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Concert Reviews

short description Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Riccardo Muti at Kravis Center, West Palm Beach – Verdi & Britten – Stephen Williamson plays Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Clémentine Margaine sings Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer
short description New York Philharmonic/Jaap van Zweden – John Luther Adams’s Dark Waves & Act I of Die Walküre
short description The Royal Ballet – The Winter's Tale
short description Detroit Symphony Orchestra French Festival – 2/6: Leonard Slatkin conducts Saint-Saëns with George Li playing Piano Concerto No.2 [live webcast]
short description Philharmonia Orchestra – Lahav Shani conducts Mendelssohn & Mahler, Chen Reiss sings Richard Strauss
short description Christian Tetzlaff Focus at Wigmore Hall – Schubert – Schwanengesang with Julian Prégardien & Martin Helmchen and String Quintet
short description LSO/Mark Elder – Dvořák & Elgar – Nikolaj Znaider plays Bruch
short description BBC Singers & St James’ Baroque at Milton Court – Peter Dijkstra conducts Mendelssohn’s edition of J. S. Bach’s Matthew Passion
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Stravinsky – Vladimir Jurowski conducts Petrushka, and a Liadov threesome, Ray Chen plays Prokofiev
short description Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Riccardo Muti at Carnegie Hall (2) – Verdi & Brahms – and the New York premiere of Samuel Adams’s many words of love

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Last Night of the Proms 2017 conducted by Sakari Oramo
short description Prom 74: Vienna Philharmonic – Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Brahms & Beethoven – Emanuel Ax plays Mozart K449
short description Prom 72: Vienna Philharmonic – Daniel Harding conducts Mahler 6
short description Prom 73: András Schiff plays Book One of J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier
short description Prom 71: London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski – Funeral Song ... Volga Boatmen ... Russian Funeral ... The Year 1905 – Alina Ibragimova plays Prokofiev
short description Proms at ... The Tanks at Tate Modern
short description Prom 70: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Karina Canellakis – Missy Mazzoli & Dvořák – Jeremy Denk plays Bartók
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall, PCM8 – Elias String Quartet & Alice Neary play Schubert’s String Quintet
short description Prom 69: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck – John Adams’s Lollapalooza & Mahler 1 – Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Dvořák
short description Prom 67: Mendelssohn – The Hebrides, Violin Concerto, Reformation Symphony – Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/Pablo Heras-Casado with Isabelle Faust

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

St John's Smith Square and Tenebrae announce HOLY WEEK FESTIVAL 2018
Queen Elizabeth Hall & Purcell Room
The prestigious Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition begins in earnest today
Raimund Herincx dies aged 90
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Debussy Festival, Curated by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, 16-25 March 2018
St John’s Smith Square announces OCCUPY THE PIANOS Festival 2018 / Celebrating two themes: Protest and The Journey Within [April 20-22]
Jaime Martín & Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Polly Graham & Longborough Festival Opera
Ian Page and The Mozartists present UK Premiere of Haydn’s rarely performed Applausus cantata at Cadogan Hall on 15 March
Daniel Kramer directs his first opera as ENO Artistic Director, a sweepingly romantic interpretation of La traviata
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