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Concert Reviews

short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Stravinsky – Juanjo Mena conducts The Rite of Spring, and Debussy & Delius, Benedetto Lupo plays Ravel's Left-hand Concerto
short description UK premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking – Joyce DiDonato & Michael Mayes; BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth
short description Detroit Symphony Orchestra French Festival – 4/6: Leonard Slatkin conducts Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Gymnopédies & Gaité Parisienne – Michelle & Christina Naughton play Carnival of Animals [live webcast]
short description LSO – Daniel Harding conducts Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony & Helen Grime’s Virga – Leonidas Kavakos plays Prokofiev
short description Detroit Symphony Orchestra French Festival – 3/6: Leonard Slatkin conducts A Frenchman in New York & An American in Paris, and La Création du monde – Michelle & Christina Naughton play Poulenc [live webcast]
short description Diana Damrau, Jonas Kaufmann & Helmut Deutsch at Barbican Hall – Hugo Wolf’s Italian Songbook
short description Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Polina Leschenko at Wigmore Hall – Violin Sonatas by Debussy, Poulenc & Schumann and Pieces by Kurtág & Enescu
short description Mozart at St Martin-in-the-Fields – Locrian Ensemble, Rimma Sushanskaya, John Lenehan
short description Philharmonia Orchestra/Jakub Hrůša – Mahler 5 – Piotr Anderszewski plays Beethoven
short description Ruby Hughes & Joseph Middleton at Wigmore Hall – Songs for New Life and Love – Schumann, Mahler, Ives, Grime, Britten

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 Symphonic Psalms & Prayers – Nigel Short & Tenebrae, with BBC Symphony Orchestra [Signum]
short description San Francisco Symphony – Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Robert Schumann’s Symphonies [SFS Media]
short description Tasmin Little plays Violin Concertos by Szymanowski & Karłowicz – BBC Symphony Orchestra/Edward Gardner [Chandos]
short description The Bad-Tempered Electronic Keyboard – Stephane Ginsburgh plays piano music by Anthony Burgess [Grand Piano]
short description Edward Gardner & Bergen Philharmonic – Grieg – Music for Peer Gynt and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays the Piano Concerto
short description Christian Gerhaher & Gerold Huber – Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin [Sony Classical]
short description Jiří Bělohlávek conducts the Czech Philharmonic in Smetana’s Má vlast [Decca]
short description Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic: The Tchaikovsky Project Volume 2 – Manfred Symphony [Decca]
short description Andrew Davis conducts Elgar – Falstaff – and Songs with Roderick Williams [BBC Philharmonic; Chandos]
short description Scriabin’s Second Symphony & Piano Concerto – Oslo Philharmonic/Vasily Petrenko and Kirill Gerstein [Lawo Classics]

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: Puccini’s La bohème [Showing on February 24]
short description Feature Review – New World Symphony’s New Works: Michael Tilson Thomas conducts…
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore [Showing on February 10]
short description Feature Review – BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion: Leonard Bernstein [January 27]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: David McVicar's production of Puccini’s Tosca with Yoncheva, Grigolo & Lučić [Showing on January 27]
short description Feature Review: From ICA Classics – BBC Legends box sets and Guido Cantelli, Herbert von Karajan, Otto Klemperer
short description Year of Wonder, by Clemency Burton-Hill [book review]
short description The music of Geraldine Mucha – a Prague concert and an Arco Diva recording
short description Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017)
short description Leading Tones by Leonard Slatkin [book review]

Classical News

DSO French Festival, change of violinist, Capuçon out, Beilman in
This is My Bed, a new opera for children
The Tallis Scholars give a concert to support The Muze Trust, a charity that provides music education to children in Zambia
Jóhann Jóhannsson dies aged 48
Columbia Artists' Sheldon-Atlas Office Adds Staff
San Diego Symphony Names Successor to Jahja Ling
New York Philharmonic Asia Tour with Jaap van Zweden
Brass composer chosen for Emerging Composers Workshop in New York
The Met: Live in HD’s 2018–19 Season Kicks Off on October 6 with Anna Netrebko in the Title Role of Verdi’s Aida
Yannick Nézet-Séguin to Become Met Music Director in September 2018, Two Seasons Earlier Than Originally Planned; 2018-19 Season Announced
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