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Concert Reviews

short description Garsington Opera 2019 – Britten’s The Turn of the Screw – Ed Lyon, Sophie Bevan; directed by Louisa Muller; conducted by Richard Farnes
short description Chelsea Opera – Anton Rubinstein’s The Demon
short description Evgeny Kissin at Wigmore Hall | Benefit Concert for Save a Child’s Heart | Beethoven Piano Sonatas – Pathétique, Tempest, Waldstein – and the Eroica Variations
short description Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2019 – Dvořák’s Rusalka – Sally Matthews, Evan LeRoy Johnson, Alexander Roslavets; directed by Melly Still; conducted by Robin Ticciati
short description The Royal Opera – David McVicar’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro – Christian Gerhaher, Simon Keenlyside, Joélle Harvey, Julia Kleiter, Kangmin Justin Kim; conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner
short description Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sadler's Wells – Hobson's Choice
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen; Lucy Crowe, Gerald Finley; directed by Peter Sellars
short description Royal College of Music Opera Studio – Lennox Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement and Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti; directed by Stephen Unwin; conducted by Michael Rosewell
short description CBSO – Edward Gardner conducts Berlioz’s Dramatic Legend, The Damnation of Faust
short description Emanuel Ax Seventieth-Birthday concert at Wigmore Hall – Robert Schumann – with Dover Quartet & Simon Keenlyside

BBC Proms Reviews

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
short description Prom 38: Solomon’s Knot – Johann Sebastian Bach Cantatas
short description Prom 35: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, ENO Chorus & BBC Singers – Martyn Brabbins’s 60th-birthday concert – Pictured Within: Birthday Variations for M. C. B. | Serenade to Music | Song of Destiny | Enigma Variations
short description Prom 36: Late-Night Mixtape
short description Proms at … Cadogan Hall/Proms Chamber Music 4: Aris Quartett plays Schubert, Sirmen & Haydn
short description Prom 34: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra – Daniel Barenboim conducts Schubert & Lutosławski – Martha Argerich plays Tchaikovsky

CD Reviews

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 – Engegĺrd 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]
short description Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays Mozart Piano Concertos – 20/D-minor/K466 & 21/C-major/K467 – with Manchester Camerata & Gábor Takács-Nagy [Chandos]
short description Jubilee Quartet plays Joseph Haydn – String Quartets, Opp.20/2, 54/2 & 64/4 [Rubicon]
short description John Andrews conducts Thomas Arne’s The Judgment of Paris – Brook Street Band [Dutton Epoch]
short description Lise Davidsen sings Wagner & Strauss with Philharmonia Orchestra & Esa-Pekka Salonen [Decca]
short description James MacMillan – One Equal Music – The Elysian Singers/Sam Laughton [Signum Classics]

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

Ludmilla Andrew in memoriam
Michael Morpurgo's Mimi and the Mountain Dragon on BBC One
Tommy Reilly was born 100 years ago on this date | Chandos releases A Life in Music
Two Key Chicago Public Media Figures Headed to New York
Domingo Reactions: He Is Not a Harasser
Remembering Woodstock, 50 Years Later
BBC's Ten Pieces, Hans Zimmer commission
New York Philharmonic: Details Announced for the 2019–20 Season of the Sound ON Series
HarrisonParrott takes over Southbank Centre for a series of concerts and events to mark its 50th birthday: 50 Years in a Day [October 6]
Jazzfest Berlin 2019: Sonic Genome by Anthony Braxton launches the festival on 31 October at Gropius Bau
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