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Concert Reviews

short description Igor Levit at Wigmore Hall – Bach/Brahms, Busoni, Schumann, Wagner/Liszt, Liszt/Busoni
short description Bampton Classical Opera – Isouard’s Cendrillon
short description Blackheath Community Opera – Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas
short description Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2018 – Handel’s Saul – Markus Brück, Iestyn Davies, Allan Clayton, Karina Gauvin; directed by Barrie Kosky; conducted by Laurence Cummings
short description Gabriela Montero at Wigmore Hall – K330, Waldstein Sonata, Kreisleriana
short description Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart – La Fura dels Baus’s production of Haydn’s The Creation; directed by Carlus Padrissa; conducted by Laurence Equilbey
short description Opera Rara at Royal Opera House – world premiere of Donizetti’s L’Ange de Nisida – conducted by Mark Elder
short description Opera Holland Park – Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos – Mardi Byers, Kor-Jan Dusseljee, Jennifer France, Julia Sporsén; directed by Antony McDonald; conducted by Brad Cohen
short description Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart – Leonard Bernstein’s Mass; Nmon Ford as Celebrant; conducted by Louis Langrée
short description Robin Tritschler & Jonathan Ware at Wigmore Hall – Family Ties

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 9: World Orchestra for Peace – Donald Runnicles conducts Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem & Beethoven’s Choral Symphony
short description Prom 8: BBCNOW/Thomas Søndergård – Lili Boulanger, Morfydd Owen, Schumann 4 – Bertrand Chamayou plays Mendelssohn
short description Prom 7: Jacob Collier and Friends
short description Prom 6: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo – Gershwin’s An American in Paris & Messiaen’s Turangalîla
short description Prom 5: Glyndebourne Festival Opera – Stefan Herheim’s production of Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande – John Chest, Christina Gansch, Christopher Purves; London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Robin Ticciati
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 1/Proms Chamber Music – Calidore String Quartet & Javier Perianes – Caroline Shaw’s Essays & Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet
short description Prom 4: BBC Philharmonic/Juanjo Mena – Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony – Mark Simpson plays Magnus Lindberg’s Clarinet Concerto
short description Prom 3: BBC Young Musician 40th Anniversary
short description Prom 2: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Alain Altinoglu – Fauré's Pavane & Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé – Francesco Piemontesi plays Mozart K595
short description First Night of the Proms 2018 – Sakari Oramo conducts BBCSO in Oliver Knussen's Flourish with Fireworks, VW's Toward the Unknown Region, Holst's The Planets, and Anna Meredith's Five Telegrams

CD Reviews

short description Edward Gardner conducts Edward Elgar – Symphony No.2 & Serenade for Strings [BBC Symphony Orchestra; Chandos]
short description Edward Elgar – Short Orchestral Works – David Lloyd-Jones conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra [Dutton Epoch]
short description Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts Brahms [WDR Sinfonieorchester; Profil]
short description Marc-Antoine Charpentier – Leçons de ténèbres – Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen [Hyperion]
short description Joshua Bell plays Max Bruch – Scottish Fantasy & Violin Concerto No.1 – Academy of St Martin in the Fields [Sony Classical]
short description Stephen Hough’s Dream Album [Hyperion]
short description Chamber Music by Ernö Dohnányi – The Nash Ensemble [Hyperion]
short description Wiener Symphoniker – Philippe Jordan conducts Beethoven’s Fourth & Fifth Symphonies
short description Andrew Manze conducts Berlioz & Weber – Harold in Italy with Lawrence Power, Invitation to the Dance [Bergen Philharmonic; Hyperion]
short description Grażyna Bacewicz – Piano Quintets, Quartets for Violins and for Cellos – Silesian Quartet & Friends [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 Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Massenet’s Cendrillon [Showing on April 28]
short description Feature Review: International Spring Orchestra Festival, Malta – Rising Stars I, II – Jean-Marc Fabri, Francis James Camilleri, Daniel Zak Borg, Daphne Delicata
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Verdi’s Luisa Miller [Showing on April 14]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Mozart’s Così fan tutte [Showing on March 31]
short description New World Symphony in Florida: Michael Tilson Thomas, Leif Ove Andsnes, Jeannette Sorrell [February & March 2018]
short description Feature Review: Speakers Corner, Tacet and Analogphonic LPs – Brahms/Dvořák/Reiner, Vivaldi/Daskalakis, Mendelssohn/Haendel/Martzy/Müller-Kray, Brahms/Martzy/Wand, Paganini/Ricci, Milstein, Sarasate/Campoli, Bartók/Julliard, Bartók/Stern/Bernstein...
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Rossini’s Semiramide [Showing on March 10]
short description In praise of Philip Sawyers’s Violin Concerto
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Puccini’s La bohème [Showing on February 24]
short description Feature Review – New World Symphony’s New Works: Michael Tilson Thomas conducts…

Classical News

Nicola Benedetti is 31 today
International Contemporary Ensemble Taps New Executive Director
Former NEA Chair to PBS
Contract Terminated for Creative Scotland Chief
Franz Beyer dies aged 96
Snape Proms 2018: 1–31 August
Royal College of Music becomes first London conservatoire to embrace ‘collaborative’ piano
Basil Ramsey (1929-2018)
Sergei Babayan & Deutsche Grammophon
Szymanowski Music Competition
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