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Concert Reviews

short description The 23 String Orchestra & David Cutts @ Cadogan Hall – debut concert – Elgar, Shostakovich/Barshai, Janáček
short description The Royal Opera – Benoît Jacquot’s production of Massenet’s Werther – Juan Diego Flórez, Isabel Leonard, Jacques Imbrailo, Heather Engebretson; conducted by Edward Gardner
short description Stephen Waarts & Gabriele Carcano at Wigmore Hall – Fauré, Szymanowski, Bartók
short description Iestyn Davies Fortieth-Birthday Concert at Wigmore Hall – Handel – with The English Concert & Trevor Pinnock
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Messiaen’s Éclairs sur l’Au-delà
short description LSO – Opening Concert of 2019-20 season – Simon Rattle conducts Emily Howard’s Antisphere & William Walton’s First Symphony | Leila Josefowicz plays Colin Matthews’s Violin Concerto
short description BBC Philharmonic – Omer Meir Wellber plays & conducts Mozart, Schoenberg & Schumann – Jacob Reuven plays Vivaldi’s Summer on a mandolin [live BBC webcast]
short description Opening of Wigmore Hall 2019-20 season – Benjamin Britten song-cycles: Lullabies, Island, Sonnets, Proverbs – Alder, Baillieu, Clayton, Johnston, Newby
short description Berliner Philharmoniker – Peter Eötvös conducts Xenakis’s Shaar & Varèse’s Amériques – Isabelle Faust gives the German premiere of Eötvös’s Alhambra [live webcast]
short description NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester – Alan Gilbert conducts the opening concert of the 2019-20 season – Brahms 1, Unsuk Chin Frontispiece, Bernstein Jeremiah, Ives Unanswered Question, Varèse Amériques [ARTE Concert live webcast]

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 75: Sakari Oramo conducts The Last Night of the Proms, with Jamie Barton, BBC Singers, Symphony Chorus & Symphony Orchestra
short description Prom 72: Symphonie fantastique/orchestral theatre staging – Baynton/Aurora/Collon [1/2]
short description Prom 73: Symphonie fantastique/orchestral theatre staging – Baynton/Aurora/Collon [2/2]
short description Prom 71: Bach Night – Dunedin Consort & John Butt – J. S. Bach’s Four Orchestral Suites (BWV1066-1069) and four commissions: Muhly, Wishart, Robertson, MacRae
short description Prom 70: Jonny Greenwood, premiere of Horror vacui
short description Prom 68: Wagner Night – Marc Albrecht conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Christine Goerke & Stephen Gould
short description Prom 67: BBC Symphony Orchestra – Sakari Oramo conducts Night on Bare Mountain, Forest, and Sibelius 5 – Nora Fischer gives the UK premiere of Louis Andriessen’s The Only One
short description Prom 65: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen conducted by Constantinos Carydis with Danae Kontora – Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven
short description Prom 61: Vienna Philharmonic – Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts The Noonday Witch & New World Symphony – Leonidas Kavakos plays Korngold’s Violin Concerto
short description Proms at … Cadogan Hall/Proms Chamber Music 7: Silesian Quartet & Wojciech Świtała – Weinberg SQ7 & Bacewicz PQ1

CD Reviews

short description Alan Gilbert & NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester – Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony [Sony Classical]
short description Across the Stars – Anne-Sophie Mutter plays film music by John Williams – Dracula, Harry Potter, Schindler’s List, Star Wars [The Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles; Deutsche Grammophon]
short description LSO Live – John Eliot Gardiner conducts Schumann’s Symphonies 2 & 4 and Genoveva Overture
short description Joseph Nolan plays Charles-Marie Widor’s Complete Organ Works at La Madeleine Paris & other venues [Signum Classics]
short description Jürgen Bruns conducts music by Hanns Eisler [Capriccio]
short description The Single Rose – The Orlando Consort sings Guillaume de Machaut [Hyperion]
short description Rimma Sushanskaya conducts Mozart – Figaro Overture, PC21 K467 (John Lenehan), Exsultate K165 (Grace Davidson), Symphony 40 [Guild]
short description Riccardo Chailly conducts the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in Richard Strauss – Zarathustra, Tod, Till, Salome [Decca]
short description Kenneth Woods conducts David Matthews – Symphony 9, Variations, Double Concerto [Nimbus Alliance]
short description Ivo Pogorelich plays Piano Sonatas by Beethoven and Rachmaninov [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 Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: David McVicar's production of Puccini’s Tosca with Yoncheva, Grigolo & Lučić [Showing on January 27]
short description Feature Review: From ICA Classics – BBC Legends box sets and Guido Cantelli, Herbert von Karajan, Otto Klemperer
short description The music of Geraldine Mucha – a Prague concert and an Arco Diva recording
short description Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017)
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 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]

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