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Concert Reviews

short description By George! In Miniature (13 Feb)
short description Berlioz Requiem – New York Philharmonic (12 Feb)
short description Philharmonia Orchestra German Romantics III – 11 Feb
short description Les Troyens – Metropolitan Opera (10 Feb)
short description LSO/Krivine – 9 Feb
short description Max’s Voyage to Fair Isle – 8 Feb
short description Pure Pärt v Stultifyingly Sanctimonious Sellars under Capacious Kapoor – 7 Feb
short description CBSO/Oramo – The Crazed Moon (6 February)
short description Philharmonia Orchestra German Romantics II – 6 February
short description Philharmonia Orchestra Music of Today – 6 February

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 35: New York: Sound of a City
short description Prom 33: BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra – Richard Farnes conducts Phoenix Rising & German Requiem
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 4/Proms Chamber Music – Sarah Connolly & Joseph Middleton
short description Prom 32: Inside Shostakovich – Piano Concerto 2, Symphony 9 – Denis Kozhukhin, Aurora Orchestra, Nicholas Collon
short description Prom 31: Minnesota Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä – Candide Overture & Ives 2 – Inon Barnatan plays Gershwin
short description Proms 29 & 30: The Brandenburg Project – Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six Brandenburg Concertos & six UK premieres, from Turnage, Hillborg, Caine, Neuwirth, Dean, and Mackey – Swedish Chamber Orchestra/Thomas Dausgaard
short description Prom 28: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain/George Benjamin – Night on Bare Mountain, Dance Figures, Lontano, La mer – Tamara Stefanovich plays Ravel’s Left-hand Piano Concerto
short description Proms at … Lincoln Drill Hall: Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale
short description Prom 27: Folk Music around Britain and Ireland
short description Prom 25: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Alexander Vedernikov – Summer Night in Madrid & The Nutcracker – Miloš Karadaglić gives premiere of Joby Talbot’s Ink Dark Moon

CD Reviews

short description Haydn’s Opus 64 – Doric String Quartet [Chandos]
short description Handel’s finest arias for base voice ii – Christopher Purves with Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen [Hyperion]
short description Handel’s Acis and Galatea – Early Opera Company/Christian Curnyn with Allan Clayton & Lucy Crowe [Chandos Chaconne]
short description Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays Haydn Piano Sonatas, Volume 7 [Chandos]
short description Grace Davidson sings Handel & Vivaldi [Academy of Ancient Music & Joseph Crouch; Signum Classics]
short description Peter Oundjian conducts Vaughan Williams [Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Chandos]
short description Sebastián de Vivanco – Missa Assumpsit Jesus – De Profundis/Robert Hollingworth [Hyperion]
short description Smetana’s Festive Symphony & Dances from The Bartered Bride – Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra/Darrell Ang [Naxos]
short description LSO Live – Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner's Symphony 8 & Messiaen’s Couleurs [DVD & Blu-ray]
short description Violin Sonatas by Miaskovsky, Shebalin & Nechaev – Sasha Rozhdestvensky & Viktoria Postnikova [First Hand Records]

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 A few memories of Oliver Knussen: 12 June 1952–8 July 2018
short description Glasperlenspiel Music Festival 2018
short description A Tanglewood Diary, 6-15 July 2018 – Andris Nelsons conducts Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial
short description Understanding Lenny through his Music, by Leonard Slatkin
short description Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – A postscript – New music for piano from Philip Cashian & Harrison Birtwistle
short description How Shostakovich Changed My Mind, by Stephen Johnson [book review]
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]

Classical News

V&A Dundee
Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic
American Classical Music Hall of Fame Inducts Tanglewood
Stars announced for Guys and Dolls at the Royal Albert Hall
Donald Hunt dies aged 88
Benjamin Appl, Bach, Sony Classical [September 7 release]
Cecilia Bartoli & Decca
Free DSO Community Concerts
Chinese Arms Firm May Buy Steinway
Royal Concertgebouw Names Gatti Replacements
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