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Concert Reviews

short description EFG London Jazz Festival – Henri Texier’s Hope Quartet at Kings Place
short description John Barry – Bond and Beyond – Philharmonia Orchestra/Nicholas Dodd, presented by Robert Lindsay
short description Víkingur Ólafsson at St John’s Smith Square
short description English Chamber Orchestra at Barbican Hall – Beethoven programme – Julian Rachlin plays the Violin Concerto and conducts Coriolan & Symphony 7
short description The Metropolitan Opera – John Cox’s production of Massenet’s Thaïs – Ailyn Pérez, Gerald Finley, Jean-François Borras; conducted by Emmanuel Villaume
short description Shostakovich & Messiaen at St John’s Smith Square – Osborne, Ehnes, Gerhardt, Johnson
short description Cédric Tiberghien at Turner Sims
short description Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev at Carnegie Hall – Shostakovich & Scriabin – Denis Matsuev plays Prokofiev
short description EFG London Jazz Festival – Herbie Hancock at Barbican Hall
short description BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recital at Wigmore Hall – Gabriela Montero

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 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]
short description Leif Ove Andsnes plays Sibelius [Sony Classical]
short description Kirill Karabits conducts Kara Karayev – Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra [Chandos]
short description Vaughan Williams’s London Symphony – BBC Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins [Hyperion]
short description Mozart Piano Concertos & Divertimentos – Jean-Efflam Bavouzet/Manchester Camerata/Gábor Takács-Nagy [Chandos]
short description Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.2 (plus) – Jack Liebeck with BBC Scottish SO & Martyn Brabbins [Hyperion: The Romantic Violin Concerto – 21]
short description Saint Thomas Choir/John Scott – Duruflé’s & Howells’s Requiems [Resonus Classics]
short description The Romantic Piano Concerto – 73: Simon Callaghan plays Roger Sacheverell Coke [BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins; 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 A Tanglewood Diary – July 7-16, 2017 – Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, Anne-Sophie Mutter, John Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Stephen Sondheim, Resurrection Symphony, Das Rheingold, Daniil Trifonov, The Knights…
short description Better Heard Than Seen – The Fhadikistania Conducting Competition, written by Leonard Slatkin
short description They’re Off and Flying, a piano competition in the future, a stellar speculation by Leonard Slatkin
short description Feature Review: English Haydn Festival 2017 [June 7-11]
short description Ancient and modern: one day at Aldeburgh [10 June 2017]
short description BBC Proms Guide for 2017 – some reflections
short description Feature Review – BBC Symphony Orchestra – Total Immersion: The Complete Edgard Varèse [6 May 2017]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2016-17: Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier – Robert Carsen’s production, with Renée Fleming, Elīna Garanča, Erin Morley and Günther Groissböck; conducted by Sebastian Weigle [Showing on Saturday May 13]
short description The Fourth Symphony of George Enescu – Historical Footnote or Major Rediscovery? [UK premiere, April 29]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2016-17: Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin – Deborah Warner’s production with Peter Mattei and Anna Netrebko; conducted by Robin Ticciati [Showing on Saturday April 22]

Classical News

James Levine Confirms That He Has Been Suffering from Tremors
Scottish Opera Reveals Just How Much It's Spending (and Losing) on Its New Production of La BohËme
Simon Rattle Unrattled by Criticism of His Work in Berlin
Violinist Nicola Benedetti Named BBC Young Musician of the Year
BBC Announces Wide-Ranging Season of Proms -- From Elgar to Biber, Jan·cek to Period-Instrument Wagner
Austria Strikes 50-Euro Gold Coin Honoring Haydn
Jeffrey Kahane to Succeed Marin Alsop as Music Director of Colorado Symphony
New Zealand Opera Faces Financial Crisis; Government Denies Extra Funding
Royal Festival Hall Begins £71 Million Refurbishment; Vivien Duffield Donates £5 Million
Officials Hope That New £20 Million Hall Can Put Perth (Scotland) on International Concert Circuit
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