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Concert Reviews

short description Kensington Symphony Orchestra/Russell Keable at St John’s Smith Square – Joan Tower, Leonard Bernstein, John Adams’s Doctor Atomic Symphony, William Schuman's Third
short description LSO – Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider conducts Smetana’s Má vlast
short description John Eliot Gardiner conducts Berlioz at Carnegie Hall with Lucile Richardot and Antoine Tamestit
short description Southbank Sinfonia/Alexander Walker at Cadogan Hall – Dvořák 8 – Alda Dizdari plays Elgar
short description Berliner Philharmoniker/Jakub Hrůša – The Golden Spinning Wheel & Taras Bulba – Frank Peter Zimmerman plays Martinů [live webcast]
short description Welsh National Opera at New Theatre Oxford – Prokofiev’s War and Peace; directed by David Pountney; conducted by Tomáš Hanus
short description Glyndebourne Tour 2018 – Massenet’s Cendrillon – Alix Le Saux, Eléonore Pancrazi, William Dazeley, Agnes Zwierko, Caroline Wettergreen; directed by Fiona Shaw; conducted by Duncan Ward
short description Pascal Dusapin's Passion at Queen Elizabeth Hall
short description London Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra – Jérémie Rhorer conducts Poulenc’s Stabat Mater & Orff’s Carmina Burana
short description Glyndebourne Tour 2018 – Tom Cairns’s production of Verdi’s La traviata – Mané Galoyan, Emanuele D’Aguanno, Noel Bouley; conducted by Christoph Altstaedt

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 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)
short description Yeol Eum Son plays Mozart in C, including Piano Concerto K467 conducted by Neville Marriner [Onyx]
short description Charles Gounod mélodies – Tassis Christoyannis & Jeff Cohen [Aparte]
short description Escape – Sophie Webber plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six Cello Suites [Gimpy Records]

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 Montserrat Caballé – 12 April 1933-6 October 2018
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila [Showing on October 20]
short description The Power and the Glory – Kenneth Woods & English Symphony Orchestra, with Roman Kosyakov [Concert of Schumann, Sibelius and Liszt, 7 October 2018]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Verdi’s Aida with Anna Netrebko [Showing on October 6]
short description Feature LP Review: Speakers Corner, Analogphonic, Deutsche Grammophon and RCO Live – Sibelius/Oistrakh/Ormandy, Beethoven/Francescatti/Casadesus, Milstein/Pommers, Elman/Seiger, Fournier/Crowson, Dvořák/Janáček Quartet, Schubert/Rostropovich
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

Classical News

Musical America announces 2019 Awards: Daniil Trifonov Named Artist of the Year
Metropolitan Opera Cast Change Advisory: Tosca
Richard Alston Dance Company announces its Sadler’s Wells season, Quartermark [1 & 2 March 2019]
Renowned music festival returns to Birmingham
Roman Rabinovich continues Haydn love affair with new recording series
Minimalist Dream House [9 April 2019, Barbican Hall]
Stephen Kovacevich is 78 today
Michael Eavis is 81 today
Big break for BSO conductor: Marta Gardolińska, steps in at short notice to conduct the Orchestra in Poole and Portsmouth
Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen: George Petrou becomes new Artistic Director as of 2021/22 Festival season
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