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Concert Reviews

short description Chelsea Opera Group at Cadogan Hall – Rimsky-Korsakov’s Christmas Eve
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra – Total Immersion: Esa-Pekka Salonen ... BBC Singers, Nicholas Chalmers, Anu Komsi & Piia Komsi, Nicholas Daniel, Sakari Oramo
short description Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert Blomstedt – Bruckner 3 – Maria João Pires plays Mozart K488 [live webcast]
short description Les Arts Florissants & William Christie at Barbican Hall – Monteverdi
short description Music from Film Noir at Royal Festival Hall – BBC Concert Orchestra/Robert Ziegler, with Hannah Waddingham, presented by Mark Kermode
short description Philadelphia Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Carnegie Hall – Powder Her Face & Sibelius 1 – Hilary Hahn plays Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade
short description LSO/Nikolaj Znaider – Mozart Violin Concertos K211/K216 & Tchaikovsky ‘Pathétique’ Symphony
short description Philharmonia Orchestra – Finnish Independence – Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Sibelius – Finlandia & Lemminkäinen Legends with Vilde Frang playing the Violin Concerto
short description Sinfonietta plays Stockhausen – Tierkreis & Trans – Pascal Rophé conducts London Sinfonietta & Manson Ensemble
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra – Finland Awakes! – Sakari Oramo conducts Sibelius 1 & Press Celebrations Music and Guy Johnston plays Cantique and Devotion

BBC Proms Reviews

short description Prom 50: CBSO/Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla – Leonore No.3 & Beethoven’s Fifth, Leila Josefowicz plays Stravinsky, and Allan Clayton premieres Gerald Barry’s Canada
short description Prom 47: Reformation Day 1 – Bach’s Little Organ Book past and present – Robert Quinney & William Whitehead at Royal Albert Hall organ
short description Prom 48: Reformation Day 2 – A Patchwork Passion – BBC Singers & City of London Sinfonia conducted by Sofi Jeannin
short description Prom 49: Reformation Day 3 – J. S. Bach’s St John Passion with the Dunedin Ensemble and John Butt
short description Prom 46: Simon Rattle conducts the LSO in Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, with Simon O'Neill, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Karen Cargill, Christopher Purves, Peter Hoare, Thomas Quasthoff
short description Prom 45: Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, dedicated to the memory of Jiří Bělohlávek
short description Prom 43: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Charles Dutoit conducts Falla’s El amor brujo & Saint-Saëns’s Third Symphony – Joshua Bell plays Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole
short description Prom 44: Bang on a Can All-Stars – Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Philip Glass, Louis Andriessen
short description Prom 42: François-Xavier Roth conducts Les Siècles – Saint-Saëns, Delibes, Franck, Lalo – Cédric Tiberghien plays the Egyptian Piano Concerto & Les Djinns
short description Prom 40: Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Robin Ticciati – Tragic Overture, Nocturne Insomnia, Rhenish Symphony – Christian Tetzlaff plays Berg’s Violin Concerto

CD Reviews

short description Leif Ove Andsnes plays Sibelius [Sony Classical]
short description Kirill Karabits conducts Kara Karayev – Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra [Chandos]
short description Vaughan Williams’s London Symphony – BBC Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins [Hyperion]
short description Mozart Piano Concertos & Divertimentos – Jean-Efflam Bavouzet/Manchester Camerata/Gábor Takács-Nagy [Chandos]
short description Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.2 (plus) – Jack Liebeck with BBC Scottish SO & Martyn Brabbins [Hyperion: The Romantic Violin Concerto – 21]
short description Saint Thomas Choir/John Scott – Duruflé’s & Howells’s Requiems [Resonus Classics]
short description The Romantic Piano Concerto – 73: Simon Callaghan plays Roger Sacheverell Coke [BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins; Hyperion]
short description Sir Richard Rodney Bennett Orchestral Works Volume 1 – BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/John Wilson, with Colin Currie [Chandos]
short description Reicha Rediscovered, Volume 1 – Ivan Ilić [Chandos]
short description Louis Frémaux – The Complete CBSO Recordings [Warner 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 Overture and Beginners Please [book review]
short description Divas: Mathilde Marchesi and Her Pupils [book review]
short description Feature Review: Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts 2017
short description Barbara Cook (1927-2017) – An Appreciation
short description A guitar threesome – recordings of music by Antoine Lhoyer, Johann Kaspar Mertz, and Schubert Songs
short description A Tanglewood Diary – July 7-16, 2017 – Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, Anne-Sophie Mutter, John Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Stephen Sondheim, Resurrection Symphony, Das Rheingold, Daniil Trifonov, The Knights…
short description Better Heard Than Seen – The Fhadikistania Conducting Competition, written by Leonard Slatkin
short description They’re Off and Flying, a piano competition in the future, a stellar speculation by Leonard Slatkin
short description Feature Review: English Haydn Festival 2017 [June 7-11]
short description Ancient and modern: one day at Aldeburgh [10 June 2017]

Classical News

Ermonela Jaho in 2017
A Night for Celebrating: MA Awards, 2018 Version
WNYC, Classical WQXR Get $10 Million
Festival d'Aix-en-Provence [July 2018]
Ludlow English Song Weekend [April 2018]
Calgary Philharmonic, free access to music education
Joseph Calleja, Verdi, Decca
Conductor Mariss Jansons, “one of the greatest musicians of our day”, awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal
The New York Philharmonic’s 175th Birthday Is Today
Llŷr Williams to release 12-CD box set of Beethoven’s piano music
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