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Concert Reviews

short description Richard Goode at Wigmore Hall
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Debussy & Enescu – Leonidas Kavakos plays Brahms [London concert one, December 16]
short description Westminster Philharmonic at St John’s Waterloo – Jonathan Butcher conducts world premiere of David Hackbridge Johnson’s Ninth Symphony – Florian Mitrea plays Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto
short description The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall – Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos
short description The Royal Opera – Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel – Hanna Hipp & Jennifer Davis; directed by Antony McDonald; conducted by Sebastian Weigle
short description 33rd Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square: Christmas Music by Candlelight – Ex Cathedra
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Bartók, Szymanowski, Stravinsky, Bernstein – Katia & Marielle Labèque play Osvaldo Golijov’s Nazareno
short description New Adventures at Sadler's Wells – Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake
short description LSO – Marin Alsop conducts Leonard Bernstein’s Candide – Leonardo Capalbo, Jane Archibald, Anne Sofie von Otter, Thomas Allen; directed by Garnett Bruce
short description Philharmonia Orchestra – Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage & Enigma Variations – Piotr Anderszewski plays Mozart K491

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 David Hackbridge Johnson Orchestral Music, Volume One – Symphony No.9 – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Paul Mann [Toccata Classics]
short description Andrew Davis conducts Gustav Holst – Orchestral Works Volume 4 [BBC Philharmonic; Chandos]
short description Parry premiere recordings – Symphony 4 original, Proserpine, Suite moderne – BBCNOW/Rumon Gamba [Chandos]
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]

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 Leonard Slatkin on John Adams
short description “The first memento mori - I’ll check my pulse”
short description “What, with my name?” - A conversation with John Adams
short description A Fantasy Come True - Jonathan Haas in conversation
short description Music as Sound - Magnus Lindberg Interview
short description Lang Lang in conversation...
short description Carl Nielsen Symposium
short description Leonard Slatkin on Britten’s War Requiem
short description Gramophone Awards 2001
short description A more open Barbican…

Classical News

CBeebies & BBC Proms
Alice Frank is 100 today
Longtime UMich Strings Prof on Leave, Accused of Sexual Misconduct
Three Female Conductors Sign to New Management
Levine Andrade dies aged 64
Orchestra of St. Luke’s 2019 winter-spring season
The National Orchestra for All announces search for Young Composer in Residence for its 2019-2020 Season
WaPo Takes Up Pay Discrimination in American Orchestras
Juilliard School Names New VP and Advancement Chief
UMich Drops the M-Prize
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