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Concert Reviews

short description Tetzlaff Quartet at Wigmore Hall – Beethoven – Opuses 130, 132 & 133
short description Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2018 – Richard Jones’s production of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier – Rachel Willis-Sřrensen, Elizabeth Sutphen, Kate Lindsey, Brindley Sherratt; conducted by Robin Ticciati
short description LSO – Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Beethoven’s Missa solemnis
short description Philharmonia Orchestra/Vladimir Ashkenazy: Voices of Revolution Russia 1917 – Prokofiev – Pekka Kuusisto plays Violin Concerto No.1
short description Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2018 – Puccini’s Madama Butterfly – Olga Busuioc, Joshua Guerrero, Elizabeth DeShong, Michael Sumuel; directed by Annilese Miskimmon; conducted by Omer Meir Wellber
short description Richard Goode at Wigmore Hall – Byrd, Bach, Beethoven, Debussy
short description MET Orchestra/Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla at Carnegie Hall – Debussy's Faune & Tchaikovsky 4 – Anita Rachvelishvili in Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death
short description Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment does Der Rosenkavalier
short description LSO – Sibelius – Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Symphonies 6 & 7, Ray Chen plays the Violin Concerto
short description The Royal Ballet – Swan Lake – A new production by Liam Scarlett

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Last Night of the Proms 2017 conducted by Sakari Oramo
short description Prom 74: Vienna Philharmonic – Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Brahms & Beethoven – Emanuel Ax plays Mozart K449
short description Prom 72: Vienna Philharmonic – Daniel Harding conducts Mahler 6
short description Prom 73: András Schiff plays Book One of J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier
short description Prom 71: London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski – Funeral Song ... Volga Boatmen ... Russian Funeral ... The Year 1905 – Alina Ibragimova plays Prokofiev
short description Proms at ... The Tanks at Tate Modern
short description Prom 70: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Karina Canellakis – Missy Mazzoli & Dvořák – Jeremy Denk plays Bartók
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall, PCM8 – Elias String Quartet & Alice Neary play Schubert’s String Quintet
short description Prom 69: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck – John Adams’s Lollapalooza & Mahler 1 – Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Dvořák
short description Prom 67: Mendelssohn – The Hebrides, Violin Concerto, Reformation Symphony – Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/Pablo Heras-Casado with Isabelle Faust

CD Reviews

short description Jacqueline du Pré, Mstislav Rostropovich, Galina Vishnevskaya, Jean Martinon, Carlo Maria Giulini – 1962 [ICA Classics]
short description Elliott Carter Late Works [Ondine]
short description Brian Ferneyhough La Terre est un Homme [NMC]
short description Mark Bebbington plays Piano Concertos by Grieg and Delius [Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Jan Latham-Koenig; Somm]
short description Joseph Tong – Sibelius Piano Works, Volume 2 [Quartz]
short description Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta – Kodály – Galánta, Concerto, Peacock, Marosszék [Naxos]
short description Tasmin Little & Piers Lane play Brahms’s Three Violin Sonatas [Chandos]
short description Garrick Ohlsson plays piano music by Manuel de Falla [Hyperion]
short description Steve Reich’s Drumming – Colin Currie Group & Synergy Vocals [Colin Currie Records]
short description Sounds of Transformation – David Greilsammer [Sony Classical]

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 William Bolcom at Eighty, and in London June 1 & 2
short description May 2018 releases from Calliope and Indésens – Debussy, Mozart, Ravel, Szymanowski, and Modern Piano Recital
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Massenet’s Cendrillon [Showing on April 28]
short description Feature Review: International Spring Orchestra Festival, Malta – Rising Stars I, II – Jean-Marc Fabri, Francis James Camilleri, Daniel Zak Borg, Daphne Delicata
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Verdi’s Luisa Miller [Showing on April 14]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Mozart’s Cosě fan tutte [Showing on March 31]
short description New World Symphony in Florida: Michael Tilson Thomas, Leif Ove Andsnes, Jeannette Sorrell [February & March 2018]
short description Feature Review: Speakers Corner, Tacet and Analogphonic LPs – Brahms/Dvořák/Reiner, Vivaldi/Daskalakis, Mendelssohn/Haendel/Martzy/Müller-Kray, Brahms/Martzy/Wand, Paganini/Ricci, Milstein, Sarasate/Campoli, Bartók/Julliard, Bartók/Stern/Bernstein...
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Rossini’s Semiramide [Showing on March 10]
short description In praise of Philip Sawyers’s Violin Concerto

Classical News

The Twelfth Festival of English Music, Oxfordshire 25th – 28th May 2018, Dorchester Abbey – Radley College – Sutton Courtenay Church
NEXT: Training the Next Generation of Contemporary Musicians ... Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire launch the first one year UK course dedicated to the performance and promotion of contemporary music
Midsummer Music celebrates 10 years of world-class music making in the Chilterns
Royal Academy of Music’s new spaces named RIBA ‘Best Building in London’ and awarded RICS Tourism & Leisure Award
Houston Grand Opera appoints first principal guest conductor in 25 years ... Eun Sun Kim will take up role in 2019–20 season
Saffron Hall announces 2018 autumn season including new partnerships, world-class music across a broad range of genres, new spoken word events and a deepening commitment to sharing the power of music and the arts with the people of the region
The cellist who stole hearts at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding, Sheku Kanneh-Mason
David Helfgott is 71 today
Van Zweden Leaves Big Shoes to Fill in Dallas
Milwaukee's Florentine Opera Explains General Director's Abrupt Exit
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