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Concert Reviews

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
short description Detroit Symphony Orchestra French Festival – 3/6: Leonard Slatkin conducts A Frenchman in New York & An American in Paris, and La Création du monde – Michelle & Christina Naughton play Poulenc [live webcast]
short description Diana Damrau, Jonas Kaufmann & Helmut Deutsch at Barbican Hall – Hugo Wolf’s Italian Songbook
short description Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Polina Leschenko at Wigmore Hall – Violin Sonatas by Debussy, Poulenc & Schumann and Pieces by Kurtág & Enescu
short description Mozart at St Martin-in-the-Fields – Locrian Ensemble, Rimma Sushanskaya, John Lenehan
short description Philharmonia Orchestra/Jakub Hrůša – Mahler 5 – Piotr Anderszewski plays Beethoven
short description Ruby Hughes & Joseph Middleton at Wigmore Hall – Songs for New Life and Love – Schumann, Mahler, Ives, Grime, Britten
short description Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Riccardo Muti at Kravis Center, West Palm Beach – Verdi & Britten – Stephen Williamson plays Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Clémentine Margaine sings Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer
short description New York Philharmonic/Jaap van Zweden – John Luther Adams’s Dark Waves & Act I of Die Walküre

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 Tasmin Little plays Violin Concertos by Szymanowski & Karłowicz – BBC Symphony Orchestra/Edward Gardner [Chandos]
short description The Bad-Tempered Electronic Keyboard – Stephane Ginsburgh plays piano music by Anthony Burgess [Grand Piano]
short description Edward Gardner & Bergen Philharmonic – Grieg – Music for Peer Gynt and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays the Piano Concerto
short description Christian Gerhaher & Gerold Huber – Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin [Sony Classical]
short description Jiří Bělohlávek conducts the Czech Philharmonic in Smetana’s Má vlast [Decca]
short description Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic: The Tchaikovsky Project Volume 2 – Manfred Symphony [Decca]
short description Andrew Davis conducts Elgar – Falstaff – and Songs with Roderick Williams [BBC Philharmonic; Chandos]
short description Scriabin’s Second Symphony & Piano Concerto – Oslo Philharmonic/Vasily Petrenko and Kirill Gerstein [Lawo Classics]
short description Fieri Consort – Tears of a Lover [Fieri Records]
short description Mozart’s Il sogno di Scipione – Classical Opera/Ian Page with Stuart Jackson, Klara Ek, Soraya Mafi, Krystian Adam, Robert Murray & Chiara Skerath [Signum]

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 A guitar threesome – recordings of music by Antoine Lhoyer, Johann Kaspar Mertz, and Schubert Songs
short description A Tanglewood Diary – July 7-16, 2017 – Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, Anne-Sophie Mutter, John Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Stephen Sondheim, Resurrection Symphony, Das Rheingold, Daniil Trifonov, The Knights…
short description Better Heard Than Seen – The Fhadikistania Conducting Competition, written by Leonard Slatkin
short description They’re Off and Flying, a piano competition in the future, a stellar speculation by Leonard Slatkin
short description Feature Review: English Haydn Festival 2017 [June 7-11]
short description Ancient and modern: one day at Aldeburgh [10 June 2017]
short description BBC Proms Guide for 2017 – some reflections
short description Feature Review – BBC Symphony Orchestra – Total Immersion: The Complete Edgard Varèse [6 May 2017]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2016-17: Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier – Robert Carsen’s production, with Renée Fleming, Elīna Garanča, Erin Morley and Günther Groissböck; conducted by Sebastian Weigle [Showing on Saturday May 13]
short description The Fourth Symphony of George Enescu – Historical Footnote or Major Rediscovery? [UK premiere, April 29]

Classical News

Ian Page and The Mozartists present UK Premiere of Haydn’s rarely performed Applausus cantata at Cadogan Hall on 15 March
Daniel Kramer directs his first opera as ENO Artistic Director, a sweepingly romantic interpretation of La traviata
DSO French Festival, change of violinist, Capuçon out, Beilman in
This is My Bed, a new opera for children
The Tallis Scholars give a concert to support The Muze Trust, a charity that provides music education to children in Zambia
Jóhann Jóhannsson dies aged 48
Columbia Artists' Sheldon-Atlas Office Adds Staff
San Diego Symphony Names Successor to Jahja Ling
New York Philharmonic Asia Tour with Jaap van Zweden
Brass composer chosen for Emerging Composers Workshop in New York
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