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Concert Reviews

short description Kuss Quartet at Wigmore Hall – Haydn – Joke, Frog
short description English National Opera – Verdi’s La traviata – Claudia Boyle, Lukhanyo Moyake, Alan Opie; directed by Daniel Kramer; conducted by Leo McFall
short description Haydn’s Applausus – Classical Opera/Ian Page at Cadogan Hall
short description European premiere of Sondheim on Sondheim – BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart
short description Heath Quartet & Nils Mönkemeyer at Wigmore Hall – Haydn, Widmann, Bruckner
short description Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Thierry Fischer at Lighthouse – Ives & Brahms – Stephen Hough plays Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto
short description Maurizio Pollini at Royal Festival Hall – Schumann & Chopin
short description Philadelphia Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Carnegie Hall – Rachmaninov 2 – Janine Jansen gives New York premiere of Michel van der Aa’s Violin Concerto
short description Handel’s Rinaldo at Barbican Hall – Harry Bicket directs The English Concert with Iestyn Davies, Joélle Harvey, Jane Archibald & Sasha Cooke
short description John Chest & Marcelo Amaral at Wigmore Hall – A Winter Journey

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 Brahms – The Four Symphonies – Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Robin Ticciati [Linn]
short description Schubert’s Winterreise – Florian Boesch & Roger Vignoles [Hyperion]
short description John Jenkins – Complete Four-Part Consort Music – Fretwork [Signum Classics]
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Aldo Ciccolini plays Piano Concertos by Mozart & Rachmaninov conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin [LPO own label]
short description Stephen Layton conducts Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B-minor [Trinity College Choir & OAE; Hyperion]
short description Denis Matsuev plays Piano Concertos by Prokofiev & Rachmaninov conducted by Valery Gergiev [Mariinsky]
short description Martin Helmchen plays Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations [Alpha Classics]
short description The Romantic Piano Concerto – 74: Howard Shelley plays William Sterndale Bennett [BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Hyperion]
short description Choir of King’s College Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury – William Byrd Motets [King’s own label]
short description LSO Live – Nikolaj Znaider plays Mozart Violin Concertos, K218 & K219

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 Year of Wonder, by Clemency Burton-Hill [book review]
short description The music of Geraldine Mucha – a Prague concert and an Arco Diva recording
short description Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017)
short description Leading Tones by Leonard Slatkin [book review]
short description Bampton Classical Opera – Young Singers’ Competition 2017
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel [Showing on November 18]
short description Feature Review: Kenneth MacMillan – A National Celebration at the Royal Opera House
short description George Enescu International Music Festival 2017
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte – Julie Taymor’s production, conducted by James Levine [Showing on October 14]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Bellini’s Norma – David McVicar’s production, with Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Calleja; conducted by Carlo Rizzi [Showing on October 7]

Classical News

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Forgotten Bach aria turns up in shoebox
Franz Welser-Mˆst returns to Southern California as head of the Cleveland Orchestra
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Alexander Kobrin of Russia Wins 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
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