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Concert Reviews

short description Peter Donohoe at Wigmore Hall – Sixty-fifth-birthday recital
short description John Eliot Gardiner conducts Bach Cantatas at Barbican Centre – II
short description The Royal Opera at Hackney Empire – Na’ama Zisser’s Mamzer Bastard; directed by Jay Scheib; conducted by Jessica Cottis
short description Robert Smith's Meltdown at Royal Festival Hall – The Church and The Psychedelic Furs
short description Garsington Opera at Wormsley – Mozart’s The Magic Flute – Benjamin Hulett, Louise Alder, Jonathan McGovern, Sen Guo; directed by Netia Jones; conducted by Christian Curnyn
short description Jakub Józef Orliński & Michał Biel at Wigmore Hall
short description CBSO/Ilan Volkov – Simon Holt & Brahms/Schoenberg – Alisa Weilerstein plays Shostakovich
short description Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – To See the Invisible
short description ENO Studio Live at Lilian Baylis House – Handel’s Acis and Galatea – Alexander Sprague, Lucy Hall; directed by Sarah Tipple; conducted by Nicholas Ansdell-Evans
short description Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – Simon Holt’s Llanto (para las chumberas) and Bach’s Goldberg Variations

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Last Night of the Proms 2017 conducted by Sakari Oramo
short description Prom 74: Vienna Philharmonic – Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Brahms & Beethoven – Emanuel Ax plays Mozart K449
short description Prom 72: Vienna Philharmonic – Daniel Harding conducts Mahler 6
short description Prom 73: András Schiff plays Book One of J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier
short description Prom 71: London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski – Funeral Song ... Volga Boatmen ... Russian Funeral ... The Year 1905 – Alina Ibragimova plays Prokofiev
short description Proms at ... The Tanks at Tate Modern
short description Prom 70: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Karina Canellakis – Missy Mazzoli & Dvořák – Jeremy Denk plays Bartók
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall, PCM8 – Elias String Quartet & Alice Neary play Schubert’s String Quintet
short description Prom 69: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck – John Adams’s Lollapalooza & Mahler 1 – Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Dvořák
short description Prom 67: Mendelssohn – The Hebrides, Violin Concerto, Reformation Symphony – Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/Pablo Heras-Casado with Isabelle Faust

CD Reviews

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]
short description Barry Douglas – Schubert Works for Solo Piano, Volume 3 – Sonata D958 & Moments musicaux [Chandos]
short description Ginastera – Orchestral Works 3 – Piano Concerto No.1, Variaciones concertantes, Concierto argentino – Xiayin Wang/BBC Philharmonic/Juanjo Mena [Chandos]
short description Peter Oundjian conducts John Adams – Absolute Jest, Naive and Sentimental Music – Doric String Quartet & Royal Scottish National Orchestra [Chandos]
short description Telemann – The Concerti-en-suite – Tempesta di Mare & Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra [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 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 bohčme [Showing on February 24]
short description Feature Review – New World Symphony’s New Works: Michael Tilson Thomas conducts…
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore [Showing on February 10]
short description Feature Review – BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion: Leonard Bernstein [January 27]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: David McVicar's production of Puccini’s Tosca with Yoncheva, Grigolo & Lučić [Showing on January 27]
short description Feature Review: From ICA Classics – BBC Legends box sets and Guido Cantelli, Herbert von Karajan, Otto Klemperer

Classical News

RSNO Chief Executive appointed to top role in the USA ... Dr Krishna Thiagarajan appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Seattle Symphony
Warner Classics, Leonard Bernstein, Antonio Pappano
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s four-year World War One education project culminates with free world premiere performance of a new War Requiem created by composer Kerry Andrew and Birmingham schoolchildren
Leonidas Kavakos & Sony Classical
Bryn Terfel Dreams and Songs
Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2018 open public vote for new ‘Orchestra of the Year’ Award
Vasily Petrenko leads Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra over next two years before concluding seven years as Chief Conductor at end of its centenary season
Phyllida Lloyd is 61 today
Westminster Abbey, 70th anniversary of Windrush Generation [June 22]
Gennadi Rozhdestvensky dies aged 87
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