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Concert Reviews

short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Janáček & Sibelius – Janine Jansen plays Szymanowski
short description Classical Opera at Wigmore Hall – Ian Page conducts Bastien und Bastienne & La Passione
short description LSO – Simon Rattle conducts Dvořák & Janáček, and Britten’s Spring Symphony
short description Ian Bostridge & Thomas Adès at Wigmore Hall – Schubert’s Winterreise
short description LSO opening concert of 2018-19 season – Simon Rattle conducts Birtwistle, Holst, Turnage, Britten
short description Berliner Philharmoniker/François-Xavier Roth – Stravinsky, Debussy, Ligeti – Carolin Widmann plays Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Violin Concerto [live webcast]
short description Welsh National Opera – Prokofiev’s War and Peace; directed by David Pountney; conducted by Tomáš Hanus
short description Elisabeth Leonskaja at Wigmore Hall – Mozart, Schoenberg, Webern
short description Natalia Osipova at Sadler’s Wells – Pure Dance
short description Berliner Philharmoniker/George Benjamin – Boulez, Ligeti – with Cédric Tiberghien playing Ravel [live webcast]

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 Richard Arnell: Complete Music for Violin and Piano + Stanley Bate’s Sonata No.1 – Patrick Wastnage & Elizabeth Dunn [Toccata Classics]
short description Antonio Pappano conducts Leonard Bernstein’s Three Symphonies – Jeremiah, Age of Anxiety, Kaddish – Prelude, Fugue & Riffs [Lemieux, Rana, Sierra, Barstow, Carbonare; Santa Cecilia; Warner Classics]
short description Martyn Brabbins conducts Vaughan Williams’s Sea Symphony [BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra; Hyperion]
short description ORR Live at the Concertgebouw – John Eliot Gardiner conducts Schubert & Brahms [Soli Deo Gloria]
short description Owain Park Choral Works – The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge/Stephen Layton [Hyperion]
short description Steven Osborne plays Rachmaninov’s Études-tableaux [Hyperion]
short description Vivaldi x2 – Double Concertos played by La Serenissima [Avie]
short description Russian National Orchestra – Mikhail Pletnev conducts Shostakovich – Symphonies 4 & 10 [PentaTone]
short description Mike Batt conducts The Planets & Pomp and Circumstance [Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Guild]
short description Rachmaninov – Symphony No.3 & Symphonic Dances – Philharmonia Orchestra/Vladimir Ashkenazy [Signum]

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 Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts [August 2018]
short description Inge Borkh: 26 May 1921-26 August 2018
short description Wonderfeel 2018
short description A few memories of Oliver Knussen: 12 June 1952–8 July 2018
short description Glasperlenspiel Music Festival 2018
short description A Tanglewood Diary, 6-15 July 2018 – Andris Nelsons conducts Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial
short description Understanding Lenny through his Music, by Leonard Slatkin
short description Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – A postscript – New music for piano from Philip Cashian & Harrison Birtwistle
short description How Shostakovich Changed My Mind, by Stephen Johnson [book review]
short description Feature Review – English Haydn Festival 2018 [June 6-10]

Classical News

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The Royal Opera House announces opening Season for the new Linbury Theatre
Handel’s Divas: London Handel Festival celebrates the women who inspired and sang Handel’s music [27 March-29 April 2019]
Askonas Holt creates new leadership position, Director, Global Head of Strategy & Innovation, appointing Sean Michael Gross
Snape Maltings’ Britten Weekend: The String Quartets 19-21 October 2018
DSO new musicians
Spitalfields Music launches 2018 Festival
The Royal Opera House lets everyone in on the act
Bach 333: BIGGEST COMPOSER BOX SET EVER!
Glyndebourne Junior Artists get to work at start of new school year
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