haydn Quartet [Hyperion]
short description First Hand Records – Early Stereo Recordings 1 – Strauss/Del Mar, Saint-Saëns/Tortelier, Brahms/Wolf
short description Mozart Piano Concertos & Quintet, K450-K452 – Jean-Efflam Bavouzet/Manchester Camerata/Gábor Takács-Nagy [Chandos]
short description Edward Gardner conducts Berlioz’s Grande Messe des morts at Bergen International Festival [Chandos]
short description Berlioz – Les Troyens – Joyce DiDonato, Michael Spyres, Marie-Nicole Lemieux; conducted by John Nelson [Erato]
short description The Passions of Vaughan Williams – John Bridcut’s film [DVD]
short description Liya Petrova plays Violin Concertos by Prokofiev and Nielsen [Odense Symphony Orchestra/Kristiina Poska; Orchid Classics]
short description Leif Ove Andsnes plays Chopin – Ballades & Nocturnes [Sony Classical]
short description Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem arranged by Iain Farrington – Yale Schola Cantorum/David Hill [Hyperion]
short description Wiener Symphoniker – Philippe Jordan conducts Beethoven’s Second & Seventh Symphonies

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 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
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion: In Remembrance World War I, including Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie [November 10 & 11]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Nico Muhly’s Marnie [Showing on November 10]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Puccini’s La fanciulla del West [Showing on October 27]
short description Montserrat Caballé – 12 April 1933-6 October 2018
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila [Showing on October 20]
short description The Power and the Glory – Kenneth Woods & English Symphony Orchestra, with Roman Kosyakov [Concert of Schumann, Sibelius and Liszt, 7 October 2018]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Verdi’s Aida with Anna Netrebko [Showing on October 6]

Classical News

Stephanie Blythe to Succeed Dawn Upshaw at Bard
Osmo Vänskä Will Leave the Minnesota Orchestra
A Celebration Fit for a Prince: RWCMD’s Royal Performance for His Royal Highness
Joyce DiDonato
Max Richter: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Mary Queen of Scots
Zubin Mehta will conduct Otello at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden and in Berlin in April 2019 stepping in for Daniele Gatti
Roland Kluttig to become principal conductor of the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra and Graz Opera from 2020/21
Vasily Petrenko and the Oslo Philharmonic celebrate acclaimed Norwegian orchestra’s centenary year with major UK tour (6-10 March 2019)
Aldeburgh Festival announces 2019 Artists in Residence: Barbara Hannigan, Thomas Larcher and Mark Padmore
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in Christmas Episode of Private Passions on BBC Radio 3
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