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Concert Reviews

short description Detroit Symphony Orchestra Winter Festival – Leonard Slatkin conducts American Panorama – 4/6 – George Gershwin, including Porgy and Bess, and the Piano Concerto with Jon Kimura Parker [live webcast]
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Rameau to Ravel via Betsy Jolas and Poulenc, Daniil Trifonov plays Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G
short description John Lill in Liverpool – Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with RLPO & Michael Seal (including Korngold, Gary Carpenter, Britten) in Philharmonic Hall, and a recital in St George’s Hall
short description Philharmonia Orchestra – Jakub Hrůša conducts Dances of Galánta & Slavonic Dances – Denis Kozhukhin plays Grieg
short description Can-Can! [Union Theatre, London]
short description Detroit Symphony Orchestra Winter Festival – Leonard Slatkin conducts American Panorama – 3/6 – Age of Anxiety & Appalachian Spring, Adagios for Strings [live webcast]
short description Berliner Philharmoniker/Yannick Nézet-Séguin – Menuet antique, La mer, Prokofiev 5 [live webcast]
short description Göteborgs Symfoniker – Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducts Daniel Nelson's Steampunk Blizzard & Sibelius 5 – Martin Grubinger plays Kalevi Aho's Sieidi [live webcast]
short description Stile Antico at Wigmore Hall – Arise, My Love – Sensuous Renaissance settings of the Song of Songs
short description New York Philharmonic/Thomas Dausgaard – Nielsen's Helios & Schumann 2 – Stephen Hough plays Beethoven

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 50: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Dausgaard – Mahler 5 – Annelien Van Wauwe plays Mozart
short description Prom 49: European Union Youth Orchestra/Gianandrea Noseda – Agata Zubel’s Fireworks & Tchaikovsky 5 – Seong-Jin Cho plays Chopin
short description Prom 48: LSO/Simon Rattle – Ravel – Mother Goose & L'Enfant et les sortilèges, Magdalena Kožená sings Shéhérazade
short description Prom 47: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo – Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro & Prokofiev 5 – Pekka Kuusisto gives premiere of Venables Plays Bartók
short description Prom 45 – Suisse Romande Orchestra/Jonathan Nott – Jeux & Petrushka – Renaud Capuçon plays orchestrated Ravel
short description Prom 46: National Youth Jazz Orchestra – Laura Jurd premiere & Kenton’s West Side Story – Benjamin Grosvenor plays Rhapsody in Blue
short description Prom 44: CBSO/Ludovic Morlot – From Faune to Boléro via Psalm 130 and Nocturnes
short description Prom 43: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim – Tchaikovsky, David Robert Coleman, Scriabin – with Lisa Batiashvili & Elsa Dreisig
short description Prom 42: Estonian Festival Orchestra/Paavo Järvi – Arvo Pärt & Sibelius – Khatia Buniatishvili plays Grieg
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 5/Proms Chamber Music – Colin Currie & JACK Quartet – Xenakis, Holt, Farrin

CD Reviews

short description Christian Gerhaher & Gerold Huber – Frage – Songs by Robert Schumann, Volume One [Sony Classical]
short description Adrian Butterfield conducts Handel’s Chandos Te Deum in B-flat and Chandos Anthem No.8 [Onyx]
short description The Polish Violin – Jennifer Pike & Petr Limonov – Szymanowski, Moszkowski, Karłowicz, Wieniawski [Chandos]
short description Respighi’s Roman Trilogy – Festivals, Fountains, Pines – JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic [Naxos]
short description Andrew Manze conducts Mozart Symphonies – G-minor and Jupiter, K550/K551 [NDR Radiophilharmonie; Pentatone]
short description More music by George Antheil – Symphony 3 American & Symphony 6 after Delacroix – BBC Philharmonic/John Storgårds [Chandos]
short description Mahan Esfahani – The Passinge Mesures [Hyperion]
short description Leonore Piano Trio – Music by Hubert Parry [Hyperion]
short description LSO Live – Gianandrea Noseda conducts Tchaikovsky 4 & Pictures at an Exhibition
short description 2019 New Year’s Concert – Christian Thielemann conducts the Vienna Philharmonic [Sony Classical]

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 Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts [August 2018]
short description Inge Borkh: 26 May 1921-26 August 2018
short description Wonderfeel 2018
short description A few memories of Oliver Knussen: 12 June 1952–8 July 2018
short description Glasperlenspiel Music Festival 2018
short description A Tanglewood Diary, 6-15 July 2018 – Andris Nelsons conducts Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial
short description Understanding Lenny through his Music, by Leonard Slatkin
short description Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – A postscript – New music for piano from Philip Cashian & Harrison Birtwistle
short description How Shostakovich Changed My Mind, by Stephen Johnson [book review]
short description Feature Review – English Haydn Festival 2018 [June 6-10]

Classical News

Nicola Benedetti to give Key Note Speech at the Music & Drama Education Expo on 6 March
Barry Wordsworth is 71 today
Nineteen-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is announced as the latest Ambassador to join the Future Talent team
Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Deutsche Grammophon join forces for new collaboration
London Philharmonic Orchestra to become Resident Orchestra at Saffron Hall from 2019/20 season
Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, release 100th recording to mark the 150th anniversary of the completion of the St John’s College Chapel
Nominations open for young musicians from across the UK to join the National Orchestra for All
A celebration of Clara Schumann for International Women’s Day 2019 | Friday 8 March – Sunday 10 March 2019
Southbank Centre announces 2019/20 Classical Season
First ever Riga Jurmala Music Festival announces dazzling line-up of classical music stars for a new summer festival in Latvia, 19 July – 1 September 2019
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