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Concert Reviews

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
short description Edinburgh International Festival 2019 – Michael Volle & Helmut Deutsch at Queen’s Hall – Schiller/Schubert | Wunderhorn | Rückert/Strauss & Mahler
short description Tȇte à Tȇte Opera Festival 2019 – For Peace and Country by Isabella Gellis
short description Tȇte à Tȇte Opera Festival 2019 – Her Face was of Flowers by Elfyn Jones

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 28: BBC National Chorus & Orchestra of Wales – Tadaaki Otaka conducts Takemitsu/Twill by Twilight, Huw Watkins/The Moon, Rachmaninov/The Bells, Borodin/Polovtsian Dances
short description Prom 27: The Sound of Space: Sci-Fi Film Music
short description Prom 26: BBC National Chorus & Orchestra of Wales – Nathalie Stutzmann conducts Tragic Overture, Prelude & Liebestod, and Mozart’s Requiem
short description Prom 24: Relaxed Prom – Swan Lake & Paganini Rhapsody – BBC Phil/Ben Gernon with Juan Pérez Floristán
short description Prom 25: BBC Symphony Orchestra – Dalia Stasevska conducts Karelia Suite & Pathétique Symphony – Sol Gabetta gives London premiere of Mieczysław Weinberg’s Cello Concerto
short description Proms at … Cadogan Hall/Proms Chamber Music 3: The English Concert & Kristian Bezuidenhout
short description Prom 23: BBC Philharmonic – Ben Gernon conducts Peterloo Overture & Swan Lake – Juan Pérez Floristán plays Paganini Rhapsody
short description Prom 21: Olivier Latry at the Royal Albert Hall organ
short description Prom 22: BBC Philharmonic – John Storgårds conducts Isle of the Dead, Midnight Sun Variations, The Year 1905
short description Prom 20 – BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – Sibelius – Thomas Dausgaard conducts the UK premiere of the first score of Symphony 5 | Pekka Kuusisto plays the Violin Concerto | Finnish Folk Music

CD Reviews

short description The London Album & The Paris Album – Trio Sonatas – Ensemble Diderot [Audax Records]
short description Ludwig van Beethoven – The Cello Sonatas – Leonard Elschenbroich & Alexei Grynyuk [Onyx]
short description Ivan Ilić plays Haydn Symphonies 44, 75 & 92, transcribed Stegmann for piano [Chandos]
short description The Film Music of Gerard Schurmann – Rumon Gamba conducts the BBC Philharmonic [Chandos]
short description Carlo Maria Giulini conducts Le nozze di Figaro, London 1961 [ICA Classics]
short description Isata Kanneh-Mason plays the Piano Music of Clara Schumann: Concerto, Romances, Sonata, Transcriptions [Decca]
short description The Classical Piano Concerto – Johann Baptist Cramer – Howard Shelley & London Mozart Players [Hyperion]
short description David Skinner conducts Alamire in Motets by Hieronymus Praetorius [Inventa]
short description Andris Nelsons conducts the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in Bruckner's Symphonies 6 & 9 and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll & Parsifal Prelude [Deutsche Grammophon]
short description Thomas Dausgaard conducts Sibelius’s Kullervo [BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; 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 Conductor Willem Mengelberg, by Frits Zwart [book review]
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

Classical News

Adelaide Negri in memoriam – 12 December 1943-17 August 2019
The 2019 Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival brings top talent to Hartford and showcases the Austin grand organ at Trinity College Chapel
John Gibbons records a second volume of lost works by British composer, William Wordsworth, for Toccata Classics
Sir Simon Rattle opens LSO 2019/20 Season and Asia tour
Auckland honours Dame Kiri
Soprano Constance Hauman To Make Dec 2019 Vienna State Opera Debut in New Olga Neuwirth Opera, Orlando
New York Philharmonic: US Stage Premiere of Bengt Gomér’s Production of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Schoenberg’s Erwartung
The Orchestra Now Announces 5th Season: Premieres by César Franck, Zhou Long, Cindy McTee, Leonard Slatkin, Galina Ustvolskaya, and Egon Wellesz
Edinburgh International Festival Creates New Board for the Future
Morley College London launches The Engine Room International Sound Art Competition 2019
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