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Concert Reviews

short description Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts – George Vass conducts Adrian Williams, Britten, Copland and Mathias
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

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 48: BBC Symphony Orchestra – Cristian Măcelaru conducts Silvestri & Rachmaninov – Seong-Jin Cho plays Prokofiev
short description Prom 47: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra – Andris Nelsons conducts Bruckner 8 | Michael Schönheit plays J. S. Bach on the Royal Albert Hall organ
short description Prom 46: CBSO – Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducts Lamia, The Way to Castle Yonder, and Weinberg’s Symphony 3 – Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Elgar’s Cello Concerto
short description Prom 45: Mississippi Goddam: A Homage to Nina Simone
short description Prom 44: LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Les bandar-log, Amèriques, and Belshazzar’s Feast
short description Proms at … Cadogan Hall/Proms Chamber Music 5: Louise Alder & Gary Matthewman
short description Prom 43: BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra – Sakari Oramo conducts Beethoven’s Choral Symphony, Andreas Haefliger premieres Dieter Ammann’s Piano Concerto, and Neil Ferris leads the first performance of Jonathan Dove’s We Are One Fire
short description Prom 42: Ulster Orchestra – Rafael Payare conducts the First Symphonies of Beethoven & Shostakovich and Gubaidulina’s Fairytale Poem – Mariam Batsashvili plays Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto
short description Prom 41: London Philharmonic Orchestra – Vladimir Jurowski conducts Rimsky-Korsakov, Liadov & Glazunov – Alexander Ghindin plays Rachmaninov
short description Proms at … Holy Sepulchre London – BBC Singers/Sofi Jeannin

CD Reviews

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]
short description Sakari Oramo conducts Sibelius – including Lemminkäinen Legends [BBC Symphony Orchestra; 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 Leonard Slatkin is 75 today – First of September 2019 – Birthday Greetings (Bottle of Wine) from Achenbach to Zukerman via DSO, Muti, Ohlsson & Rouse follow...
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]

Classical News

BBC Proms 2019 draws to a close
Daniil Trifonov’s 2019-20 Highlights Include Third DG Rachmaninov Album with Philadelphia Orchestra and New Artistic Residency with New York Philharmonic
Lyric Opera of Chicago: Enrique Mazzola to succeed Sir Andrew Davis as music director when the latter steps down at the end of the 2020-21 season following two decades
Wigmore Hall’s 2019/20 season opens tonight and continues with a wide-reaching year of extraordinary concerts and events
Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel return for a Barbican residency in November, with soloists Yuja Wang and Herbie Hancock, four premieres plus an open rehearsal with 100 young musicians
Michael Tilson Thomas and New World Symphony Present 100th WALLCAST® Concert and First in 4K Ultra-High-Definition, October 12
The London Symphony Orchestra celebrates 20 years of LSO Live with a new initiative that brings its 2019/20 season to Apple Music
Aurora Orchestra announces 2019/20 Season
Russian Mikhail Timoshenko, wins top prize at the 2019 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition
Orchestra Hall centennial: Celebrate 100th anniversary of DSO's home with special programming, a new commemorative book, and more
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