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Concert Reviews

short description Elisabeth Leonskaja at Wigmore Hall – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Philip Herschkowitz, Alban Berg
short description Blackheath Halls Opera – Offenbach’s La belle Hélène
short description Munich Philharmonic & Valery Gergiev @ the Odeonplatz – Beethoven – Fifth Symphony & Coriolan | Daniil Trifonov plays the Emperor Concerto [live webcast]
short description Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood – Andris Nelsons conducts Verdi’s Requiem
short description Buxton International Festival 2019 – Caldara’s Lucio Papirio Dittatore – Robert Murray, Rowan Pierce, Owen Willetts; directed by Mark Burns; conducted by Adrian Chandler
short description Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood – Andris Nelsons conducts Copland – Jan Lisiecki plays Grieg
short description The Royal Opera – Donizetti’s La Fille du regiment – Sabine Devieilhe & Javier Camarena with Miranda Richardson as La Duchesse de Crackentorp; directed by Laurent Pelly; conducted by Evelino Pidò
short description Longborough Festival 2019 – Mozart’s Don Giovanni – Ivan Ludlow, Emyr Wyn Jones, Claire Egan; directed by Martin Constantine; conducted by Thomas Blunt
short description Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood – Andris Nelsons conducts Joan Tower & Dvořák’s New World Symphony – Anne-Sophie Mutter plays André Previn’s Violin Concerto
short description Buxton International Festival 2019 – Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin – George Humphreys, David Webb, Shelley Jackson, Angharad Lyddon; directed by Jamie Manton; conducted by Adrian Kelly

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 59: Relaxed Prom
short description Prom 58: The Sound of an Orchestra – RPO/Joshua Weilerstein
short description Prom 57: John Wilson conducts Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town
short description Prom 56: BBCSO/Sakari Oramo – Bruckner 5 – Benjamin Grosvenor plays Mozart K467
short description Prom 55: Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer II – Hungarian Rhapsodies & Dances, Zigeunerweisen – Liszt, Brahms & Sarasate
short description Prom 54: Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer I – Enescu, Bartók, Mahler
short description Prom 53 (Aug 21): Youssou Ndour & Le Super Étoile de Dakar – now rescheduled as Prom 65a, August 31, 10.15 p.m.
short description Prom 52: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Edward Gardner – Flying Dutchman Overture & Sibelius 2 – Alina Ibragimova gives premiere of Rolf Wallin’s Whirld
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 6/Proms Chamber Music – BBC Singers & Sakari Oramo – Bridge, Vaughan Williams, Holst ... Laura Mvula premiere ... Parry's Songs of Farewell
short description Prom 51: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Dausgaard – Parsifal Prelude & Nørgård 3 – Malin Byström sings Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs

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

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
Fabio Luisi Quits as Music Director of Maggio Musicale
Musical journeys: unique national youth orchestra returns for its fifth year in Leeds to launch new season
Lincoln Center Extends Mostly Mozart Festival Music Director Louis Langrée’s Contract Through 2023
Guildhall School of Music & Drama announces the Gold Medal Winners for Acting and Production Arts 2019
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Long Yu announce 2019/20 season | 27 September 2019 – 30 June 2020
John Gibbons - conductor and composer - honoured with a British Empire Medal for services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours
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