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Concert Reviews

short description Westminster Philharmonic at St John’s Waterloo – Jonathan Butcher conducts world premiere of David Hackbridge Johnson’s Ninth Symphony – Florian Mitrea plays Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto
short description The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall – Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos
short description 33rd Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square: Christmas Music by Candlelight – Ex Cathedra
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Bartók, Szymanowski, Stravinsky, Bernstein – Katia & Marielle Labèque play Osvaldo Golijov’s Nazareno
short description New Adventures at Sadler's Wells – Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake
short description LSO – Marin Alsop conducts Leonard Bernstein’s Candide – Leonardo Capalbo, Jane Archibald, Anne Sofie von Otter, Thomas Allen; directed by Garnett Bruce
short description Philharmonia Orchestra – Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage & Enigma Variations – Piotr Anderszewski plays Mozart K491
short description Anna Netrebko & Malcolm Martineau at Carnegie Hall
short description London Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra – Stravinsky – Vladimir Jurowski conducts Aldous Huxley Variations & Threni, and Berio’s Sinfonia with The Swingles
short description Nash Ensemble & Roderick Williams at Wigmore Hall – German Romantics – Bruch, Brahms, Beethoven, Mendelssohn

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 50: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Dausgaard – Mahler 5 – Annelien Van Wauwe plays Mozart
short description Prom 49: European Union Youth Orchestra/Gianandrea Noseda – Agata Zubel’s Fireworks & Tchaikovsky 5 – Seong-Jin Cho plays Chopin
short description Prom 48: LSO/Simon Rattle – Ravel – Mother Goose & L'Enfant et les sortilèges, Magdalena Kožená sings Shéhérazade
short description Prom 47: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo – Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro & Prokofiev 5 – Pekka Kuusisto gives premiere of Venables Plays Bartók
short description Prom 45 – Suisse Romande Orchestra/Jonathan Nott – Jeux & Petrushka – Renaud Capuçon plays orchestrated Ravel
short description Prom 46: National Youth Jazz Orchestra – Laura Jurd premiere & Kenton’s West Side Story – Benjamin Grosvenor plays Rhapsody in Blue
short description Prom 44: CBSO/Ludovic Morlot – From Faune to Boléro via Psalm 130 and Nocturnes
short description Prom 43: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim – Tchaikovsky, David Robert Coleman, Scriabin – with Lisa Batiashvili & Elsa Dreisig
short description Prom 42: Estonian Festival Orchestra/Paavo Järvi – Arvo Pärt & Sibelius – Khatia Buniatishvili plays Grieg
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 5/Proms Chamber Music – Colin Currie & JACK Quartet – Xenakis, Holt, Farrin

CD Reviews

short description Saint-Saëns Piano Concertos, Volume 1 – Concertos 1, 2 & 4 – Louis Lortie/BBC Philharmonic/Edward Gardner [Chandos]
short description Leslie Howard – Liszt – New Discoveries Volume 4: Rêves et fantaisies [Hyperion]
short description JoAnn Falletta conducts Franz Schreker [Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Naxos]
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]

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 Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite, by Roger Daltrey [book review]
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]

Classical News

Levine Andrade dies aged 64
Orchestra of St. Luke’s 2019 winter-spring season
The National Orchestra for All announces search for Young Composer in Residence for its 2019-2020 Season
WaPo Takes Up Pay Discrimination in American Orchestras
Juilliard School Names New VP and Advancement Chief
UMich Drops the M-Prize
Metropolitan Opera Cast Change Advisory: Otello
Metropolitan Opera: Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts a rare revival of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, opening January 15
Leeds International Piano Competition champion makes a triumphant return to the city
Ensemble Hesperi Perform UK Tour of Rare Scottish Baroque Music with Traditional Highland Dancer
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