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Concert Reviews

short description Grimeborn – Violetta
short description Chiaroscuro Quartet @ Wigmore Hall – Beethoven C-minor 18/4 & Schubert Death and the Maiden D810 [live webcast]
short description West Green House Opera – Rossini’s La Cenerentola – directed by Victoria Newlyn; conducted by Matthew Kofi Waldren
short description West Green House Opera – Rossini’s L’Inganno Felice – directed by Mark Burns; conducted by Oliver Gooch
short description Verbier Festival 2019 – Sergei Redkin plays Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev & Rachmaninov [live Medici webcast]
short description Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart | Andrew Manze, Pekka Kuusisto & Knut Erik Sundquist | Romanian Folk Dances, The Four Seasons, Music from Finland & Norway
short description Mark Padmore & Paul Lewis at Wigmore Hall – Rückert-Lieder & Dichterliebe
short description Sarah Connolly & Malcolm Martineau at Wigmore Hall
short description Welsh National Opera at the Royal Opera House – Prokofiev’s War and Peace; directed by David Pountney; conducted by Tomáš Hanus
short description Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart – Beethoven – Eroica Symphony/Andrew Manze & Violin Concerto/Vilde Frang

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 38: Solomon’s Knot – Johann Sebastian Bach Cantatas
short description Prom 35: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, ENO Chorus & BBC Singers – Martyn Brabbins’s 60th-birthday concert – Pictured Within: Birthday Variations for M. C. B. | Serenade to Music | Song of Destiny | Enigma Variations
short description Prom 36: Late-Night Mixtape
short description Proms at … Cadogan Hall/Proms Chamber Music 4: Aris Quartett plays Schubert, Sirmen & Haydn
short description Prom 34: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra – Daniel Barenboim conducts Schubert & Lutosławski – Martha Argerich plays Tchaikovsky
short description Prom 32: National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America – Antonio Pappano conducts Occidentalis & Alpine Symphony – Joyce DiDonato sings Nuits d’été
short description Prom 33 – BBC Symphony Orchestra with Christina Gansch – Semyon Bychkov conducts Detlev Glanert/Weites Land, Schubert & Glanert's Einsamkeit, Mahler 4
short description Prom 31: Philharmonia Orchestra – Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Brahms's Haydn Variations & Bruckner's Romantic Symphony – Lise Davidsen sings Richard Strauss
short description Prom 29: The Warner Brothers Story – John Wilson [matinee showing]
short description Prom 30: The Warner Brothers Story – John Wilson [second reel]

CD Reviews

short description Elgar: The New England Connection, Volume 2 – Falstaff – and George Chadwick’s Tam O’Shanter – BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Andrew Constantine [Orchid Classics]
short description John Wilson conducts Sinfonia of London in Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Symphony, Theme and Variations, and Straussiana [Chandos]
short description Alina Ibragimova & Cédric Tiberghien play Brahms’s Three Violin Sonatas and a Clara Schumann Romance [Hyperion]
short description The Romantic Piano Concerto 79 – Markus Becker plays Pfitzner & Braunfels [Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Constantin Trinks; Hyperion]
short description Roderick Williams & Iain Burnside – Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin [Chandos]
short description Howard Shelley conducts Charles Villiers Stanford [Ulster Orchestra; Hyperion]
short description St Louis Symphony Orchestra – Mozart Piano Concertos K453 & K491 – Orli Shaham plays & David Robertson conducts [Canary Classics]
short description The Jupiter Project – adaptations by Clementi, Cramer & Hummel for piano, flute, violin & cello of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Magic Flute, Figaro, Piano Concerto K467 & Jupiter Symphony – David Owen Norris & Friends [Hyperion]
short description Gerald Finzi – Sacred and Secular choral music – Trinity Choir/Stephen Layton [Hyperion]
short description Johann Sebastian Bach – The Toccatas BWV910-916 – Mahan Esfahani [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 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

Adelaide Negri in memoriam – 12 December 1943-17 August 2019
The 2019 Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival brings top talent to Hartford and showcases the Austin grand organ at Trinity College Chapel
John Gibbons records a second volume of lost works by British composer, William Wordsworth, for Toccata Classics
Sir Simon Rattle opens LSO 2019/20 Season and Asia tour
Auckland honours Dame Kiri
Soprano Constance Hauman To Make Dec 2019 Vienna State Opera Debut in New Olga Neuwirth Opera, Orlando
New York Philharmonic: US Stage Premiere of Bengt Gomér’s Production of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Schoenberg’s Erwartung
The Orchestra Now Announces 5th Season: Premieres by César Franck, Zhou Long, Cindy McTee, Leonard Slatkin, Galina Ustvolskaya, and Egon Wellesz
Edinburgh International Festival Creates New Board for the Future
Morley College London launches The Engine Room International Sound Art Competition 2019
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