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Concert Reviews

short description Westminster Philharmonic at St John’s Waterloo – Jonathan Butcher conducts world premiere of David Hackbridge Johnson’s Ninth Symphony – Florian Mitrea plays Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto
short description The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall – Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos
short description 33rd Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square: Christmas Music by Candlelight – Ex Cathedra
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Bartók, Szymanowski, Stravinsky, Bernstein – Katia & Marielle Labèque play Osvaldo Golijov’s Nazareno
short description New Adventures at Sadler's Wells – Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake
short description LSO – Marin Alsop conducts Leonard Bernstein’s Candide – Leonardo Capalbo, Jane Archibald, Anne Sofie von Otter, Thomas Allen; directed by Garnett Bruce
short description Philharmonia Orchestra – Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage & Enigma Variations – Piotr Anderszewski plays Mozart K491
short description Anna Netrebko & Malcolm Martineau at Carnegie Hall
short description London Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra – Stravinsky – Vladimir Jurowski conducts Aldous Huxley Variations & Threni, and Berio’s Sinfonia with The Swingles
short description Nash Ensemble & Roderick Williams at Wigmore Hall – German Romantics – Bruch, Brahms, Beethoven, Mendelssohn

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 Leif Ove Andsnes plays Chopin – Ballades & Nocturnes [Sony Classical]
short description Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem arranged by Iain Farrington – Yale Schola Cantorum/David Hill [Hyperion]
short description Wiener Symphoniker – Philippe Jordan conducts Beethoven’s Second & Seventh Symphonies
short description The Age of Anxiety – Leonard Bernstein’s Second Symphony – Krystian Zimerman, Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker [Deutsche Grammophon]
short description Handel’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day – Carolyn Sampson & Ian Bostridge with Dunedin Consort & John Butt [Linn]
short description Handel – Sonatas for Violin and Basso Continuo – The Brook Street Band [Avie]
short description Steven Isserlis & Dénes Várjon play Chopin’s Cello Sonata & Schubert’s Arpeggione, Franchomme, Song transcriptions [Hyperion]
short description Six Evolutions – Yo-Yo Ma plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six Cello Suites [Sony Classical]
short description Andrew Davis conducts Gerald Finzi, with Paul Watkins and Louis Lortie [BBC Symphony Orchestra; Chandos]
short description Orchestral Music by Ruth Gipps including Symphonies 2 & 4 – BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Rumon Gamba [Chandos]

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 Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite, by Roger Daltrey [book review]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Verdi’s La traviata [Showing on December 15]
short description Countdown to Christmas (Boxes) and into 2019... – 2: Rafael Kubelík, Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
short description Countdown to Christmas (Boxes) and into 2019... – 1: George Szell, Complete Columbia Album Collection
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion: In Remembrance World War I, including Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie [November 10 & 11]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Nico Muhly’s Marnie [Showing on November 10]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Puccini’s La fanciulla del West [Showing on October 27]
short description Montserrat Caballé – 12 April 1933-6 October 2018
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila [Showing on October 20]
short description The Power and the Glory – Kenneth Woods & English Symphony Orchestra, with Roman Kosyakov [Concert of Schumann, Sibelius and Liszt, 7 October 2018]

Classical News

Alice Frank is 100 today
Longtime UMich Strings Prof on Leave, Accused of Sexual Misconduct
Three Female Conductors Sign to New Management
Levine Andrade dies aged 64
Orchestra of St. Luke’s 2019 winter-spring season
The National Orchestra for All announces search for Young Composer in Residence for its 2019-2020 Season
WaPo Takes Up Pay Discrimination in American Orchestras
Juilliard School Names New VP and Advancement Chief
UMich Drops the M-Prize
Metropolitan Opera Cast Change Advisory: Otello
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