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Concert Reviews

short description Philharmonia Orchestra – Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage & Enigma Variations – Piotr Anderszewski plays Mozart K491
short description London Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra – Stravinsky – Vladimir Jurowski conducts Aldous Huxley Variations & Threni, and Berio’s Sinfonia with The Swingles
short description Nash Ensemble & Roderick Williams at Wigmore Hall – German Romantics – Bruch, Brahms, Beethoven, Mendelssohn
short description Sibelius Birthday Concert from Helsinki – Finlandia, Nightride and Sunrise – Helsinki Philharmonic/Lawrence Renes with Ari Vilhjálmsson – Jaakko Kuusisto, Janáček [live webcast]
short description Mitsuko Uchida plays Schubert Piano Sonatas at Royal Festival Hall – 2 – D537, D840, D960
short description Philharmonia Orchestra – Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducts Richard Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier & Alpine Symphony – Sophie Bevan sings Four Last Songs
short description Endellion String Quartet & Friends at Wigmore Hall – Bach, Mozart, Barber, Beethoven – Celebrating Neil Black
short description New York Philharmonic/Jaap van Zweden with Matthias Goerne
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Vladimir Jurowski conducts Freischütz & Bruckner 2 – Alena Baeva plays Tchaikovsky
short description Mitsuko Uchida plays Schubert Piano Sonatas at Royal Festival Hall – 1 – D568, D784, D959

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 66: Berliner Philharmoniker/Kirill Petrenko I – Paul Dukas & Franz Schmidt – Yuja Wang plays Prokofiev
short description Proms at … Alexandra Palace Theatre – Jane Glover conducts Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury
short description Prom 65: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Semyon Bychkov – La valse, Berio’s Sinfonia, The Rite of Spring
short description Prom 65a: Youssou Ndour & Le Super Étoile de Dakar
short description Prom 64: London Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra – Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts Verdi’s Requiem
short description Prom 62: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko – Elgar & Bartók – Adela Zaharia gives premiere of Iain Bell’s Aurora, Miah Persson sings Richard Strauss
short description Prom 63: András Schiff plays Book Two of J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier
short description Prom 61: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin – Bruckner 4 – Yefim Bronfman plays Liszt
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 7/Proms Chamber Music – Leonard Bernstein on Broadway and Beyond – Wallis Giunta & Michael Sikich ... La bonne cuisine ... Crčme Brűlée on a Tree
short description Prom 60: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet – Bernstein & Shostakovich

CD Reviews

short description Liszt – The Complete Songs, Volume 5 – Allan Clayton & Julius Drake [Hyperion]
short description Antoine de Févin – Missa Ave Maria & Missa Salve sancta parens – The Brabant Ensemble/Stephen Rice [Hyperion]
short description Bach – Benjamin Appl & Concerto Köln [Sony Classical]
short description Andrew Davis conducts Edward Elgar – The Music Makers & The Spirit of England – BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra [Chandos]
short description Heinz Holliger conducts Schubert – Symphony 9 & Die Zauberharfe [Basel Chamber Orchestra; Sony Classical]
short description A Walk with Ivor Gurney – Tenebrae/Nigel Short, Aurora Orchestra, Sarah Connolly, Simon Callow [Signum Classics]
short description John Wilson conducts Copland Orchestral Works 4 – Symphony 3, Connotations [BBC Philharmonic; Chandos]
short description Saint-Saëns Piano Concertos, Volume 1 – Concertos 1, 2 & 4 – Louis Lortie/BBC Philharmonic/Edward Gardner [Chandos]
short description Leslie Howard – Liszt – New Discoveries Volume 4: Ręves et fantaisies [Hyperion]
short description JoAnn Falletta conducts Franz Schreker [Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Naxos]

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 Beatbugs and hyperinstruments – A new Toy Symphony
short description Slatkin and the NSO - On the Road (and in the sky) again
short description Yevgeny Svetlanov
short description Slatkin and the NSO on the road
short description “I try not to have too many dreams”
short description The Saul Seminars - Mitsuko Uchida
short description Whatever Happened To Alberich?
short description Leonard Slatkin - Bernstein’s three symphonies
short description Musicians in Concorde: Mark Levy & William Lawes
short description Leonard Slatkin on John Adams

Classical News

Musikfest Berlin 2019: Three orchestras from London will present works by Hector Berlioz, Olivier Messiaen, Louis Andriessen, Olga Neuwirth and others
Special exhibition and concert celebrates over 1,000 intimate musician portraits by Milein Cosman at Royal College of Music Museum
Stephanie Blythe to Succeed Dawn Upshaw at Bard
Osmo Vänskä Will Leave the Minnesota Orchestra
A Celebration Fit for a Prince: RWCMD’s Royal Performance for His Royal Highness
Joyce DiDonato
Max Richter: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Mary Queen of Scots
Zubin Mehta will conduct Otello at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden and in Berlin in April 2019 stepping in for Daniele Gatti
Roland Kluttig to become principal conductor of the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra and Graz Opera from 2020/21
Vasily Petrenko and the Oslo Philharmonic celebrate acclaimed Norwegian orchestra’s centenary year with major UK tour (6-10 March 2019)
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