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Concert Reviews

short description Berliner Philharmoniker – Constantinos Carydis conducts Mozart 34/38 & Shostakovich Opuses 11/110 [live webcast]
short description Garsington Opera 2019 – Offenbach’s Fantasio
short description Chineke! Orchestra at The Anvil Basingstoke – Wayne Marshall conducts Peer Gynt & Dvořák 7 – Stewart Goodyear plays his Callaloo
short description The Grange Festival 2019 – Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro – Toby Girling, Simona Mihai, Ellie Laugharne, Roberto Lorenzi; directed by Martin Lloyd-Evans; conducted by Richard Egarr
short description Weimar Berlin – Philharmonia Orchestra – Fritz Lang’s Metropolis Live Screening with music by Gottfried Huppertz & New Music for Old Movies by Martin Smolka
short description Opera Holland Park 2019 – Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera – Adriano Graziani, Anne Sophie Duprels, George von Bergen, Alison Langer; directed by Rodula Gaitanou; conducted by Matthew Kofi Waldren
short description Royal Philharmonic Orchestra @ Royal Festival Hall – Vasily Petrenko conducts Ein Heldenleben – Denis Kozhukhin plays Brahms
short description Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Leonard Slatkin conducts Juliet Palmer’s Oil & Water and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra – Makoto Ozone plays Paganini Rhapsody [live webcast]
short description English Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall – Kenneth Woods conducts the Fifth Symphonies of Beethoven & Matthew Taylor – Pavel Šporcl plays Mendelssohn’s E-minor Violin Concerto
short description Weimar Berlin: The Sounds of Change – Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in Wozzeck Fragments (with Angela Denoke), Hindemith’s Concerto for Orchestra, Kleine Dreigroschenmusik, and The Age of Gold

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 Johannes Brahms’s three Piano Quartets – Primrose Piano Quartet [Meridian]
short description The Choir of Westminster Abbey – James O’Donnell conducts Bairstow, Harris & Stanford [Hyperion]
short description Seiji Ozawa conducts Beethoven 9 [Mito Chamber Orchestra; Decca]
short description Gerald Finzi – By Footpath and Stile | Music for String Quartet – Finzi Quartet, Marcus Farnsworth, Robert Plane, Ruth Bolister [Resonus]
short description Alina Ibragimova & Cédric Tiberghien – Violin & Piano – Lili Boulanger, Franck, Vierne, Ysaÿe [Hyperion]
short description Juanjo Mena conducts Manuel de Falla’s La vida breve [BBC Philharmonic; Chandos]
short description Doric String Quartet plays Benjamin Britten’s three String Quartets and five Fantasias by Henry Purcell [Chandos]
short description Steven Osborne plays Beethoven – Piano Sonatas – Opuses 109, 110, 111 [Hyperion]
short description An English Coronation 1902-1953 – Edward VII 1902 | George V 1911 | George VI 1937 | Elizabeth II 1953 – Gabrieli | McCreesh | Simon Russell Beale [Signum Classics]
short description Thierry Fischer conducts Symphonies by Camille Saint-Saëns – in A-minor & Urbs Roma – and Danse macabre [Utah Symphony; 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 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
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]

Classical News

Philharmonia Orchestra brings The Virtual Orchestra to Basingstoke in partnership with Anvil Arts and Festival Place during July and August
June Spencer, Peggy Woolley in The Archers, is 100 today
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust are granted approval for UK’s first school to be established in partnership with an orchestra
Sikorski Music Publishing will be combined with Concord Music Publishing’s venerable Boosey & Hawkes division, bringing together two giants of Russian classical copyrights
Houston Chamber Choir Announces Soul-Stirring 2019-2020 Season, Illuminations
Gwynne Howell is 81 today
Lincoln Center Announces 2019 White Light Festival, October 19–November 24
Welsh National Opera brings Prokofiev’s War and Peace to the Royal Opera House on 23 and 24 July 2019
RNCM PRiSM awarded prestigious Research England E3 funding
Iceland Symphony Orchestra appoints Eva Ollikainen as Chief Conductor & Artistic Director
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