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Concert Reviews

short description Mark Padmore & Mitsuko Uchida at Wigmore Hall – Schubert’s Winterreise
short description Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square – Vox Luminis/Lionel Meunier – Pachelbel, Kuhnau, Bach
short description Chelsea Opera Group at Cadogan Hall – Rimsky-Korsakov’s Christmas Eve
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra – Total Immersion: Esa-Pekka Salonen ... BBC Singers, Nicholas Chalmers, Anu Komsi & Piia Komsi, Nicholas Daniel, Sakari Oramo
short description Gerard Schwarz conducts Symphonia Boca Raton, with Jeffrey Kaye & Julian Schwarz
short description Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert Blomstedt – Bruckner 3 – Maria João Pires plays Mozart K488 [live webcast]
short description Les Arts Florissants & William Christie at Barbican Hall – Monteverdi
short description Music from Film Noir at Royal Festival Hall – BBC Concert Orchestra/Robert Ziegler, with Hannah Waddingham, presented by Mark Kermode
short description Philadelphia Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Carnegie Hall – Powder Her Face & Sibelius 1 – Hilary Hahn plays Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade
short description LSO/Nikolaj Znaider – Mozart Violin Concertos K211/K216 & Tchaikovsky ‘Pathétique’ Symphony

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 Paavo Järvi conducts Brahms – Symphony 2 & Tragic and Academic Festival Overtures – Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen [RCA Red Seal]
short description Colin Davis conducts Brahms, with Gerhard Oppitz & Kyoko Takezawa [Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; RCA Red Seal]
short description Steven Isserlis plays Cello Concertos by Haydn & C. P. E. Bach [Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; Hyperion]
short description Dvořák – String Quintet Opus 97 & String Quartet Opus 105 – Takács Quartet & Lawrence Power [Hyperion]
short description Zino Francescatti plays Violin Concertos by Paganini and Brahms [Sargent in London; Paray in New York; Testament]
short description Mark Elder conducts Wagner’s Parsifal with Lars Cleveman, Katarina Dalayman & John Tomlinson [Hallé]
short description Leonard Slatkin conducts Haydn's Twelve London Symphonies [Philharmonia Orchestra; RCA Red Seal]
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]

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 Year of Wonder, by Clemency Burton-Hill [book review]
short description The music of Geraldine Mucha – a Prague concert and an Arco Diva recording
short description Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017)
short description Leading Tones by Leonard Slatkin [book review]
short description Bampton Classical Opera – Young Singers’ Competition 2017
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]

Classical News

Anita Rachvelishvili signs exclusively to Sony Classical
Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra to make its UK debut, performing as part of JLCO with Wynton Marsalis’ spring 2018 Barbican residency alongside the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS) and the Guildhall Jazz Orchestra
New release: This Christmas Eve, stream the world premiere recording of Carol Eliseus by Huw Watkins on Spotify
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Metropolitan Opera: Bryn Terfel withdraws from Tosca
Manuel Legris ends his period as Director of Wiener Staatsballett in 2020
Chris Addison and Danielle de Niese to present Sky Arts’ coverage of The Glyndebourne Opera Cup
Ermonela Jaho in 2017
A Night for Celebrating: MA Awards, 2018 Version
WNYC, Classical WQXR Get $10 Million
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