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Concert Reviews

short description Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2019 – Fiona Shaw’s production of Massenet’s Cendrillon – Danielle de Niese, Lionel Lhote, Agnes Zwierko, Kate Lindsey; conducted by John Wilson
short description Aldeburgh Festival 2019 – Paul Lewis plays Haydn Sonata 34, Thomas Larcher Movement, Beethoven Diabelli Variations
short description Grange Park Opera – The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess – Musa Ngqungwana & Laquita Mitchell; directed by Jean-Pierre van der Spuy; conducted by Stephen Barlow
short description Aldeburgh Festival 2019 – UK premiere of Thomas Larcher’s The Hunting Gun conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth
short description The Grange Festival 2019 – Verdi’s Falstaff – Robert Hayward, Susan Bickley, Nicholas Lester; directed by Christopher Luscombe; conducted by Francesco Cilluffo
short description Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall – Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Stravinsky's Funeral Song & Rachmaninov 1 – Beatrice Rana plays Prokofiev 3
short description San Francisco Ballet at Sadler's Wells – Programme D – Bound To | Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem | Anima, Animus
short description Vienna Philharmonic at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie – Mariss Jansons conducts Schumann’s Spring Symphony & Berlioz’s Fantastic Symphony [live webcast]
short description The Diary of One Who Disappeared at Linbury Theatre
short description Longborough Festival Opera 2019 – Wagner’s Das Rheingold (Der Ring des Nibelungen 1/4) – Mark Stone, Darren Jeffery, Mark Le Brocq, Madeleine Shaw, Adrian Dwyer; directed by Amy Lane; conducted by Anthony Negus

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 75: Andrew Davis conducts The Last Night, with Gerald Finley & Jess Gillam
short description Prom 74: Handel’s Theodora conducted by Jonathan Cohen, with Louise Alder, Iestyn Davies & Ann Hallenberg
short description Prom 72: Peter Oundjian conducts Britten’s War Requiem
short description Prom 73: Before the Ending of the Day – Tallis Scholars & Peter Phillips
short description Prom 71: John Eliot Gardiner conducts Berlioz with Joyce DiDonato and Antoine Tamestit
short description Prom 70: Tango
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 8/Proms Chamber Music – Soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker with Alasdair Beatson
short description Prom 69: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons II – Shostakovich 4 – Baiba Skride plays Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade
short description Prom 68: Berliner Philharmoniker/Kirill Petrenko II – Richard Strauss & Beethoven
short description Prom 67: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons I – Mahler 3 with Susan Graham

CD Reviews

short description Thomas Dausgaard conducts Sibelius’s Kullervo [BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Hyperion]
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 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 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
short description Feature LP Review: Abbado, Harnoncourt and Mainardi – Three Boxed Sets

Classical News

Lincoln Center Extends Mostly Mozart Festival Music Director Louis Langrée’s Contract Through 2023
Guildhall School of Music & Drama announces the Gold Medal Winners for Acting and Production Arts 2019
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Long Yu announce 2019/20 season | 27 September 2019 – 30 June 2020
John Gibbons - conductor and composer - honoured with a British Empire Medal for services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours
American Premiere of Korngold’s Grand Opera The Miracle of Heliane Opens at Bard SummerScape July 26; Plus Exploration of Operetta’s America (Aug 11) and Semi-Staged Production of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt (Aug 18) in 30th Bard Music Festival
Kensington Symphony Orchestra 2019-20 season: ranging from Mahler, Beethoven and Brahms to James MacMillan and Anna Clyne
Jules Buckley announced as first Guest Curator for Cheltenham Music Festival | Artistic Director Alison Balsom to focus on performing and recording career
Scottish Chamber Orchestra and new Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev release first album together on Linn Records in October 2019
Tanglewood Forever Campaign Exceeds Donation Goal
Deborah Voigt Changes Managers--and Repertoire
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