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Concert Reviews

short description Richard Goode at Wigmore Hall – Byrd, Bach, Beethoven, Debussy
short description MET Orchestra/Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla at Carnegie Hall – Debussy's Faune & Tchaikovsky 4 – Anita Rachvelishvili in Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death
short description Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment does Der Rosenkavalier
short description LSO – Sibelius – Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Symphonies 6 & 7, Ray Chen plays the Violin Concerto
short description The Royal Ballet – Swan Lake – A new production by Liam Scarlett
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus – Sakari Oramo conducts Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius – with Stuart Skelton, Alice Coote and Alan Ewing
short description CBSO/Reinhard Goebel – J. C. Bach & Mozart – Mirijam Contzen plays K271a
short description Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Krzysztof Urbański – Scherzo à la russe & The Firebird – Kirill Gerstein plays Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto
short description Spira mirabilis at Queen Elizabeth Hall – Beethoven 7
short description BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recital at Wigmore Hall – Schumann Quartet

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 Yevgeny Sudbin plays Rachmaninov – Piano Concertos 2 & 3 – BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo [BIS]
short description Karl Böhm conducts Le nozze di Figaro, Royal Festival Hall 1954 [ICA Classics]
short description Murray Perahia plays Beethoven – Hammerklavier & Moonlight Sonatas [Deutsche Grammophon]
short description Andrew Davis conducts Arthur Bliss – The Beatitudes [BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra; Chandos]
short description The Gesualdo Six – English Motets [Hyperion]
short description Thomas Dausgaard conducts Brahms – Symphony 2, Haydn Variations [Swedish Chamber Orchestra; BIS]
short description Handel’s Last Prima Donna: Giulia Frasi in London – Ruby Hughes/OAE/Laurence Cummings [Chandos Chaconne]
short description Krystian Zimerman plays Schubert – Piano Sonatas D959 & D960 [Deutsche Grammophon]
short description Sir Thomas Beecham & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra [ICA Classics]
short description Edward Gardner conducts William Walton – Sonata for String Orchestra, Partita, and James Ehnes plays the Viola Concerto [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 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

The cellist who stole hearts at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding, Sheku Kanneh-Mason
David Helfgott is 71 today
Van Zweden Leaves Big Shoes to Fill in Dallas
Milwaukee's Florentine Opera Explains General Director's Abrupt Exit
Miguel Harth-Bedoya to Leave Fort Worth Symphony
Elim Chan Tapped to Lead Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
George Benjamin's Lessons in Love and Violence Dashes Expectations
American Classical Orchestra Announces 2018-2019 Season
New Theatre Show on Life of Henry Purcell to Tour UK
András Keller appointed Béla Bartók International Chair at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama
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