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Concert Reviews

short description Bampton Classical Opera – Storace’s Gli sposi malcontenti/Bride & Gloom
short description Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2019 – Barbe & Doucet’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte – David Portillo, Sofia Fomina, Brindley Sherratt; conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth
short description Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart – Die Zauberflöte @ David H. Koch Theater; Komische Oper Berlin production/Concept by Andrade, Barritt & Kosky; conducted by Louis Langrée
short description Elisabeth Leonskaja at Wigmore Hall – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Philip Herschkowitz, Alban Berg
short description Blackheath Halls Opera – Offenbach’s La belle Hélène
short description Munich Philharmonic & Valery Gergiev @ the Odeonplatz – Beethoven – Fifth Symphony & Coriolan | Daniil Trifonov plays the Emperor Concerto [live webcast]
short description Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood – Andris Nelsons conducts Verdi’s Requiem
short description Buxton International Festival 2019 – Caldara’s Lucio Papirio Dittatore – Robert Murray, Rowan Pierce, Owen Willetts; directed by Mark Burns; conducted by Adrian Chandler
short description Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood – Andris Nelsons conducts Copland – Jan Lisiecki plays Grieg
short description The Royal Opera – Donizetti’s La Fille du regiment – Sabine Devieilhe & Javier Camarena with Miranda Richardson as La Duchesse de Crackentorp; directed by Laurent Pelly; conducted by Evelino Pidò

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Lost in the Canyons of the Stars – Alan Davey’s Classical Source Blog – BBC Proms 2019 takes-off today, July 19
short description First Night of the BBC Proms 2019 – Karina Canellakis conducts BBC Singers, Symphony Chorus & Symphony Orchestra – Zosha Di Castri commission, Dvořák’s Golden Spinning Wheel, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass
short description Prom 75: Andrew Davis conducts The Last Night, with Gerald Finley & Jess Gillam
short description Prom 74: Handel’s Theodora conducted by Jonathan Cohen, with Louise Alder, Iestyn Davies & Ann Hallenberg
short description Prom 72: Peter Oundjian conducts Britten’s War Requiem
short description Prom 73: Before the Ending of the Day – Tallis Scholars & Peter Phillips
short description Prom 71: John Eliot Gardiner conducts Berlioz with Joyce DiDonato and Antoine Tamestit
short description Prom 70: Tango
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 8/Proms Chamber Music – Soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker with Alasdair Beatson
short description Prom 69: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons II – Shostakovich 4 – Baiba Skride plays Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade

CD Reviews

short description King’s College Cambridge – Herbert Howells – Choral Works, including An English Mass | Cello Concerto | Organ Pieces, including Master Tallis’s Testament – Guy Johnston, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Cleobury, Christopher Seaman [King’s College own label]
short description Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays Mozart Piano Concertos – 20/D-minor/K466 & 21/C-major/K467 – with Manchester Camerata & Gábor Takács-Nagy [Chandos]
short description Jubilee Quartet plays Joseph Haydn – String Quartets, Opp.20/2, 54/2 & 64/4 [Rubicon]
short description John Andrews conducts Thomas Arne’s The Judgment of Paris – Brook Street Band [Dutton Epoch]
short description Lise Davidsen sings Wagner & Strauss with Philharmonia Orchestra & Esa-Pekka Salonen [Decca]
short description James MacMillan – One Equal Music – The Elysian Singers/Sam Laughton [Signum Classics]
short description Albion Quartet – Antonín Dvořák’s String Quartets Opuses 9 & 96 [Signum Classics]
short description Andrew Manze conducts Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphonies – Sinfonia antartica & No.9 [Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Onyx]
short description The Romantic Violin Concerto – 22 – Linus Roth plays Lassen, Scharwenka & Langgaard | BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antony Hermus [Hyperion]
short description Heinz Holliger conducts Schubert, Volume Two – Symphonies 1 & 5 and the Overture to Fierrabras [Basel Chamber Orchestra; Sony Classical digital download]

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 Arturo Toscanini conducts Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies & Missa solemnis – Pristine Audio's revelatory transcriptions of Studio 8H & Carnegie Hall concerts, 1939-1940
short description English Haydn Festival 2019
short description Feature Review: Two days at Aldeburgh Festival 2019
short description Feature Review: Three days at Swaledale Festival 2019 – Music, Arts & Walking in the Yorkshire Dales [May 25-June 8]
short description Final of inaugural China International Music Competition – Piano – Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, 20 May 2019 [live webcast on amadeus.tv via YouTube]
short description Doris Day – 3 April 1922-13 May 2019 – an appreciation
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites [Showing on May 11]
short description Feature Review: International Spring Orchestra Festival, Malta – Recital Round Up [April 27-May 1]
short description Heather Harper 8 May 1930-22 April 2019 – an appreciation
short description Feature LP Review: Abbado, Harnoncourt and Mainardi – Three Boxed Sets

Classical News

Guildhall School of Music & Drama commissioned by Illuminated River Foundation to compose and record new music for the Thames bridges
BBC Proms Statement: Message from Dame Sarah Connolly
LBS Artistic Director Margaret Steinitz receives the 2019 BGA Medal of Honour from HRH The Duke of Kent – Patron of the British German Association
Fabio Luisi Quits as Music Director of Maggio Musicale
Musical journeys: unique national youth orchestra returns for its fifth year in Leeds to launch new season
Lincoln Center Extends Mostly Mozart Festival Music Director Louis Langrée’s Contract Through 2023
Guildhall School of Music & Drama announces the Gold Medal Winners for Acting and Production Arts 2019
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Long Yu announce 2019/20 season | 27 September 2019 – 30 June 2020
John Gibbons - conductor and composer - honoured with a British Empire Medal for services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours
American Premiere of Korngold’s Grand Opera The Miracle of Heliane Opens at Bard SummerScape July 26; Plus Exploration of Operetta’s America (Aug 11) and Semi-Staged Production of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt (Aug 18) in 30th Bard Music Festival
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