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Concert Reviews

short description Edinburgh International Festival 2019 – Doric String Quartet & Brett Dean at Queen’s Hall – Haydn’s Joke, Dean’s Hidden Agendas, Brahms’s G-major Quintet
short description New Adventures at Sadler's Wells – Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet
short description Edinburgh International Festival 2019 – Meta4 at Queen’s Hall – Fanny Mendelssohn, Kaija Saariaho, Robert Schumann
short description Edinburgh International Festival 2019 – Maxim Emelyanychev & SCO Friends at Queen’s Hall – Schumann, Brahms, Dohnányi
short description Edinburgh International Festival 2019 – Llŷr Williams at Queen’s Hall – Grieg, Liszt, Wagner
short description Fulham Opera @ Greenwood Theatre – Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – directed by Paul Higgins; conducted by Ben Woodward
short description Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart – Louis Langrée conducts Haydn, Schnittke & the Haffner Symphony – Steven Osborne plays Shostakovich
short description Edinburgh International Festival 2019 – Michael Volle & Helmut Deutsch at Queen’s Hall – Schiller/Schubert | Wunderhorn | Rückert/Strauss & Mahler
short description Tȇte à Tȇte Opera Festival 2019 – For Peace and Country by Isabella Gellis
short description Tȇte à Tȇte Opera Festival 2019 – Her Face was of Flowers by Elfyn Jones

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 26: BBC National Chorus & Orchestra of Wales – Nathalie Stutzmann conducts Tragic Overture, Prelude & Liebestod, and Mozart’s Requiem
short description Prom 24: Relaxed Prom – Swan Lake & Paganini Rhapsody – BBC Phil/Ben Gernon with Juan Pérez Floristán
short description Prom 25: BBC Symphony Orchestra – Dalia Stasevska conducts Karelia Suite & Pathétique Symphony – Sol Gabetta gives London premiere of Mieczysław Weinberg’s Cello Concerto
short description Proms at … Cadogan Hall/Proms Chamber Music 3: The English Concert & Kristian Bezuidenhout
short description Prom 23: BBC Philharmonic – Ben Gernon conducts Peterloo Overture & Swan Lake – Juan Pérez Floristán plays Paganini Rhapsody
short description Prom 21: Olivier Latry at the Royal Albert Hall organ
short description Prom 22: BBC Philharmonic – John Storgårds conducts Isle of the Dead, Midnight Sun Variations, The Year 1905
short description Prom 20 – BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – Sibelius – Thomas Dausgaard conducts the UK premiere of the first score of Symphony 5 | Pekka Kuusisto plays the Violin Concerto | Finnish Folk Music
short description Prom 19: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – Thomas Dausgaard conducts Also sprach Zarathustra & The Confession of Isobel Gowdie – Alexander Melnikov plays Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto
short description Prom 18: BBC Symphony Orchestra – Edward Gardner conducts Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Claudia Mahnke & Stuart Skelton – Leif Ove Andsnes plays Benjamin Britten’s Piano Concerto

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 St Louis Symphony Orchestra – Mozart Piano Concertos K453 & K491 – Orli Shaham plays & David Robertson conducts [Canary Classics]
short description Roderick Williams & Iain Burnside – Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin [Chandos]
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]
short description The London Album & The Paris Album – Trio Sonatas – Ensemble Diderot [Audax Records]
short description Ludwig van Beethoven – The Cello Sonatas – Leonard Elschenbroich & Alexei Grynyuk [Onyx]
short description Ivan Ilić plays Haydn Symphonies 44, 75 & 92, transcribed Stegmann for piano [Chandos]

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

Renovated Teatro alla Scala Reopens with Somber Production but Sparkling Venue (and Audience)
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Giuseppe Di Stefano Hospitalized in Kenya Following Assault
Prince Charles Commissions Cello Concerto in Memory of His Grandmother, the Beloved 'Queen Mum'
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Gets Its First Long-Term Sponsor
Scottish Opera's Music Director, Richard Armstrong, to Step Down
Pavarotti Signs Contract for 40-Concert Farewell Tour
Daniel Barenboim Says U.S. and U.K. Don't Understand Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
La Scala Races Towards the Reopening of Its Renovated and Revamped Opera House
Franco Zeffirelli Says Maria Callas Was Poisoned
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