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Concert Reviews

short description Vertavo String Quartet at Wigmore Hall – Haydn
short description Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/James Feddeck at Lighthouse – Four Sea Interludes & Death and Transfiguration – Daniel Müller-Schott plays Dvořák
short description William Whitehead at Royal Festival Hall organ
short description Orchestra of the Royal Opera House – Antonio Pappano conducts Metamorphosen & Enigma Variations, Christian Gerhaher sings Frank Martin & Shostakovich
short description The Metropolitan Opera – Bartlett Sher’s production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette – Ailyn Pérez & Andrea Shin; conducted by Plácido Domingo
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts The Rose Lake & Mahler 10
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Stravinsky – Vladimir Jurowski conducts Ode, and Falik & Hillborg, Gil Shaham plays Beethoven
short description Malta International Music Festival/Armenian Cultural Days in Malta – Armenian State Symphony Orchestra/Sergey Smbatyan – Rachmaninov – Nikolai Lugansky plays Paganini Rhapsody
short description Alina Ibragimova & Cédric Tiberghien play Brahms’s Three Violin Sonatas at Wigmore Hall
short description Colin Currie & Nicolas Hodges at Queen Elizabeth Hall – Birtwistle, Feldman, Stockhausen

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 41: Passages by Philip Glass & Ravi Shankar – Anoushka Shankar & Britten Sinfonia conducted by Karen Kamensek
short description Prom 39: Kazushi Ono conducts Debussy’s Faune & Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Hibiki – Inon Barnatan plays Ravel
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall, PCM5 – Shostakovich – Alexander Melnikov & Latvian Radio Choir
short description Prom 37: Rachmaninov – Thomas Dausgaard conducts Symphony 2 & Alexander Gavrylyuk plays Piano Concerto 3 – Latvian Radio Choir sings Russian Orthodox chant
short description Prom 38: Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil (Vespers) – Latvian Radio Choir conducted by Sigvards Kļava
short description Prom 36: Thomas Dausgaard conducts Symphonies by Schubert (Unfinished) & Mahler (Tenth)
short description Proms at ... Southwark Cathedral – Palestrina & Judith Weir – BBC Singers & Nash Ensemble conducted by David Hill
short description Prom 34: John Wilson conducts Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! [matinee performance]
short description Prom 35: John Wilson conducts Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! [evening performance]
short description Prom 33: BBC Philharmonic/John Storgårds – Peer Gynt, Karelia Suite, Mathis der Maler – Lise Davidsen sings Sibelius’s Luonnotar & Alban Gerhardt plays Schumann’s Cello Concerto

CD Reviews

short description Michael Collins plays Crusell’s Clarinet Concertos [Swedish Chamber Orchestra; Chandos]
short description Yevgeny Sudbin plays Rachmaninov – Piano Concertos 2 & 3 – BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo [BIS]
short description Karl Böhm conducts Le nozze di Figaro, Royal Festival Hall 1954 [ICA Classics]
short description Murray Perahia plays Beethoven – Hammerklavier & Moonlight Sonatas [Deutsche Grammophon]
short description Andrew Davis conducts Arthur Bliss – The Beatitudes [BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra; Chandos]
short description The Gesualdo Six – English Motets [Hyperion]
short description Thomas Dausgaard conducts Brahms – Symphony 2, Haydn Variations [Swedish Chamber Orchestra; BIS]
short description Handel’s Last Prima Donna: Giulia Frasi in London – Ruby Hughes/OAE/Laurence Cummings [Chandos Chaconne]
short description Krystian Zimerman plays Schubert – Piano Sonatas D959 & D960 [Deutsche Grammophon]
short description Sir Thomas Beecham & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra [ICA Classics]

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 Take Four...
short description Deirdre Gribbin - in conversation...
short description Alfred Brendel - Then and Now
short description Go East Young Man - Jenni Roditi talks about her opera Spirit Child
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...

Classical News

Bernstein anniversary celebrated in Scotland in style: The life of one of the greatest musical figures of the 20th Century is celebrated by the RSNO
Dignity at work: ISM releases report on discrimination in the music sector
Pärnu Music Festival
Kathryn McDowell CBE, DL awarded the ISM’s Distinguished Musician Award 2017
Livia Gollancz dies aged 97
Snape Proms 2018: 1 – 31 August
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 2018-2019 Season Announced
The Royal Wedding / Decca Records
Cast change: Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne Festival 2018
Cancellation: Murray Perahia/Barbican recital on 21 June 2018, Barbican
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