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Concert Reviews

short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Stravinsky – Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts Apollon musagète, Schubert 3, and Peter Donohoe plays Capriccio and Weber’s Konzertstück
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra – Sakari Oramo conducts This Midnight Hour & Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony – Vilde Frang plays Britten’s Violin Concerto
short description Schubert Ensemble at Wigmore Hall – Chausson, Schubert’s Trout Quintet, Judith Weir
short description Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Litton at Lighthouse – Outdoor Overture & Pathétique Symphony – Stefan Jackiw plays Korngold
short description George Li at St John’s Smith Square – Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Liszt
short description London Handel Festival – Acis and Galatea – Nick Pritchard & Lucy Page; directed by Martin Parr; conducted by Laurence Cummings
short description Soraya Mafi & Graham Johnson at Wigmore Hall – The Lure of the East
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Stravinsky – Vladimir Jurowski conducts Sleeping Beauty & Fairy’s Kiss, Daniil Trifonov plays Tchaikovsky
short description Kuss Quartet at Wigmore Hall – Haydn – Joke, Frog
short description English National Opera – Verdi’s La traviata – Claudia Boyle, Lukhanyo Moyake, Alan Opie; directed by Daniel Kramer; conducted by Leo McFall

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 Adam Laloum plays Brahms’s two Piano Concertos [Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Kazuki Yamada; Sony Classical]
short description George Li – Live at the Mariinsky [Warner Classics]
short description Brahms – The Four Symphonies – Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Robin Ticciati [Linn]
short description Schubert’s Winterreise – Florian Boesch & Roger Vignoles [Hyperion]
short description John Jenkins – Complete Four-Part Consort Music – Fretwork [Signum Classics]
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Aldo Ciccolini plays Piano Concertos by Mozart & Rachmaninov conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin [LPO own label]
short description Stephen Layton conducts Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B-minor [Trinity College Choir & OAE; Hyperion]
short description Denis Matsuev plays Piano Concertos by Prokofiev & Rachmaninov conducted by Valery Gergiev [Mariinsky]
short description Martin Helmchen plays Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations [Alpha Classics]
short description The Romantic Piano Concerto – 74: Howard Shelley plays William Sterndale Bennett [BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Hyperion]

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 New World Symphony in Florida: Michael Tilson Thomas, Leif Ove Andsnes, Jeannette Sorrell [February & March 2018]
short description Feature Review: Speakers Corner, Tacet and Analogphonic LPs – Brahms/Dvořák/Reiner, Vivaldi/Daskalakis, Mendelssohn/Haendel/Martzy/Müller-Kray, Brahms/Martzy/Wand, Paganini/Ricci, Milstein, Sarasate/Campoli, Bartók/Julliard, Bartók/Stern/Bernstein...
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Rossini’s Semiramide [Showing on March 10]
short description In praise of Philip Sawyers’s Violin Concerto
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Puccini’s La bohème [Showing on February 24]
short description Feature Review – New World Symphony’s New Works: Michael Tilson Thomas conducts…
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore [Showing on February 10]
short description Feature Review – BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion: Leonard Bernstein [January 27]
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2017-18: David McVicar's production of Puccini’s Tosca with Yoncheva, Grigolo & Lučić [Showing on January 27]
short description Feature Review: From ICA Classics – BBC Legends box sets and Guido Cantelli, Herbert von Karajan, Otto Klemperer

Classical News

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s opening marks a new beginning for UK music education
Anselm Rose to become new general manager of the Rundfunk Orchester und Chöre GmbH Berlin (roc berlin)
Teachout to Gelb: Resign or Release the Full Report
James Levine Sues the Metropolitan Opera for Defamation and Breach of Contract
Louisville Orchestra and Teddy Abrams unveil 2018-19 season
Teresa Berganza to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Opera Awards 2018 sponsored by Mazars
BBC Young Musician
James Levine, a further statement from the Met
Third London Piano Festival announced, commemorating the centenary of Debussy’s death with performances by Ingrid Fliter, Stephen Kovacevich, Alexandra Dariescu, Konstantin Lifschitz and more [October 2018]
Edinburgh International Festival 2018 Programme Announced
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