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Concert Reviews

short description Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts – Mathilde Milwidsky, Sarah-Jane Bradley & Alice Neary
short description Berliner Philharmoniker – Opening of 2019-20 season – Kirill Petrenko conducts Berg’s Lulu-Suite & Beethoven’s Choral Symphony [live webcast]
short description Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts – George Vass conducts Adrian Williams, Britten, Copland and Mathias
short description Edinburgh International Festival 2019 – Doric String Quartet & Brett Dean at Queen’s Hall – Haydn’s Joke, Dean’s Hidden Agendas, Brahms’s G-major Quintet
short description New Adventures at Sadler's Wells – Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet
short description Edinburgh International Festival 2019 – Meta4 at Queen’s Hall – Fanny Mendelssohn, Kaija Saariaho, Robert Schumann
short description Edinburgh International Festival 2019 – Maxim Emelyanychev & SCO Friends at Queen’s Hall – Schumann, Brahms, Dohnányi
short description Edinburgh International Festival 2019 – Llŷr Williams at Queen’s Hall – Grieg, Liszt, Wagner
short description Fulham Opera @ Greenwood Theatre – Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – directed by Paul Higgins; conducted by Ben Woodward
short description Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart – Louis Langrée conducts Haydn, Schnittke & the Haffner Symphony – Steven Osborne plays Shostakovich

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 75: Sakari Oramo conducts The Last Night of the Proms, with Jamie Barton, BBC Singers, Symphony Chorus & Symphony Orchestra
short description Prom 72: Symphonie fantastique/orchestral theatre staging – Baynton/Aurora/Collon [1/2]
short description Prom 73: Symphonie fantastique/orchestral theatre staging – Baynton/Aurora/Collon [2/2]
short description Prom 71: Bach Night – Dunedin Consort & John Butt – J. S. Bach’s Four Orchestral Suites (BWV1066-1069) and four commissions: Muhly, Wishart, Robertson, MacRae
short description Prom 70: Jonny Greenwood, premiere of Horror vacui
short description Prom 68: Wagner Night – Marc Albrecht conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Christine Goerke & Stephen Gould
short description Prom 67: BBC Symphony Orchestra – Sakari Oramo conducts Night on Bare Mountain, Forest, and Sibelius 5 – Nora Fischer gives the UK premiere of Louis Andriessen’s The Only One
short description Prom 65: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen conducted by Constantinos Carydis with Danae Kontora – Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven
short description Prom 61: Vienna Philharmonic – Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts The Noonday Witch & New World Symphony – Leonidas Kavakos plays Korngold’s Violin Concerto
short description Proms at … Cadogan Hall/Proms Chamber Music 7: Silesian Quartet & Wojciech Świtała – Weinberg SQ7 & Bacewicz PQ1

CD Reviews

short description I and Silence – Women’s Voices in American Song – Marta Fontanals-Simmons & Lana Bode [Delphian]
short description Alina Ibragimova & Cédric Tiberghien play Brahms’s Three Violin Sonatas and a Clara Schumann Romance [Hyperion]
short description The Romantic Piano Concerto 79 – Markus Becker plays Pfitzner & Braunfels [Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Constantin Trinks; Hyperion]
short description Käbi Laretei plays Paul Hindemith’s Ludus Tonalis [Eloquence]
short description Roderick Williams & Iain Burnside – Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin [Chandos]
short description Howard Shelley conducts Charles Villiers Stanford [Ulster Orchestra; Hyperion]
short description St Louis Symphony Orchestra – Mozart Piano Concertos K453 & K491 – Orli Shaham plays & David Robertson conducts [Canary Classics]
short description The Jupiter Project – adaptations by Clementi, Cramer & Hummel for piano, flute, violin & cello of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Magic Flute, Figaro, Piano Concerto K467 & Jupiter Symphony – David Owen Norris & Friends [Hyperion]
short description Gerald Finzi – Sacred and Secular choral music – Trinity Choir/Stephen Layton [Hyperion]
short description Johann Sebastian Bach – The Toccatas BWV910-916 – Mahan Esfahani [Hyperion]

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 Heather Harper 8 May 1930-22 April 2019 – an appreciation
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

Wiener Staatsoper: Safety Curtain 2019/2020 by Martha Jungwirth, edition and special exhibition
Britten Weekend explores Britten’s relationship with Russia | Friday 18 - Sunday 20 October
BBC Proms 2019 draws to a close
Daniil Trifonov’s 2019-20 Highlights Include Third DG Rachmaninov Album with Philadelphia Orchestra and New Artistic Residency with New York Philharmonic
Lyric Opera of Chicago: Enrique Mazzola to succeed Sir Andrew Davis as music director when the latter steps down at the end of the 2020-21 season following two decades
Wigmore Hall’s 2019/20 season opens tonight and continues with a wide-reaching year of extraordinary concerts and events
Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel return for a Barbican residency in November, with soloists Yuja Wang and Herbie Hancock, four premieres plus an open rehearsal with 100 young musicians
Michael Tilson Thomas and New World Symphony Present 100th WALLCAST® Concert and First in 4K Ultra-High-Definition, October 12
The London Symphony Orchestra celebrates 20 years of LSO Live with a new initiative that brings its 2019/20 season to Apple Music
Aurora Orchestra announces 2019/20 Season
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