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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 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
short description Prom 40: Queen Victoria's 200th-Anniversary – Ádám Fischer conducts the OAE in Sullivan and the Scottish Symphony – Stephen Hough plays Mendelssohn | Alessandro Fisher sings songs by Prince Albert
short description Prom 39: BBC National Orchestra of Wales – Elim Chan conducts The Hebrides & Pictures at an Exhibition – Catriona Morison sings Elgar’s Sea Pictures & Errollyn Wallen's This Frame Is Part of the Painting
short description Prom 37: Hallé – Maxime Pascal conducts Berlioz’s Childhood of Christ

CD Reviews

short description Sakari Oramo conducts Sibelius – including Lemminkäinen Legends [BBC Symphony Orchestra; Chandos]
short description Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducts Weinberg – Symphonies 2 & 21 – CBSO & Kremerata Baltica [Deutsche Grammophon]
short description Leonore Piano Trio – Music by Hubert Parry [volume 2] – with Rachel Roberts [Hyperion]
short description Andrew Davis conducts Hector Berlioz – Symphonie fantastique & Tempest Fantasy [Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Chandos]
short description Mendelssohn in Birmingham, Volume 5 – Eight Overtures – CBSO/Edward Gardner [Chandos]
short description Herbert Blomstedt conducts Mahler 9 – Bamberg Symphony [Accentus Music]
short description Mark van de Wiel plays Clarinet Concertos by Joseph Phibbs and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart [Signum Classics]
short description Supersize Polyphony – Striggio Mass 40/60 & Tallis Spem [Signum Classics]
short description Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Engegård Quartet plays K421, K428 & K465/Dissonance [LAWO Classics]
short description King’s College Cambridge – Herbert Howells – Choral Works, including An English Mass | Cello Concerto | Organ Pieces, including Master Tallis’s Testament – Guy Johnston, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Cleobury, Christopher Seaman [King’s College own label]

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

Up Close and Orchestral; BBC NOW Present a New Concert Experience
Academy of Ancient Music give Modern Premiere of Dussek's Mass, October 2, Barbican
Salzburg Festival 2019: Emanuel Ax will play the piano solo in the Vienna Philharmonic’s concerts under Bernard Haitink on 30 and 31 August
Riga Jurmala Music Festival: Jan Lisiecki to replace Murray Perahia on August 24 for performance with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Robert Plant is 71 today
Met Live in HD, October 2019 - Turandot & Manon
Royal Albert Hall: Sir Bryn Terfel to headline Love Classical 2020
Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra return for their second Barbican season in October 2019
Katie Mitchell production of Zauberland will be performed at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre this autumn
Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O Presents Innovative New Staging of Handel’s Semele, Directed by James Darrah and Starring Amanda Forsythe, Alek Shrader, and Daniela Mack (Sep 19-28)
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