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Concert Reviews

short description Detroit Symphony Orchestra French Festival – 5/6: Leonard Slatkin conducts Rabaud’s Procession & Debussy’s Faune and La mer – Benjamin Beilman plays Saint-Saëns [live webcast]
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Stravinsky – Vasily Petrenko conducts Les noces & Song of the Nightingale, and Scheherazade, Andreas Brantelid plays Elgar’s Cello Concerto
short description Doric String Quartet at Wigmore Hall – The first three Quartets of Haydn’s Opus 64
short description LSO – Lionel Bringuier conducts Métaboles & Daphnis et Chloé – Alina Ibragimova plays Brahms
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Stravinsky – Juanjo Mena conducts The Rite of Spring, and Debussy & Delius, Benedetto Lupo plays Ravel's Left-hand Concerto
short description UK premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking – Joyce DiDonato & Michael Mayes; BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth
short description The Metropolitan Opera – François Girard’s production of Wagner’s Parsifal – Klaus Florian Vogt, Peter Mattei, René Pape, Evelyn Herlitzius, Evgeny Nikitin, Alfred Walker; conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin
short description BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recital at Wigmore Hall – Ashley Riches & Joseph Middleton – A Musical Zoo
short description Detroit Symphony Orchestra French Festival – 4/6: Leonard Slatkin conducts Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Gymnopédies & Gaité Parisienne – Michelle & Christina Naughton play Carnival of Animals [live webcast]
short description LSO – Daniel Harding conducts Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony & Helen Grime’s Virga – Leonidas Kavakos plays Prokofiev

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 41: Passages by Philip Glass & Ravi Shankar – Anoushka Shankar & Britten Sinfonia conducted by Karen Kamensek
short description Prom 39: Kazushi Ono conducts Debussy’s Faune & Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Hibiki – Inon Barnatan plays Ravel
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall, PCM5 – Shostakovich – Alexander Melnikov & Latvian Radio Choir
short description Prom 37: Rachmaninov – Thomas Dausgaard conducts Symphony 2 & Alexander Gavrylyuk plays Piano Concerto 3 – Latvian Radio Choir sings Russian Orthodox chant
short description Prom 38: Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil (Vespers) – Latvian Radio Choir conducted by Sigvards Kļava
short description Prom 36: Thomas Dausgaard conducts Symphonies by Schubert (Unfinished) & Mahler (Tenth)
short description Proms at ... Southwark Cathedral – Palestrina & Judith Weir – BBC Singers & Nash Ensemble conducted by David Hill
short description Prom 34: John Wilson conducts Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! [matinee performance]
short description Prom 35: John Wilson conducts Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! [evening performance]
short description Prom 33: BBC Philharmonic/John Storgårds – Peer Gynt, Karelia Suite, Mathis der Maler – Lise Davidsen sings Sibelius’s Luonnotar & Alban Gerhardt plays Schumann’s Cello Concerto

CD Reviews

short description Sakari Oramo conducts Florent Schmitt – Antony and Cleopatra & Symphony 2 [BBC Symphony Orchestra; Chandos]
short description JoAnn Falletta conducts Berlioz’s Requiem in Virginia [Hampton Road Classics]
short description Lisa Ueda & Daniele Rinaldo – Sonatas for Violin & Piano by Debussy, Janáček and Respighi [Heritage]
short description Aaron Copland conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker – music by Carter, Ives & Copland – with Karl Leister in Copland’s Clarinet Concerto [Testament]
short description Bach Magnificats – Johann Sebastian, Johann Christian, Carl Philipp Emanuel – Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen [Hyperion]
short description Sonya Yoncheva – The Verdi Album [Sony Classical]
short description Music by Franz Danzi – Piano and Cello Concertos – Nareh Arghamanyan, Aurélian Pascal, Howard Griffiths [Sony Classical]
short description Johann Gottlieb Janitsch – Sonatas & Ouverture grosso – Rediscoveries from the Sara Levy collection [Tempesta di Mare & Philadelphia Baroque; Chandos Chaconne]
short description Riccardo Chailly conducts Stravinsky – including The Rite of Spring and the first recording of Funeral Song [Lucerne Festival Orchestra; Decca]
short description LSO Live – Simon Rattle conducts Haydn – An Imaginary Orchestral Journey

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 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]
short description Overture and Beginners Please [book review]
short description Divas: Mathilde Marchesi and Her Pupils [book review]
short description Feature Review: Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts 2017
short description Barbara Cook (1927-2017) – An Appreciation

Classical News

Famed concert organist offers prize for young Birmingham musicians
Metropolitan Opera Cast Change Advisory: Semiramide
St John's Smith Square and Tenebrae announce HOLY WEEK FESTIVAL 2018
Queen Elizabeth Hall & Purcell Room
The prestigious Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition begins in earnest today
Raimund Herincx dies aged 90
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Debussy Festival, Curated by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, 16-25 March 2018
St John’s Smith Square announces OCCUPY THE PIANOS Festival 2018 / Celebrating two themes: Protest and The Journey Within [April 20-22]
Jaime Martín & Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Polly Graham & Longborough Festival Opera
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