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Concert Reviews

short description Mark Bebbington at St John’s Smith Square: Island Stories
short description Hubert Parry’s Judith at Royal Festival Hall – William Vann conducts the first London performance since 1889
short description Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at Lighthouse – Kirill Karabits conducts Elgar – Lucas Debargue plays Saint-Saëns’s Egyptian Piano Concerto
short description OAE – Simon Rattle conducts Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion; directed by Peter Sellars
short description Royal Academy of Music Song Circle at Wigmore Hall – Songs of Carl Loewe
short description Giorgio Moroder at Eventim Hammersmith
short description Khatia Buniatishvili at Barbican Hall – Schubert & Liszt
short description LSO – Gianandrea Noseda conducts Moonlight Music, Don Juan & Till Eulenspiegel – Roman Simovic plays Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto
short description Howard Shelley & London Mozart Players at Queen Elizabeth Hall – Haydn 95, Hummel, Mozart Haffner Symphony & Piano Concerto K488
short description Philharmonia Orchestra – Xian Zhang conducts Shostakovich 5 – Alina Pogostkina plays Brahms’s Violin Concerto

BBC Proms Reviews

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
short description Prom 68: Berliner Philharmoniker/Kirill Petrenko II – Richard Strauss & Beethoven
short description Prom 67: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons I – Mahler 3 with Susan Graham

CD Reviews

short description Maurice Duruflé: Complete Choral Works – Houston Chamber Choir/Robert Simpson [Signum Classics]
short description Jess Gillam – Rise [Decca]
short description The Romantic Piano Concerto 78 – Howard Shelley plays & conducts Clara Schumann, Hiller, Herz and Kalkbrenner [Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; Hyperion]
short description Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts Gounod’s Two Symphonies [Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Chandos]
short description Vasily Petrenko conducts Elgar – In the South, Serenade for Strings, Enigma Variations [Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Onyx]
short description Seong-Jin Cho plays Mozart – Piano Sonatas K281 & K322, and Piano Concerto K466 with COE/Yannick Nézet-Séguin [Deutsche Grammophon]
short description J. S. Bach – Cantatas 33, 17 & 99 – Thomanerchor Leipzig & Sächsisches Barockorchester/Gotthold Schwarz [Accentus Music]
short description Sweeter Than Roses – Songs by Henry Purcell – Anna Dennis & Sounds Baroque [Resonus]
short description John Joubert – Piano Concerto & Symphony 3 – Martin Jones/BBC National Orchestra of Wales/William Boughton [Lyrita]
short description Mozart – The Six String Quintets – Klenke Quartett & Harald Schoneweg [Accentus Music]

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 Feature LP Review: Abbado, Harnoncourt and Mainardi – Three Boxed Sets
short description Feature review: BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion: Lili and Nadia Boulanger [Barbican Centre, 6 April 2019]
short description Edward Clark interviews Paavo Järvi regarding his Sibelius Symphony Cycle with Orchestre de Paris for RCA Red Seal
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Wagner’s Die Walküre [Showing on March 30]
short description Hector Berlioz: he died 150 years ago, on 8 March 1869 – a few personal messages – from Anderson to Woods, via Cowan, Falletta, JEG, Matthew-Walker, Orga, Rouse, Slatkin, and others
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra – Total Immersion: György Ligeti – All events up to 5 p.m. [2 March 2019]
short description Hilde Zadek – 15 December 1917-21 February 2019 – An appreciation by Alexander Campbell
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Donizetti’s La Fille du régiment [Showing on March 2]
short description Wilma Lipp – 26 April 1925-26 January 2019: An appreciation by Alexander Campbell
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Bizet’s Carmen [Showing on February 2]

Classical News

ROH Loses Its Appeal on Damaged Hearing Case
New Leaders, New Venue, New Summer Season for La Jolla
Aspen Hires New General Manager
Mitsuko Uchida at Carnegie Hall – April 30 Schubert recital postponed
Yan Pascal Tortelier is 72 today
Roberto Alagna marks his 100th Royal Opera performance by singing the title role in Andrea Chénier
Nemanja Radulović makes his debut at the BBC Proms with Kirill Karabits and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra World Tour
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Monteverdi Choir, and John Eliot Gardiner Perform Berlioz’s First Opera, Benvenuto Cellini, at London’s BBC Proms (Sep 2), Crowning High-Profile European Tour to Honor 150th Anniversary of Composer’s Death
Emma Thompson is 60 today
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