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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 19: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – Thomas Dausgaard conducts Also sprach Zarathustra & The Confession of Isobel Gowdie – Alexander Melnikov plays Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto
short description Prom 18: BBC Symphony Orchestra – Edward Gardner conducts Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Claudia Mahnke & Stuart Skelton – Leif Ove Andsnes plays Benjamin Britten’s Piano Concerto
short description Prom 17: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra – 2 – Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Sibelius 1 & Der Rosenkavalier | Gil Shaham plays Prokofiev
short description Prom 15: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra – 1 – Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Symphonies by Beethoven (No.2) & Shostakovich (No.5)
short description Prom 16: Angélique Kidjo
short description Prom 14: Omer Meir Wellber conducts Haydn’s The Creation with BBC Philharmonic & BBC Proms Youth Choir
short description Proms at … Cadogan Hall/Proms Chamber Music 2: A Celebration of Barbara Strozzi
short description Prom 13: BBC Symphony Orchestra – Sakari Oramo conducts Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles ...
short description Prom 12: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain – Mark Wigglesworth conducts Icarus & Romeo and Juliet – Nicola Benedetti plays Tchaikovsky
short description Proms at … Battersea Arts Centre

CD Reviews

short description Beethoven 9 – Runnicles
short description Nikolai Myaskovsky – Complete Symphonic Works, Volume 10 (Olympia)
short description Vaughan Williams ‘Shorts’ – Bernard Haitink (EMI)
short description Mieczyslaw Weinberg Symphonies (1)
short description Sergey Khachatryan – Sibelius and Khachaturian (Naïve)
short description Haydn’s Op.54 – Ysaÿe Quartet
short description Sawallisch Philadelphia Schumann Symphonies
short description Liszt Recital – Julian Evans (Organum Classics)
short description Schubert Piano Music – Elisabeth Leonskaja (MDG)
short description Frank Bridge 3

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

MasterVoices Announces 2019-20 Season
The orchestra at the edge of the earth... Nevis Ensemble perform Lost Songs on St Kilda
Iceland Symphony Orchestra marks 70th anniversary year with eight-concert UK tour (8-16 February 2020)
ENO announces changes to Board of Trustees
Scottish Chamber Orchestra and world-renowned composer Sir James MacMillan bring SCO Masterworks to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Kilmarnock
Helmuth Froschauer – chorus-master of Vienna Boys’ Choir, Vienna State Opera and Bayreuth Festival, and an orchestra conductor – dies aged 85 (22 September 1933, Vienna–18 August 2019)
Bryn Terfel sings the title role in The Royal Opera’s new production of Don Pasquale
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 – Vintage Tommy Reilly
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