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Concert Reviews

short description BBC Symphony Orchestra – Alexander Vedernikov conducts Vasks & Shostakovich – Helen Vollam premieres Gavin Higgins’s Book of Miracles
short description London Sinfonietta & Synergy Vocals at Royal Festival Hall – Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians
short description English National Opera – Phelim McDermott’s production of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten – Anthony Roth Costanzo; conducted by Karen Kamensek
short description Benjamin Grosvenor, Doric Quartet & Laurène Durantel at Milton Court – Schubert, Chopin, Fauré
short description Khachatryan, Weilerstein, Barnatan, Currie, Gunnell & Walton at Wigmore Hall – Ghost Trio & Realismos mágicos, and transcriptions of Verklärte Nacht and Shostakovich 15
short description Detroit Symphony Orchestra Winter Festival – Leonard Slatkin conducts American Panorama – 2/6 – John Williams’s music for the concert-stage and the silver screen [live webcast]
short description LSO – John Eliot Gardiner conducts Schumann’s Manfred Overture & Spring Symphony – Piotr Anderszewski plays Beethoven
short description Members of the New World Symphony – Purcell, Beethoven’s Archduke Trio and, with Kelvin Thomas, Peter Maxwell Davies's Eight Songs for a Mad King
short description Scottish Opera's Anthropocene at Hackney Empire
short description Daniil Trifonov at Carnegie Hall [live webcast]

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 66: Berliner Philharmoniker/Kirill Petrenko I – Paul Dukas & Franz Schmidt – Yuja Wang plays Prokofiev
short description Proms at … Alexandra Palace Theatre – Jane Glover conducts Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury
short description Prom 65: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Semyon Bychkov – La valse, Berio’s Sinfonia, The Rite of Spring
short description Prom 65a: Youssou Ndour & Le Super Étoile de Dakar
short description Prom 64: London Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra – Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts Verdi’s Requiem
short description Prom 62: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko – Elgar & Bartók – Adela Zaharia gives premiere of Iain Bell’s Aurora, Miah Persson sings Richard Strauss
short description Prom 63: András Schiff plays Book Two of J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier
short description Prom 61: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin – Bruckner 4 – Yefim Bronfman plays Liszt
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 7/Proms Chamber Music – Leonard Bernstein on Broadway and Beyond – Wallis Giunta & Michael Sikich ... La bonne cuisine ... Crème Brûlée on a Tree
short description Prom 60: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet – Bernstein & Shostakovich

CD Reviews

short description Christian Gerhaher & Gerold Huber – Frage – Songs by Robert Schumann, Volume One [Sony Classical]
short description The Polish Violin – Jennifer Pike & Petr Limonov – Szymanowski, Moszkowski, Karłowicz, Wieniawski [Chandos]
short description Respighi’s Roman Trilogy – Festivals, Fountains, Pines – JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic [Naxos]
short description Andrew Manze conducts Mozart Symphonies – G-minor and Jupiter, K550/K551 [NDR Radiophilharmonie; Pentatone]
short description More music by George Antheil – Symphony 3 American & Symphony 6 after Delacroix – BBC Philharmonic/John Storgårds [Chandos]
short description Mahan Esfahani – The Passinge Mesures [Hyperion]
short description Leonore Piano Trio – Music by Hubert Parry [Hyperion]
short description LSO Live – Gianandrea Noseda conducts Tchaikovsky 4 & Pictures at an Exhibition
short description 2019 New Year’s Concert – Christian Thielemann conducts the Vienna Philharmonic [Sony Classical]
short description Mark Elder conducts the Hallé in Elgar’s Wand of Youth Suites and the Nursery Suite [Hallé own label]

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 Countdown to Christmas (Boxes) and into 2019... – 2: Rafael Kubelík, Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
short description Countdown to Christmas (Boxes) and into 2019... – 1: George Szell, Complete Columbia Album Collection
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion: In Remembrance World War I, including Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie [November 10 & 11]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Nico Muhly’s Marnie [Showing on November 10]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Puccini’s La fanciulla del West [Showing on October 27]
short description Montserrat Caballé – 12 April 1933-6 October 2018
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila [Showing on October 20]
short description The Power and the Glory – Kenneth Woods & English Symphony Orchestra, with Roman Kosyakov [Concert of Schumann, Sibelius and Liszt, 7 October 2018]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Verdi’s Aida with Anna Netrebko [Showing on October 6]
short description Feature LP Review: Speakers Corner, Analogphonic, Deutsche Grammophon and RCO Live – Sibelius/Oistrakh/Ormandy, Beethoven/Francescatti/Casadesus, Milstein/Pommers, Elman/Seiger, Fournier/Crowson, Dvořák/Janáček Quartet, Schubert/Rostropovich

Classical News

Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, release 100th recording to mark the 150th anniversary of the completion of the St John’s College Chapel
Nominations open for young musicians from across the UK to join the National Orchestra for All
A celebration of Clara Schumann for International Women’s Day 2019 | Friday 8 March – Sunday 10 March 2019
Southbank Centre announces 2019/20 Classical Season
First ever Riga Jurmala Music Festival announces dazzling line-up of classical music stars for a new summer festival in Latvia, 19 July – 1 September 2019
London Philharmonic Orchestra announces 2019/20 Royal Festival Hall season
Philharmonia announces 2019/20 London Season
Ravenna Festival celebrates 30 years
Marek Janowski is 80 today
Daniels Appears in Court
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