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Concert Reviews

short description Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2018 – Handel’s Giulio Cesare – Sarah Connolly, Joélle Harvey, Patricia Bardon, Christophe Dumaux; directed by David McVicar; conducted by William Christie
short description Grange Festival 2018 – Rossini’s The Barber of Seville – Charles Rice, John Irvin, Josè Maria Lo Monaco, Riccardo Novaro; directed by Stephen Barlow; conducted by David Parry
short description Grange Park Opera – Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera – Vincenzo Costanzo, Roland Wood, Claire Rutter; directed by Stephen Medcalf; conducted by Gianluca Marcianò
short description Grange Festival 2018 – Handel’s Agrippina – Anna Bonitatibus, Raffele Pe, Christopher Ainslie, Ashley Riches, Stefanie True; directed by Walter Sutcliffe; conducted by Robert Howarth
short description Philharmonia Orchestra – Christoph von Dohnányi conducts Haydn 12 & Beethoven 5, Arabella Steinbacher plays Mozart K219 – Music of Today Composers’ Academy
short description The Royal Opera – Wagner’s Lohengrin – Klaus Florian Vogt, Christine Goerke, Jennifer Davis, Georg Zeppenfeld, Thomas J. Meyer; directed by David Alden; conducted by Andris Nelsons
short description Würth Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall – Rumon Gamba conducts Tallis Fantasia & Enigma Variations, John Lill plays Rachmaninov
short description Longborough Festival Opera – Wagner’s Flying Dutchman – Simon Thorpe, Kirstin Sharpin, Jonathan Stoughton, Richard Wiegold; directed by Thomas Guthrie; conducted by Anthony Negus
short description Classical Opera at Queen Elizabeth Hall – Ian Page conducts Mozart’s La finta semplice
short description English National Ballet – Kenneth MacMillan's The Sleeping Beauty

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 50: CBSO/Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla – Leonore No.3 & Beethoven’s Fifth, Leila Josefowicz plays Stravinsky, and Allan Clayton premieres Gerald Barry’s Canada
short description Prom 47: Reformation Day 1 – Bach’s Little Organ Book past and present – Robert Quinney & William Whitehead at Royal Albert Hall organ
short description Prom 48: Reformation Day 2 – A Patchwork Passion – BBC Singers & City of London Sinfonia conducted by Sofi Jeannin
short description Prom 49: Reformation Day 3 – J. S. Bach’s St John Passion with the Dunedin Ensemble and John Butt
short description Prom 46: Simon Rattle conducts the LSO in Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, with Simon O'Neill, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Karen Cargill, Christopher Purves, Peter Hoare, Thomas Quasthoff
short description Prom 45: Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, dedicated to the memory of Jiří Bělohlávek
short description Prom 43: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Charles Dutoit conducts Falla’s El amor brujo & Saint-Saëns’s Third Symphony – Joshua Bell plays Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole
short description Prom 44: Bang on a Can All-Stars – Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Philip Glass, Louis Andriessen
short description Prom 42: François-Xavier Roth conducts Les Siècles – Saint-Saëns, Delibes, Franck, Lalo – Cédric Tiberghien plays the Egyptian Piano Concerto & Les Djinns
short description Prom 40: Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Robin Ticciati – Tragic Overture, Nocturne Insomnia, Rhenish Symphony – Christian Tetzlaff plays Berg’s Violin Concerto

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 bohème [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

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
Opera San Antonio Artistic Director Quits, Citing Board Interference
Who Are the Highest Paid Maestros Working in the U.S.?
Paul Patterson is 71 today
Warner Classics and Leeds International Piano Competition announce major new partnership
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