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Concert Reviews

short description Mark Padmore & Mitsuko Uchida at Wigmore Hall – Schubert’s Winterreise
short description Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square – Vox Luminis/Lionel Meunier – Pachelbel, Kuhnau, Bach
short description Chelsea Opera Group at Cadogan Hall – Rimsky-Korsakov’s Christmas Eve
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra – Total Immersion: Esa-Pekka Salonen ... BBC Singers, Nicholas Chalmers, Anu Komsi & Piia Komsi, Nicholas Daniel, Sakari Oramo
short description Gerard Schwarz conducts Symphonia Boca Raton, with Jeffrey Kaye & Julian Schwarz
short description Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert Blomstedt – Bruckner 3 – Maria João Pires plays Mozart K488 [live webcast]
short description Les Arts Florissants & William Christie at Barbican Hall – Monteverdi
short description Music from Film Noir at Royal Festival Hall – BBC Concert Orchestra/Robert Ziegler, with Hannah Waddingham, presented by Mark Kermode
short description Philadelphia Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Carnegie Hall – Powder Her Face & Sibelius 1 – Hilary Hahn plays Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade
short description LSO/Nikolaj Znaider – Mozart Violin Concertos K211/K216 & Tchaikovsky ‘Pathétique’ Symphony

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 Leif Ove Andsnes plays Sibelius [Sony Classical]
short description Kirill Karabits conducts Kara Karayev – Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra [Chandos]
short description Vaughan Williams’s London Symphony – BBC Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins [Hyperion]
short description Mozart Piano Concertos & Divertimentos – Jean-Efflam Bavouzet/Manchester Camerata/Gábor Takács-Nagy [Chandos]
short description Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.2 (plus) – Jack Liebeck with BBC Scottish SO & Martyn Brabbins [Hyperion: The Romantic Violin Concerto – 21]
short description Saint Thomas Choir/John Scott – Duruflé’s & Howells’s Requiems [Resonus Classics]
short description The Romantic Piano Concerto – 73: Simon Callaghan plays Roger Sacheverell Coke [BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins; Hyperion]
short description Sir Richard Rodney Bennett Orchestral Works Volume 1 – BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/John Wilson, with Colin Currie [Chandos]
short description Reicha Rediscovered, Volume 1 – Ivan Ilić [Chandos]
short description Louis Frémaux – The Complete CBSO Recordings [Warner Classics]

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 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]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2016-17: Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin – Deborah Warner’s production with Peter Mattei and Anna Netrebko; conducted by Robin Ticciati [Showing on Saturday April 22]
short description Mahlerian Madness – Leonard Slatkin [DSO webcast, April 8]
short description Heralding the London Handel Festival 2017
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2016-17: Mozart’s Idomeneo – Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s production with Matthew Polenzani, Alice Coote, Elza van den Heever, Nadine Sierra; conducted by James Levine [Showing on Saturday March 25]
short description Nicolai Gedda, 1925-2017 – An Appreciation
short description Feature review: Festival Présences 2017, Paris

Classical News

Journey of a Lifetime: Wigmore Hall announces a two-week Seven Ages festival, placing its award-winning Learning programme centre-stage for the first time [February 2018]
Aldeburgh Festival Highlights 2018: 8-24 June
Anita Rachvelishvili signs exclusively to Sony Classical
Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra to make its UK debut, performing as part of JLCO with Wynton Marsalis’ spring 2018 Barbican residency alongside the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS) and the Guildhall Jazz Orchestra
New release: This Christmas Eve, stream the world premiere recording of Carol Eliseus by Huw Watkins on Spotify
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Metropolitan Opera: Bryn Terfel withdraws from Tosca
Manuel Legris ends his period as Director of Wiener Staatsballett in 2020
Chris Addison and Danielle de Niese to present Sky Arts’ coverage of The Glyndebourne Opera Cup
Ermonela Jaho in 2017
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