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Concert Reviews

short description The Royal Opera – David McVicar’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro – Christian Gerhaher, Simon Keenlyside, Joélle Harvey, Julia Kleiter, Kangmin Justin Kim; conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner
short description Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sadler's Wells – Hobson's Choice
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen; Lucy Crowe, Gerald Finley; directed by Peter Sellars
short description Royal College of Music Opera Studio – Lennox Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement and Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti; directed by Stephen Unwin; conducted by Michael Rosewell
short description CBSO – Edward Gardner conducts Berlioz’s Dramatic Legend, The Damnation of Faust
short description Emanuel Ax Seventieth-Birthday concert at Wigmore Hall – Robert Schumann – with Dover Quartet & Simon Keenlyside
short description Grange Park Opera 2019 – Verdi’s Don Carlos – Leonardo Capalbo, Marina Costa-Jackson, Clive Bayley, Brett Polgato; directed by Jo Davies; conducted by Gianluca Marciano
short description Longborough Festival Opera 2019 – Donizetti’s Anna Bolena – Linda Richardson, Caryl Hughes, Lukas Jakobski; directed by Jenny Miller; conducted by Jeremy Silver
short description Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sadler's Wells – (Un)Leashed – Lyric Pieces | Sense of Time | Peter and the Wolf
short description The Royal Opera – Barrie Kosky’s production of Bizet’s Carmen – Anaïk Morel, Bryan Hymel, Ailyn Perez; conducted by Julia Jones

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 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

CD Reviews

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]
short description The Fellini Album – The Film Music of Nino Rota – Riccardo Chailly conducts Filarmonica della Scala [Decca]

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

Pinchas Zukerman is 71 today
La Jolla Music Society SummerFest Embarks on First Season Under Music Director Inon Barnatan, Highlighted by the Groundbreaking Synergy Initiative (Aug 2-23)
London Sinfonietta announces 2019/20 Season
Michael Tilson Thomas To Receive 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors
1. OPER! AWARDS – Deutschlands erster ausschließlich der Oper gewidmeter Preis
ISM Members Fund launches new counselling service as part of new range of services
Musikfest Berlin 2019: Hector Berlioz and European Modernism, 30 August – 19 September
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
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