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Concert Reviews

short description Berliner Philharmoniker – Constantinos Carydis conducts Mozart 34/38 & Shostakovich Opuses 11/110 [live webcast]
short description Garsington Opera 2019 – Offenbach’s Fantasio
short description Chineke! Orchestra at The Anvil Basingstoke – Wayne Marshall conducts Peer Gynt & Dvořák 7 – Stewart Goodyear plays his Callaloo
short description The Grange Festival 2019 – Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro – Toby Girling, Simona Mihai, Ellie Laugharne, Roberto Lorenzi; directed by Martin Lloyd-Evans; conducted by Richard Egarr
short description Weimar Berlin – Philharmonia Orchestra – Fritz Lang’s Metropolis Live Screening with music by Gottfried Huppertz & New Music for Old Movies by Martin Smolka
short description Opera Holland Park 2019 – Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera – Adriano Graziani, Anne Sophie Duprels, George von Bergen, Alison Langer; directed by Rodula Gaitanou; conducted by Matthew Kofi Waldren
short description Royal Philharmonic Orchestra @ Royal Festival Hall – Vasily Petrenko conducts Ein Heldenleben – Denis Kozhukhin plays Brahms
short description Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Leonard Slatkin conducts Juliet Palmer’s Oil & Water and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra – Makoto Ozone plays Paganini Rhapsody [live webcast]
short description English Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall – Kenneth Woods conducts the Fifth Symphonies of Beethoven & Matthew Taylor – Pavel Šporcl plays Mendelssohn’s E-minor Violin Concerto
short description Weimar Berlin: The Sounds of Change – Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in Wozzeck Fragments (with Angela Denoke), Hindemith’s Concerto for Orchestra, Kleine Dreigroschenmusik, and The Age of Gold

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 75: Andrew Davis conducts The Last Night, with Gerald Finley & Jess Gillam
short description Prom 74: Handel’s Theodora conducted by Jonathan Cohen, with Louise Alder, Iestyn Davies & Ann Hallenberg
short description Prom 72: Peter Oundjian conducts Britten’s War Requiem
short description Prom 73: Before the Ending of the Day – Tallis Scholars & Peter Phillips
short description Prom 71: John Eliot Gardiner conducts Berlioz with Joyce DiDonato and Antoine Tamestit
short description Prom 70: Tango
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 8/Proms Chamber Music – Soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker with Alasdair Beatson
short description Prom 69: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons II – Shostakovich 4 – Baiba Skride plays Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade
short description Prom 68: Berliner Philharmoniker/Kirill Petrenko II – Richard Strauss & Beethoven
short description Prom 67: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons I – Mahler 3 with Susan Graham

CD Reviews

short description Johannes Brahms’s three Piano Quartets – Primrose Piano Quartet [Meridian]
short description The Choir of Westminster Abbey – James O’Donnell conducts Bairstow, Harris & Stanford [Hyperion]
short description Seiji Ozawa conducts Beethoven 9 [Mito Chamber Orchestra; Decca]
short description Gerald Finzi – By Footpath and Stile | Music for String Quartet – Finzi Quartet, Marcus Farnsworth, Robert Plane, Ruth Bolister [Resonus]
short description Alina Ibragimova & Cédric Tiberghien – Violin & Piano – Lili Boulanger, Franck, Vierne, Ysaÿe [Hyperion]
short description Juanjo Mena conducts Manuel de Falla’s La vida breve [BBC Philharmonic; Chandos]
short description Doric String Quartet plays Benjamin Britten’s three String Quartets and five Fantasias by Henry Purcell [Chandos]
short description Steven Osborne plays Beethoven – Piano Sonatas – Opuses 109, 110, 111 [Hyperion]
short description An English Coronation 1902-1953 – Edward VII 1902 | George V 1911 | George VI 1937 | Elizabeth II 1953 – Gabrieli | McCreesh | Simon Russell Beale [Signum Classics]
short description Thierry Fischer conducts Symphonies by Camille Saint-Saëns – in A-minor & Urbs Roma – and Danse macabre [Utah Symphony; Hyperion]

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 Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila [Showing on October 20]
short description The Power and the Glory – Kenneth Woods & English Symphony Orchestra, with Roman Kosyakov [Concert of Schumann, Sibelius and Liszt, 7 October 2018]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Verdi’s Aida with Anna Netrebko [Showing on October 6]
short description Feature LP Review: Speakers Corner, Analogphonic, Deutsche Grammophon and RCO Live – Sibelius/Oistrakh/Ormandy, Beethoven/Francescatti/Casadesus, Milstein/Pommers, Elman/Seiger, Fournier/Crowson, Dvořák/Janáček Quartet, Schubert/Rostropovich
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

Classical News

Franco Zeffirelli has died aged 96
Pianist Kirill Gerstein Consolidates Management Team
Chicago SO Musician Outlines the Players’ Successful Strike Strategy
Andris Poga & Stavanger Symphony
Bernard Haitink to Retire
Richard Strauss: Salome new edition announced for 2020
JOHN WILLIAMS joins forces with ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER for new movie-themed album
Royal Opera House: Arnold Rutkowski to sing Don José in Carmen on 16 and 20 July
Julie Felix is 81 today
Free Weekend of Music for Cheltenham Music Festival’s 75th anniversary
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