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Concert Reviews

short description Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Lisa Batiashvili & Gautier Capuçon at Barbican Hall – Shostakovich, Ravel, Mendelssohn
short description BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recital at Wigmore Hall – Jonathan Biss plays Haydn & Schumann
short description Symphony of Sorrowful Songs
short description [email protected] – Marin Alsop conducts Tallis Fantasia & German Requiem
short description LSO – François-Xavier Roth conducts Lontano, Cantata profana and Nelson Mass
short description Oratorio Society of New York/Kent Tritle at Carnegie Hall – Górecki, Szymanowski, Vaughan Williams
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra – Vladimir Jurowski conducts Debussy, Janáček’s The Eternal Gospel, Stravinsky, and the premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Triumph to Exist
short description Cédric Tiberghien at Wigmore Hall – Armistice Recital
short description New York Philharmonic/Iván Fischer with Miah Persson & Anthony McGill – Schubert & Beethoven
short description Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Cristian Măcelaru conducts Carnival Overture & Andrew Norman’s Play – Emanuel Ax plays Beethoven [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 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)
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]

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 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]
short description Feature Review: Beethoven's Nine Symphonies on LP – Berliner Philharmoniker/Simon Rattle
short description Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – June 9, An Aldeburgh Aperitif – Orsino Ensemble and Phantasm
short description Feature Review: Britten, Bernstein and America – two concerts with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/John Wilson at Aldeburgh Festival 2018 – Robert Murray, James Horan, Mark O’Keeffe, Cédric Tiberghien, Pavel Kolesnikov, Claire Chase [June 8 & 9]

Classical News

More Trouble at the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
The Light in the Piazza, Renée Fleming & Dove Cameron, June-July 2019, Royal Festival Hall
Orchestra shakes up concert hall conventions as players and conductors talk from the stage
The Orchestra Now free concerts
Premier acquires Albion Media
The VII International Jorma Panula Conducting Competition starts next week
National Sawdust Honors Legendary Soprano Jessye Norman with Concert to Benefit Her New Project about Pioneering 19th-Century Opera Singer Sissieretta Jones
The Met celebrates the centennial of Puccini’s Il Trittico with performances beginning November 23
Tadaaki Otaka is 71 today
The Sixteen presents carols and seasonal choral music for its 2018 Christmas tour
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