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Concert Reviews

short description Riga Jūrmala Music Festival – Zubin Mehta conducts Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique with the Israel Philharmonic [medici.tv live webcast]
short description Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts – Mathilde Milwidsky, Sarah-Jane Bradley & Alice Neary
short description Berliner Philharmoniker – Opening of 2019-20 season – Kirill Petrenko conducts Berg’s Lulu-Suite & Beethoven’s Choral Symphony [live webcast]
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

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 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]
short description Albion Quartet – Antonín Dvořák’s String Quartets Opuses 9 & 96 [Signum Classics]
short description Andrew Manze conducts Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphonies – Sinfonia antartica & No.9 [Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Onyx]
short description The Romantic Violin Concerto – 22 – Linus Roth plays Lassen, Scharwenka & Langgaard | BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antony Hermus [Hyperion]
short description Heinz Holliger conducts Schubert, Volume Two – Symphonies 1 & 5 and the Overture to Fierrabras [Basel Chamber Orchestra; Sony Classical digital download]
short description The Fellini Album – The Film Music of Nino Rota – Riccardo Chailly conducts Filarmonica della Scala [Decca]

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

Jules Buckley & BBCSO
Dutchman Leo Driehuys, chief conductor of Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (North Carolina) 1977-93, dies aged 87
Daniel Harding flying high: the music director of the Paris Orchestra & Swedish Radio SO will take a sabbatical during the 2020-21 season to fly jets, as a co-pilot working for Air France
Jean-Michel Jarre is 71 today
Deutsche Bank and Berliner Philharmoniker extend partnership
New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) Announces Open Call: Composer Submissions for First Music Commissions for the 2020/2021 Season
Karl Jenkins | Miserere
Moscow Unable to Prove Its Charges Against Controversial Director
Baltimore Symphony: Will a Lockout Become a Strike?
Mark-Anthony Turnage: new Refugee song cycle
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