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Concert Reviews

short description Garsington Opera 2019 – Smetana’s The Bartered Bride – Natalya Romaniw, Brenden Gunnell, Joshua Bloom, Heather Shipp; directed by Paul Curran; Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Jac van Steen
short description OAE @ RFH – Thierry Fischer conducts Elgar’s Serenade for Strings & Sibelius 2 – Alina Ibragimova plays Richard Strauss’s Violin Concerto
short description Hilary Hahn plays Johann Sebastian Bach at Wigmore Hall
short description LSO – Michael Tilson Thomas conducts John Cage & Bartók, Julia Fischer plays Beethoven
short description Berlin State Opera – Harry Kupfer’s production of Verdi’s Macbeth – Plácido Domingo, René Pape, Ekaterina Semenchuk; conducted by Daniel Barenboim
short description Philharmonia Orchestra – Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducts The Chairman Dances & Petrushka – Pekka Kuusisto plays Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto
short description Garsington Opera 2019 – Mozart’s Don Giovanni – Jonathan McGovern, David Ireland, Mireille Asselin; directed by Michael Boyd; conducted by Douglas Boyd
short description Classical Opera at Queen Elizabeth Hall – Ian Page conducts Gluck’s Bauci e Filemone & Orfeo
short description Endellion String Quartet Fortieth-Anniversary Concert at Wigmore Hall – Beethoven, London premieres, Death and the Maiden
short description Igor Levit plays Ronald Stevenson’s Passacaglia on DSCH at Wigmore Hall

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 Ein Liebesleben – Simon Callaghan plays piano music by Jean Louis Nicodé [Hyperion]
short description Augustin Hadelich plays the Violin Concertos by Brahms and Ligeti with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya [Warner Classics]
short description Edward Elgar – String Quartet & Piano Quintet – Brodsky Quartet & Martin Roscoe [Chandos]
short description Martin James Bartlett – Love and Death [Warner Classics]
short description Khatia Buniatishvili plays Schubert – Piano Sonata D960, Impromptus D899, Schubert/Liszt Serenade [Sony Classical]
short description Jiří Bělohlávek conducts Josef Suk – Asrael Symphony & Fairy Tale – with the Czech Philharmonic [Decca]
short description Vers l'ailleurs – Gaspard Dehaene plays Schubert D959, Liszt & Bruneau-Boulmier [Collection 1001 Notes]
short description Albrecht Mayer – Longing for Paradise – Music for Oboe and Orchestra by Elgar, Strauss, Ravel & Goossens | Bamberger Symphoniker & Jakub Hrůša [Deutsche Grammophon]
short description Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Ssens Trio plays Divertimento in E-flat K563 & Bach Fugues [Lawo Classics]
short description Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León – Andrew Gourlay conducts Rachmaninov [OSCyL own-label]

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 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
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]

Classical News

Welcome to the urban jungle: Smithfield Market transforms into a Beastly paradise this August
Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl steps in for Gábor Takács-Nagy in upcoming DSO performances, June 27, 28, & 30
Ian Page and The Mozartists explore Mozart’s travels across Europe, making their début at Lichfield Festival and returning to Wigmore Hall
Scottish Ensemble celebrates its 50th Anniversary season with new co-productions, pioneering collaborators, Scottish and international commissions, and a new Glasgow festival of string music
Gloria Vanderbilt, one-time wife of Leopold Stokowski, dies aged 95
Snape Maltings Concerts and Events in Autumn 2019
The Rychenberg Competition nominates 10 composers
Andermatt Concert Hall opens with Berliner Philharmoniker concert
RNCM announces 2019 Gold Medal winners
Franco Zeffirelli has died aged 96
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