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Concert Reviews

short description Kensington Symphony Orchestra/Russell Keable at St John’s Smith Square – Joan Tower, Leonard Bernstein, John Adams’s Doctor Atomic Symphony, William Schuman's Third
short description LSO – Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider conducts Smetana’s Má vlast
short description John Eliot Gardiner conducts Berlioz at Carnegie Hall with Lucile Richardot and Antoine Tamestit
short description Southbank Sinfonia/Alexander Walker at Cadogan Hall – Dvořák 8 – Alda Dizdari plays Elgar
short description Berliner Philharmoniker/Jakub Hrůša – The Golden Spinning Wheel & Taras Bulba – Frank Peter Zimmerman plays Martinů [live webcast]
short description Welsh National Opera at New Theatre Oxford – Prokofiev’s War and Peace; directed by David Pountney; conducted by Tomáš Hanus
short description Glyndebourne Tour 2018 – Massenet’s Cendrillon – Alix Le Saux, Eléonore Pancrazi, William Dazeley, Agnes Zwierko, Caroline Wettergreen; directed by Fiona Shaw; conducted by Duncan Ward
short description Pascal Dusapin's Passion at Queen Elizabeth Hall
short description London Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra – Jérémie Rhorer conducts Poulenc’s Stabat Mater & Orff’s Carmina Burana
short description Glyndebourne Tour 2018 – Tom Cairns’s production of Verdi’s La traviata – Mané Galoyan, Emanuele D’Aguanno, Noel Bouley; conducted by Christoph Altstaedt

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 66: Berliner Philharmoniker/Kirill Petrenko I – Paul Dukas & Franz Schmidt – Yuja Wang plays Prokofiev
short description Proms at … Alexandra Palace Theatre – Jane Glover conducts Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury
short description Prom 65: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Semyon Bychkov – La valse, Berio’s Sinfonia, The Rite of Spring
short description Prom 65a: Youssou Ndour & Le Super Étoile de Dakar
short description Prom 64: London Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra – Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts Verdi’s Requiem
short description Prom 62: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko – Elgar & Bartók – Adela Zaharia gives premiere of Iain Bell’s Aurora, Miah Persson sings Richard Strauss
short description Prom 63: András Schiff plays Book Two of J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier
short description Prom 61: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin – Bruckner 4 – Yefim Bronfman plays Liszt
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 7/Proms Chamber Music – Leonard Bernstein on Broadway and Beyond – Wallis Giunta & Michael Sikich ... La bonne cuisine ... Crème Brûlée on a Tree
short description Prom 60: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet – Bernstein & Shostakovich

CD Reviews

short description The Romantic Piano Concerto – 77: Emmanuel Despax plays Bronsart von Schellendorf & Urspruch [BBC Scottish SO/Eugene Tzigane; Hyperion]
short description Roxanna Panufnik – Celestial Bird – Ex Cathedra/Jeffrey Skidmore [Signum Classics]
short description In Ictu Oculi – Orchestral Works by Kenneth Hesketh – BBCNOW/Christoph-Mathias Mueller [Paladino Music]
short description Howard Shelley plays Dussek Piano Concertos [Ulster Orchestra; Hyperion]
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Poulenc [LPO own label]
short description Antonio Pappano conducts Leonard Bernstein’s Three Symphonies – Jeremiah, Age of Anxiety, Kaddish – Prelude, Fugue & Riffs [Lemieux, Rana, Sierra, Barstow, Carbonare; Santa Cecilia; Warner Classics]
short description Richard Arnell: Complete Music for Violin and Piano + Stanley Bate’s Sonata No.1 – Patrick Wastnage & Elizabeth Dunn [Toccata Classics]
short description Steven Devine plays Rameau’s Complete Solo Keyboard Works [Resonus]
short description Martyn Brabbins conducts Vaughan Williams’s Sea Symphony [BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra; Hyperion]
short description ORR Live at the Concertgebouw – John Eliot Gardiner conducts Schubert & Brahms [Soli Deo Gloria]

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 Montserrat Caballé – 12 April 1933-6 October 2018
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila [Showing on October 20]
short description The Power and the Glory – Kenneth Woods & English Symphony Orchestra, with Roman Kosyakov [Concert of Schumann, Sibelius and Liszt, 7 October 2018]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Verdi’s Aida with Anna Netrebko [Showing on October 6]
short description Feature LP Review: Speakers Corner, Analogphonic, Deutsche Grammophon and RCO Live – Sibelius/Oistrakh/Ormandy, Beethoven/Francescatti/Casadesus, Milstein/Pommers, Elman/Seiger, Fournier/Crowson, Dvořák/Janáček Quartet, Schubert/Rostropovich
short description Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts [August 2018]
short description Inge Borkh: 26 May 1921-26 August 2018
short description Wonderfeel 2018
short description A few memories of Oliver Knussen: 12 June 1952–8 July 2018
short description Glasperlenspiel Music Festival 2018

Classical News

Musical America announces 2019 Awards: Daniil Trifonov Named Artist of the Year
Metropolitan Opera Cast Change Advisory: Tosca
Richard Alston Dance Company announces its Sadler’s Wells season, Quartermark [1 & 2 March 2019]
Renowned music festival returns to Birmingham
Roman Rabinovich continues Haydn love affair with new recording series
Minimalist Dream House [9 April 2019, Barbican Hall]
Stephen Kovacevich is 78 today
Michael Eavis is 81 today
Big break for BSO conductor: Marta Gardolińska, steps in at short notice to conduct the Orchestra in Poole and Portsmouth
Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen: George Petrou becomes new Artistic Director as of 2021/22 Festival season
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