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Concert Reviews

short description Basel Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall – Heinz Holliger conducts The Hebrides, Meta arca, and Great C-major Symphony – Stephen Hough plays Mendelssohn
short description The Royal Opera – Rossini’s Semiramide – Joyce DiDonato, Lawrence Brownlee, Daniela Barcellona; directed by David Alden; conducted by Antonio Pappano
short description English National Opera – world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Marnie – Sasha Cooke, Daniel Okulitch; directed by Michael Mayer; conducted by Martyn Brabbins
short description Basel Chamber Orchestra at The Anvil Basingstoke – Heinz Holliger conducts The Hebrides, Meta arca, and Great C-major Symphony – Stephen Hough plays Mendelssohn
short description EFG London Jazz Festival – Henri Texier’s Hope Quartet at Kings Place
short description John Barry – Bond and Beyond – Philharmonia Orchestra/Nicholas Dodd, presented by Robert Lindsay
short description Víkingur Ólafsson at St John’s Smith Square
short description English Chamber Orchestra at Barbican Hall – Beethoven programme – Julian Rachlin plays the Violin Concerto and conducts Coriolan & Symphony 7
short description The Metropolitan Opera – John Cox’s production of Massenet’s Thaïs – Ailyn Pérez, Gerald Finley, Jean-François Borras; conducted by Emmanuel Villaume
short description Shostakovich & Messiaen at St John’s Smith Square – Osborne, Ehnes, Gerhardt, Johnson

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 68: Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev – Prokofiev’s October Revolution Cantata & Shostakovich 5 – Denis Matsuev plays Tchaikovsky
short description Proms at ... Wilton’s Music Hall – songbirdsongs ... Molly's Song 3 ... Eight Songs for a Mad King
short description Prom 66: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Daniele Gatti – Haydn’s Bear & Mahler’s Fourth
short description Prom 64: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Daniele Gatti – Wolfgang Rihm’s In-Schrift & Bruckner 9
short description Prom 65: Stax Records – 50 Years of Soul – Jools Holland
short description Prom 63: Semyon Bychkov conducts The Oresteia & Manfred Symphony – Kirill Gerstein plays Rachmaninov
short description Prom 61: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/Sakari Oramo – Andrea Tarrodi & Carl Nielsen – Renée Fleming sings Samuel Barber & Richard Strauss
short description Prom 62: Chineke! conducted by Kevin John Edusei, with Sheku Kanneh-Mason & Jeanine De Bique
short description Prom 60: Oslo Philharmonic/Vasily Petrenko – The Firebird & Shostakovich 12 – Leif Ove Andsnes plays Rachmaninov
short description Prom 59: Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito from Glyndebourne Festival Opera – Richard Croft, Alice Coote, Joélle Harvey, Anna Stéphany, Michèle Losier, Clive Bayley; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Robin Ticciati

CD Reviews

short description Steven Osborne plays Debussy [Hyperion]
short description Schubert – The Finished Unfinished – Basel Chamber Orchestra/Mario Venzago [Sony Classical]
short description Nathan Williamson plays Great American Piano Sonatas – Bernstein, Copland, Harrison, Ives [Somm]
short description Leif Ove Andsnes plays Sibelius [Sony Classical]
short description Kirill Karabits conducts Kara Karayev – Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra [Chandos]
short description Vaughan Williams’s London Symphony – BBC Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins [Hyperion]
short description Mozart Piano Concertos & Divertimentos – Jean-Efflam Bavouzet/Manchester Camerata/Gábor Takács-Nagy [Chandos]
short description Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.2 (plus) – Jack Liebeck with BBC Scottish SO & Martyn Brabbins [Hyperion: The Romantic Violin Concerto – 21]
short description Saint Thomas Choir/John Scott – Duruflé’s & Howells’s Requiems [Resonus Classics]
short description The Romantic Piano Concerto – 73: Simon Callaghan plays Roger Sacheverell Coke [BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins; Hyperion]

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: Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel [Showing on November 18]
short description Feature Review: Kenneth MacMillan – A National Celebration at the Royal Opera House
short description George Enescu International Music Festival 2017
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte – Julie Taymor’s production, conducted by James Levine [Showing on October 14]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Bellini’s Norma – David McVicar’s production, with Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Calleja; conducted by Carlo Rizzi [Showing on October 7]
short description Overture and Beginners Please [book review]
short description Divas: Mathilde Marchesi and Her Pupils [book review]
short description Feature Review: Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts 2017
short description Barbara Cook (1927-2017) – An Appreciation
short description A guitar threesome – recordings of music by Antoine Lhoyer, Johann Kaspar Mertz, and Schubert Songs

Classical News

BBC Concert Orchestra & Bramwell Tovey
New members for RSNO Board of Directors
BBC NGAs at Ryedale Festival
David Stearns to Exit Philly Inquirer
Lincoln Center Expands Jane Moss's Role
Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2018
Iconic label ECM Records Commences Streaming and Expands Partnership with Universal Music Group in Global Digital Distribution
Royal College of Music to unveil new organ custom built by world-renowned Flentrop Orgelbouw
Jessica Dandy wins 6th LBS Bach Singers Prize Competition
Simon Woods: Seattle Symphony to LA Phil
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