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Concert Reviews

short description The Phantom of the Opera – 1925 silent-film by Rupert Julian – to a score by Roy Budd
short description Royal Academy Opera – Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta & Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges
short description Dorothy Croft Trust at University of West London – Final Gala Celebration
short description LSO – Barbara Hannigan conducts and sings – Ligeti, Haydn, Berg, Gershwin – Concert românesc, Lulu, Girl Crazy
short description Renata Pokupić & La Serenissima at Wigmore Hall – L’Amante Abbandonata: Italian Cantatas from the Settecento
short description Matthias Goerne & Daniil Trifonov with members of the New York Philharmonic at the 92nd Street Y
short description Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Rafael Payare conducts Mahler 5 – Yoonshin Song plays Mozart’s Violin Concerto K219 [live webcast]
short description Kensington Symphony Orchestra at St John’s Smith Square – Holly Mathieson conducts Enescu & Lutosławski, Julien Van Mellaerts sings Kindertotenlieder
short description Bury Court Opera’s swansong – Britten’s The Turn of the Screw
short description Sarah Connolly, Julius Drake & Emily Berrington at Wigmore Hall – Zemlinsky/Maeterlinck, Schumann/Mary Stuart, Argento/Virginia Woolf

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 66: Berliner Philharmoniker/Kirill Petrenko I – Paul Dukas & Franz Schmidt – Yuja Wang plays Prokofiev
short description Proms at … Alexandra Palace Theatre – Jane Glover conducts Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury
short description Prom 65: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Semyon Bychkov – La valse, Berio’s Sinfonia, The Rite of Spring
short description Prom 65a: Youssou Ndour & Le Super Étoile de Dakar
short description Prom 64: London Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra – Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts Verdi’s Requiem
short description Prom 62: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko – Elgar & Bartók – Adela Zaharia gives premiere of Iain Bell’s Aurora, Miah Persson sings Richard Strauss
short description Prom 63: András Schiff plays Book Two of J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier
short description Prom 61: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin – Bruckner 4 – Yefim Bronfman plays Liszt
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 7/Proms Chamber Music – Leonard Bernstein on Broadway and Beyond – Wallis Giunta & Michael Sikich ... La bonne cuisine ... Crème Brûlée on a Tree
short description Prom 60: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet – Bernstein & Shostakovich

CD Reviews

short description Juanjo Mena conducts Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga [Berit Norbakkeen Solset, BBC Philharmonic; Chandos]
short description Edward Gardner conducts Schubert Symphonies, Volume 1 – Symphonies 3, 5 & Unfinished [CBSO; Chandos]
short description Steven Isserlis & Olli Mustonen – Kabalevsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich – for Cello & Piano [Hyperion]
short description Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Cello Concerto – the composer conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Yo-Yo Ma [Sony Classical]
short description Christian Gerhaher & Gerold Huber – Frage – Songs by Robert Schumann, Volume One [Sony Classical]
short description Adrian Butterfield conducts Handel’s Chandos Te Deum in B-flat and Chandos Anthem No.8 [Onyx]
short description The Polish Violin – Jennifer Pike & Petr Limonov – Szymanowski, Moszkowski, Karłowicz, Wieniawski [Chandos]
short description Respighi’s Roman Trilogy – Festivals, Fountains, Pines – JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic [Naxos]
short description Andrew Manze conducts Mozart Symphonies – G-minor and Jupiter, K550/K551 [NDR Radiophilharmonie; Pentatone]
short description More music by George Antheil – Symphony 3 American & Symphony 6 after Delacroix – BBC Philharmonic/John Storgårds [Chandos]

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: 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]
short description Feature LP Review: Speakers Corner, Analogphonic, Deutsche Grammophon and RCO Live – Sibelius/Oistrakh/Ormandy, Beethoven/Francescatti/Casadesus, Milstein/Pommers, Elman/Seiger, Fournier/Crowson, Dvořák/Janáček Quartet, Schubert/Rostropovich
short description Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts [August 2018]
short description Inge Borkh: 26 May 1921-26 August 2018
short description Wonderfeel 2018
short description A few memories of Oliver Knussen: 12 June 1952–8 July 2018

Classical News

Ludovico Einaudi
The Royal Opera presents Henze’s astonishing final opera Phaedra
Opera Rara release the world première recording of Donizetti's L'Ange de Nisida today
Andrew Lloyd Webber is 71 today
Stephen Sondheim is 89 today
2019 Elgar Festival will Celebrate Centenary of the Composer's Cello Concerto
Britten-Pears Foundation and Snape Maltings announce their intention to merge to become the Benjamin Britten Foundation
Philharmonia explores Weimar Berlin 100 years on
The Hallé announces the Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition
Ian Page and The Mozartists present the UK premiere of Gluck’s Bauci e Filemone and Orfeo at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, May 29 & 31
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