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Concert Reviews

short description Hallé at Bridgewater Hall – Mark Elder conducts Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony
short description Igor Levit plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations @ Wigmore Hall
short description Britten Sinfonia/Thomas Adès – Beethoven Symphony Cycle & Gerald Barry at Barbican Centre – 5/Symphonies 7 & 8 ... Lawrence Power plays Barry’s Viola Concerto
short description Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Donnerstag aus Licht @ Royal Festival Hall
short description Magdalena Kožená & Yefim Bronfman @ Barbican Centre
short description The Royal Opera – David McVicar’s production of Giordano’s Andrea Chénier – Roberto Alagna, Sondra Radvanovsky, Dimitri Platanias; conducted by Daniel Oren
short description Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2019 – Annabel Arden’s production of Rossini’s Barber of Seville – Levy Sekgapane, Andrey Zhilikhovsky, Hera Hyesang Park, Adam Palka, Alessandro Corbelli; conducted by Rafael Payare
short description Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center – Manfred Honeck conducts Mahler 5 – Till Fellner plays Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto
short description Berliner Philharmoniker – Herbert Blomstedt conducts Wilhelm Stenhammar’s Second Symphony – Yefim Bronfman plays Beethoven's B-flat Piano Concerto [live webcast]
short description Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2019 – Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust – Allan Clayton, Christopher Purves, Ashley Riches, Julie Boulianne; directed by Richard Jones; conducted by Robin Ticciati

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 Gerald Finzi – By Footpath and Stile | Music for String Quartet – Finzi Quartet, Marcus Farnsworth, Robert Plane, Ruth Bolister [Resonus]
short description Alina Ibragimova & Cédric Tiberghien – Violin & Piano – Lili Boulanger, Franck, Vierne, Ysaÿe [Hyperion]
short description Juanjo Mena conducts Manuel de Falla’s La vida breve [BBC Philharmonic; Chandos]
short description Doric String Quartet plays Benjamin Britten’s three String Quartets and five Fantasias by Henry Purcell [Chandos]
short description Steven Osborne plays Beethoven – Piano Sonatas – Opuses 109, 110, 111 [Hyperion]
short description An English Coronation 1902-1953 – Edward VII 1902 | George V 1911 | George VI 1937 | Elizabeth II 1953 – Gabrieli | McCreesh | Simon Russell Beale [Signum Classics]
short description Thierry Fischer conducts Symphonies by Camille Saint-Saëns – in A-minor & Urbs Roma – and Danse macabre [Utah Symphony; Hyperion]
short description Marc Blitzstein: Piano Music, 1918-63 – Leonard Lehrman [Toccata Classics]
short description Imogen Cooper plays Beethoven – Bagatelles & Diabelli Variations [Chandos]
short description Music by Gary Carpenter – including SET, with Iain Ballamy, and Love’s Eternity, with Kathryn Rudge [Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Nimbus Alliance]

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 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
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

Classical News

Garsington 2020
Thierry Fischer Announces Plans to Conclude Tenure as Utah Symphony Music Director Following 2021–22 Season
Opera in the City Festival
Fenella Humphreys pairs Max Richter’s classical chart-topping Recomposed: The Four Seasons with meditative masterworks by Vasks and Pärt for new Rubicon Classics recording
A Festival Opening flying across the city
Michael Garvey announced as Executive Director of the Benedetti Foundation
Star cast join Edward Gardner and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Peter Grimes at Royal Festival Hall (30 November 2019)
Saffron Hall announces exceptional events for music lovers in East of England as it reveals first half of rich new 2019/20 season | September 2019 – January 2020
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra announces programme for 10th Music in the Summer Air Festival | 2 July – 15 July, Shanghai
Santtu-Matias Rouvali signs for a further four years with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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