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Concert Reviews

short description Vertavo String Quartet at Wigmore Hall – Haydn
short description Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/James Feddeck at Lighthouse – Four Sea Interludes & Death and Transfiguration – Daniel Müller-Schott plays Dvořák
short description William Whitehead at Royal Festival Hall organ
short description Orchestra of the Royal Opera House – Antonio Pappano conducts Metamorphosen & Enigma Variations, Christian Gerhaher sings Frank Martin & Shostakovich
short description The Metropolitan Opera – Bartlett Sher’s production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette – Ailyn Pérez & Andrea Shin; conducted by Plácido Domingo
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts The Rose Lake & Mahler 10
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Stravinsky – Vladimir Jurowski conducts Ode, and Falik & Hillborg, Gil Shaham plays Beethoven
short description Malta International Music Festival/Armenian Cultural Days in Malta – Armenian State Symphony Orchestra/Sergey Smbatyan – Rachmaninov – Nikolai Lugansky plays Paganini Rhapsody
short description Alina Ibragimova & Cédric Tiberghien play Brahms’s Three Violin Sonatas at Wigmore Hall
short description Colin Currie & Nicolas Hodges at Queen Elizabeth Hall – Birtwistle, Feldman, Stockhausen

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 50: CBSO/Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla – Leonore No.3 & Beethoven’s Fifth, Leila Josefowicz plays Stravinsky, and Allan Clayton premieres Gerald Barry’s Canada
short description Prom 47: Reformation Day 1 – Bach’s Little Organ Book past and present – Robert Quinney & William Whitehead at Royal Albert Hall organ
short description Prom 48: Reformation Day 2 – A Patchwork Passion – BBC Singers & City of London Sinfonia conducted by Sofi Jeannin
short description Prom 49: Reformation Day 3 – J. S. Bach’s St John Passion with the Dunedin Ensemble and John Butt
short description Prom 46: Simon Rattle conducts the LSO in Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, with Simon O'Neill, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Karen Cargill, Christopher Purves, Peter Hoare, Thomas Quasthoff
short description Prom 45: Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, dedicated to the memory of Jiří Bělohlávek
short description Prom 43: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Charles Dutoit conducts Falla’s El amor brujo & Saint-Saëns’s Third Symphony – Joshua Bell plays Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole
short description Prom 44: Bang on a Can All-Stars – Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Philip Glass, Louis Andriessen
short description Prom 42: François-Xavier Roth conducts Les Siècles – Saint-Saëns, Delibes, Franck, Lalo – Cédric Tiberghien plays the Egyptian Piano Concerto & Les Djinns
short description Prom 40: Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Robin Ticciati – Tragic Overture, Nocturne Insomnia, Rhenish Symphony – Christian Tetzlaff plays Berg’s Violin Concerto

CD Reviews

short description Mendelssohn/Thibaudet CD on DECCA
short description Chroma
short description John Adams - El Nino
short description Mahler 4 - Zander/Philharmonia
short description Weissenberg’s Bach
short description Bantock - RPO/Handley
short description Delius - Complete works for Violin and Piano
short description Angela Hewitt - Bach Arrangements
short description Kurt Masur at the New York Philharmonic
short description LSO Live - Romeo and Juliet

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 Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Massenet’s Cendrillon [Showing on April 28]
short description Feature Review: International Spring Orchestra Festival, Malta – Rising Stars I, II – Jean-Marc Fabri, Francis James Camilleri, Daniel Zak Borg, Daphne Delicata
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Verdi’s Luisa Miller [Showing on April 14]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Mozart’s Così fan tutte [Showing on March 31]
short description New World Symphony in Florida: Michael Tilson Thomas, Leif Ove Andsnes, Jeannette Sorrell [February & March 2018]
short description Feature Review: Speakers Corner, Tacet and Analogphonic LPs – Brahms/Dvořák/Reiner, Vivaldi/Daskalakis, Mendelssohn/Haendel/Martzy/Müller-Kray, Brahms/Martzy/Wand, Paganini/Ricci, Milstein, Sarasate/Campoli, Bartók/Julliard, Bartók/Stern/Bernstein...
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Rossini’s Semiramide [Showing on March 10]
short description In praise of Philip Sawyers’s Violin Concerto
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Puccini’s La bohème [Showing on February 24]
short description Feature Review – New World Symphony’s New Works: Michael Tilson Thomas conducts…

Classical News

Bernstein anniversary celebrated in Scotland in style: The life of one of the greatest musical figures of the 20th Century is celebrated by the RSNO
Dignity at work: ISM releases report on discrimination in the music sector
Pärnu Music Festival
Kathryn McDowell CBE, DL awarded the ISM’s Distinguished Musician Award 2017
Livia Gollancz dies aged 97
Snape Proms 2018: 1 – 31 August
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 2018-2019 Season Announced
The Royal Wedding / Decca Records
Cast change: Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne Festival 2018
Cancellation: Murray Perahia/Barbican recital on 21 June 2018, Barbican
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