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Concert Reviews

short description Berliner Philharmoniker in Paris – European Concert with Daniel Harding & Bryn Terfel from the Musée d’Orsay – Berlioz, Debussy, Wagner [live webcast]
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Harrison Birtwistle’s The Shadow of Night & John Adams’s Harmonielehre
short description Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis & Jeremy Denk at Alice Tully Hall
short description Orion Orchestra & London Philharmonic Choir at Cadogan Hall – Alpha & Omega Beethoven – Toby Purser conducts the Choral Symphony & Pavel Kolesnikov plays the B-flat Piano Concerto
short description Bundesjugendorchester at Berliner Philharmonie – Ingo Metzmacher conducts Amériques & Alpine Symphony [live webcast]
short description London Handel Festival – Athalia – Anna Devin, Grace Davidson, Rupert Enticknap, Anthony Gregory; conducted by Laurence Cummings
short description Berliner Philharmoniker – Zubin Mehta conducts Verdi’s Otello – Arsen Soghomonyan, Sonya Yoncheva, Luca Salsi, Francesco Demuro [live webcast]
short description English Symphony Orchestra at Kings Place – Kenneth Woods conducts Martinů & Dvořák – Noriko Ogawa plays Mozart & Kaprálová
short description Philharmonia Orchestra – Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts Glinka & Shostakovich – Esther Yoo plays Glazunov’s Violin Concerto
short description Rob Brydon Probes Barry Humphries at the London Palladium

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 75: Andrew Davis conducts The Last Night, with Gerald Finley & Jess Gillam
short description Prom 74: Handel’s Theodora conducted by Jonathan Cohen, with Louise Alder, Iestyn Davies & Ann Hallenberg
short description Prom 72: Peter Oundjian conducts Britten’s War Requiem
short description Prom 73: Before the Ending of the Day – Tallis Scholars & Peter Phillips
short description Prom 71: John Eliot Gardiner conducts Berlioz with Joyce DiDonato and Antoine Tamestit
short description Prom 70: Tango
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 8/Proms Chamber Music – Soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker with Alasdair Beatson
short description Prom 69: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons II – Shostakovich 4 – Baiba Skride plays Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade
short description Prom 68: Berliner Philharmoniker/Kirill Petrenko II – Richard Strauss & Beethoven
short description Prom 67: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons I – Mahler 3 with Susan Graham

CD Reviews

short description Albrecht Mayer – Longing for Paradise – Music for Oboe and Orchestra by Elgar, Strauss, Ravel & Goossens | Bamberger Symphoniker & Jakub Hrůša [Deutsche Grammophon]
short description Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Ssens Trio plays Divertimento in E-flat K563 & Bach Fugues [Lawo Classics]
short description Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ – Andrew Davis conducts Melbourne Symphony Orchestra & Chorus [Chandos]
short description Johannes Brahms’s three Piano Quartets – Primrose Piano Quartet [Meridian]
short description The Choir of Westminster Abbey – James O’Donnell conducts Bairstow, Harris & Stanford [Hyperion]
short description Seiji Ozawa conducts Beethoven 9 [Mito Chamber Orchestra; Decca]
short description Gerald Finzi – By Footpath and Stile | Music for String Quartet – Finzi Quartet, Marcus Farnsworth, Robert Plane, Ruth Bolister [Resonus]
short description Alina Ibragimova & Cédric Tiberghien – Violin & Piano – Lili Boulanger, Franck, Vierne, Ysaÿe [Hyperion]
short description Juanjo Mena conducts Manuel de Falla’s La vida breve [BBC Philharmonic; Chandos]
short description Doric String Quartet plays Benjamin Britten’s three String Quartets and five Fantasias by Henry Purcell [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 Hilde Zadek – 15 December 1917-21 February 2019 – An appreciation by Alexander Campbell
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Donizetti’s La Fille du régiment [Showing on March 2]
short description Wilma Lipp – 26 April 1925-26 January 2019: An appreciation by Alexander Campbell
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Bizet’s Carmen [Showing on February 2]
short description Theo Adam – 1 August 1926-10 January 2019: An appreciation by Alexander Campbell
short description John Joubert: A composer for today and tomorrow – An appreciation by Kenneth Woods
short description Leonard Bernstein 100 – The Masters Photograph the Maestro [book review]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur [Showing on January 12]
short description Eloquence Goes Dutch – Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Eduard van Beinum, Edo de Waart, with guest appearances from Eugen Jochum, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Géza Anda
short description Countdown to Christmas (Boxes) and into 2019... – 3: José Serebrier conducts Glazunov, Complete Symphonies & Concertos [Warner Classics]

Classical News

Eurovision Song Contest 2019: The Netherlands wins in Tel Aviv
American, Canadian and Russian pianists go through to Final of China International Music Competition and chance to win unprecedented cash prizes
Met Opera Tax Return Reveals Levine's Compensation
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Music Director Will Exit
Ivor Bolton is 61 today
HRH hosts Royal Gala at Windsor Castle for RCM's More Music campaign
Oslo Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko celebrate the orchestra’s centenary with eight-concert, seven-country European tour (13-22 October 2019)
Memory – the 2019/2020 season of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Six pianists progress to Final rounds of First China International Music Competition for a chance to win unprecedented cash prizes
The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra performs works by Krzysztof Penderecki in honour of his 85th birthday
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