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Concert Reviews

short description English National Opera stages Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem; directed by Daniel Kramer; designed by Wolfgang Tillmans; conducted by Martyn Brabbins
short description L’invitation au Voyage – Sarah Connolly, James Newby & Joseph Middleton at Wigmore Hall
short description Philharmonia Orchestra – John Wilson conducts Richard Rodney Bennett & Walton – Louis Schwizgebel plays Gershwin
short description The Royal Opera – Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra – Carlos Álvarez, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Hrachuhi Bassenz; directed by Elijah Moshinsky; conducted by Henrik Nánási
short description Die Stadt ohne Juden – 1924 film with music by Olga Neuwirth
short description BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra – Martyn Brabbins conducts Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D – Pavel Kolesnikov plays Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto
short description Royal Academy of Music – Handel’s Semele – Lina Dambrauskaitė, Ryan Williams, Frances Gregory, Olivia Warburton; directed by Olivia Fuchs; conducted by Laurence Cummings
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Oleg Caetani conducts Hymne & Symphonie fantastique – Roberto Prosseda plays Gounod’s Concerto for Pedal Piano
short description LSO – François-Xavier Roth conducts Faune & Zarathustra – Jean-Guihen Queyras plays Dvořák
short description Mark Bebbington at St John’s Smith Square – Pianograms I: Scenes from the opera, plus Sonatas by Schubert & Scarlatti

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 75: Andrew Davis conducts The Last Night, with Gerald Finley & Jess Gillam
short description Prom 74: Handel’s Theodora conducted by Jonathan Cohen, with Louise Alder, Iestyn Davies & Ann Hallenberg
short description Prom 72: Peter Oundjian conducts Britten’s War Requiem
short description Prom 73: Before the Ending of the Day – Tallis Scholars & Peter Phillips
short description Prom 71: John Eliot Gardiner conducts Berlioz with Joyce DiDonato and Antoine Tamestit
short description Prom 70: Tango
short description Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 8/Proms Chamber Music – Soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker with Alasdair Beatson
short description Prom 69: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons II – Shostakovich 4 – Baiba Skride plays Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade
short description Prom 68: Berliner Philharmoniker/Kirill Petrenko II – Richard Strauss & Beethoven
short description Prom 67: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons I – Mahler 3 with Susan Graham

CD Reviews

short description Handel’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day – Carolyn Sampson & Ian Bostridge with Dunedin Consort & John Butt [Linn]
short description Handel – Sonatas for Violin and Basso Continuo – The Brook Street Band [Avie]
short description Steven Isserlis & Dénes Várjon play Chopin’s Cello Sonata & Schubert’s Arpeggione, Franchomme, Song transcriptions [Hyperion]
short description Six Evolutions – Yo-Yo Ma plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six Cello Suites [Sony Classical]
short description Andrew Davis conducts Gerald Finzi, with Paul Watkins and Louis Lortie [BBC Symphony Orchestra; Chandos]
short description Orchestral Music by Ruth Gipps including Symphonies 2 & 4 – BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Rumon Gamba [Chandos]
short description Mendelssohn String Quartets, Volume One – Doric String Quartet [Chandos]
short description The Genius of Film Music – Hollywood Blockbusters 1980s to 2000s – Star Wars, Chariots of Fire, Sophie’s Choice. The Mission, Il Postino, Twin Peaks, Mulan, Gladiator, Raiders of the Lost Ark – London Philharmonic Orchestra/Dirk Brossé [LPO own label]
short description Jeux, Melodien, Schlagobers – Suisse Romande Orchestra/Jonathan Nott [PentaTone]
short description Reicha Rediscovered, Volume 2 – Ivan Ilić (Chandos)

SoundBite60 Reviews

  Fantasía – Maximiliano Martín & Inocencio Negrín
  Haydn 24 Minuets
  Sting/Dowland: Songs from the Labyrinth
  Gounod Symphonies
  Chopin/Cortot
  Tales of Beatrix Potter

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 Riccardo Chailly in London
short description Alan Bush - 100th anniversary
short description Doing it in Styles
short description Postcard from Risor
short description Sibelius’s Echo
short description Philadelphia Orchestra on Tour

Classical News

That's All, Folks! ... DSO will perform Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II, conducted by George Daugherty, November 30-December 2
WQXR Presents Scott Joplin at 150: Live Webcast from The Greene Space, Marking 150th Anniversary of King of Ragtime (November 29)
Baltimore Sun’s Sole Music & Theater Critic Exits
Huge Void at the Top Looms for Bay Area Arts Groups
Girls' Night Out at National Sawdust, as Joan Tower Turns 80
Surprise! Trumps Will Skip KenCen Honors. Again.
Ken-David Masur to Milwaukee Symphony
No winner in the VII International Jorma Panula Conducting Competition
Victoria Bond's opera about Clara Schumann is the centerpiece of the 2019 Berlin Philharmonic Easter Festival
Kirckman Concert Society Young Artists Series at St John's Smith Square
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