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Concert Reviews

short description George Li at St John’s Smith Square – Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Liszt
short description London Handel Festival – Acis and Galatea – Nick Pritchard & Lucy Page; directed by Martin Parr; conducted by Laurence Cummings
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Stravinsky – Vladimir Jurowski conducts Sleeping Beauty & Fairy’s Kiss, Daniil Trifonov plays Tchaikovsky
short description Kuss Quartet at Wigmore Hall – Haydn – Joke, Frog
short description English National Opera – Verdi’s La traviata – Claudia Boyle, Lukhanyo Moyake, Alan Opie; directed by Daniel Kramer; conducted by Leo McFall
short description SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart at Cadogan Hall – Roger Norrington conducts Beethoven – Prometheus, Eroica, with Francesco Piemontesi in Piano Concerto 3
short description Haydn’s Applausus – Classical Opera/Ian Page at Cadogan Hall
short description European premiere of Sondheim on Sondheim – BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart
short description The Royal Ballet – Leonard Bernstein Centenary – Yugen; The Age of Anxiety; Corybantic Games
short description Heath Quartet & Nils Mönkemeyer at Wigmore Hall – Haydn, Widmann, Bruckner

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 Adam Laloum plays Brahms’s two Piano Concertos [Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Kazuki Yamada; Sony Classical]
short description George Li – Live at the Mariinsky [Warner Classics]
short description Brahms – The Four Symphonies – Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Robin Ticciati [Linn]
short description Schubert’s Winterreise – Florian Boesch & Roger Vignoles [Hyperion]
short description John Jenkins – Complete Four-Part Consort Music – Fretwork [Signum Classics]
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Aldo Ciccolini plays Piano Concertos by Mozart & Rachmaninov conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin [LPO own label]
short description Stephen Layton conducts Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B-minor [Trinity College Choir & OAE; Hyperion]
short description Denis Matsuev plays Piano Concertos by Prokofiev & Rachmaninov conducted by Valery Gergiev [Mariinsky]
short description Martin Helmchen plays Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations [Alpha Classics]
short description The Romantic Piano Concerto – 74: Howard Shelley plays William Sterndale Bennett [BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; 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 The Final Frontier (Max's Ultimate Symphony)
short description The Royal Festival Hall – 50 Glorious Years
short description BBC Proms 2001
short description Ben Zander: Mahler 6 and the Philharmonia
short description Leonard Slatkin previews his 11 March BBCSO concert
short description At his Fingertips...
short description Bohemian Spring Preview
short description Henze: voice for today
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra Preview
short description The Art of Accompaniment

Classical News

Barbican announces Jóhann Jóhannsson's Last and First Men will go ahead as tribute to composer
John Joubert is 91 today
Vera Lynn is 101 today
My Melodies – World première of a new orchestral work by Helmut Lachenmann performed by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra as part of Bavarian Radio’s musica viva concert series
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra announces appointment of David Burbidge CBE DL as Chair
Genesis Foundation to present first ever concert live-streaming from the Sistine Chapel
Ennio Morricone O2
Stephen Sondheim is 88 today
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s opening marks a new beginning for UK music education
Anselm Rose to become new general manager of the Rundfunk Orchester und Chöre GmbH Berlin (roc berlin)
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