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Concert Reviews

short description Academy of Ancient Music at Barbican Centre – Richard Egarr conducts Handel’s Brockes-Passion
short description Deutsche Oper Berlin – Wagner’s Rienzi – Torsten Kerl, Martina Welschenbach, Annika Schlicht; directed by Philipp Stölzl; conducted by Evan Rogister
short description [email protected] – John Wilson conducts Gilbert & Sullivan, including Trial by Jury
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra – Andrew Davis conducts The Rose Lake & Pelléas et Mélisande – Lisa Batiashvili plays Szymanowski
short description Merce Cunningham Trust, Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event
short description Javier Perianes at Queen Elizabeth Hall – Chopin Nocturnes & Sonata, Debussy Estampes, Falla Three-Cornered Hat
short description Solomon’s Knot at Wigmore Hall – Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion
short description London Philharmonic Orchestra in New York – Edward Gardner conducts Egmont & Mahler 1 – James Ehnes plays Sibelius’s Violin Concerto
short description Philharmonia Orchestra – Herbert Blomstedt conducts Mozart 40 & Beethoven’s Eroica | Philharmonia Winds – Robin O’Neill conducts his arrangements of Bach, Debussy & Bartók
short description Gavan Ring & Simon Lepper at Wigmore Hall – Schumann, Bodley, Larchet

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 Angels – Choral Music by John Tavener – Winchester Cathedral Choir/Andrew Lumsden [Hyperion]
short description Oslo Philharmonic & Vasily Petrenko – Richard Strauss’s Zarathustra & Heldenleben [LAWO Classics]
short description Leonard Slatkin conducts Hector Berlioz – From Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet, Beatrice and Benedict, King Lear [Orchestre National de Lyon; Naxos]
short description Kirill Karabits conducts Liszt – Mazeppa and Sardanapalo [Staatskapelle Weimar; Audite]
short description Sir Richard Rodney Bennett Orchestral Works Volume 3 – BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/John Wilson, with Sarah Connolly singing A History of the Thé Dansant [Chandos]
short description Busoni’s Piano Concerto – Kirill Gerstein, Sakari Oramo, Boston Symphony Orchestra [Myrios Classics]
short description Martyn Brabbins conducts Elgar’s Caractacus – Huddersfield Choral Society & Orchestra of Opera North [Hyperion]
short description Cédric Tiberghien plays Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage, troisième année & other late piano works [Hyperion]
short description Christian Thielemann & Staatskapelle Dresden at Suntory Hall – Robert Schumann’s Four Symphonies [Sony Classical]
short description Alban Gerhardt plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suites [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 Feature LP Review: Abbado, Harnoncourt and Mainardi – Three Boxed Sets
short description Feature review: BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion: Lili and Nadia Boulanger [Barbican Centre, 6 April 2019]
short description Edward Clark interviews Paavo Järvi regarding his Sibelius Symphony Cycle with Orchestre de Paris for RCA Red Seal
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Wagner’s Die Walküre [Showing on March 30]
short description Hector Berlioz: he died 150 years ago, on 8 March 1869 – a few personal messages – from Anderson to Woods, via Cowan, Falletta, JEG, Matthew-Walker, Orga, Rouse, Slatkin, and others
short description BBC Symphony Orchestra – Total Immersion: György Ligeti – All events up to 5 p.m. [2 March 2019]
short description Hilde Zadek – 15 December 1917-21 February 2019 – An appreciation by Alexander Campbell
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Donizetti’s La Fille du régiment [Showing on March 2]
short description Wilma Lipp – 26 April 1925-26 January 2019: An appreciation by Alexander Campbell
short description Metropolitan Opera Live HD Broadcasts 2018-19: Bizet’s Carmen [Showing on February 2]

Classical News

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra World Tour
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Monteverdi Choir, and John Eliot Gardiner Perform Berlioz’s First Opera, Benvenuto Cellini, at London’s BBC Proms (Sep 2), Crowning High-Profile European Tour to Honor 150th Anniversary of Composer’s Death
Emma Thompson is 60 today
Cancellation: Murray Perahia/Barbican recital on 3 June 2019
Southbank Centre presents a weekend of free, new music as part of PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial 2019
Daniel Kramer to step down as English National Opera’s Artistic Director
East Neuk Festival’s audience development work recognised in shortlist for 2019 Scottish Awards for New Music
Unveiling the 2019 BBC Proms: Friday 19 July–Saturday 14 September
Presteigne Festival | 22-27 August 2019
SIMONE YOUNG To Replace Music Director JAAP van ZWEDEN In Conducting MAHLER’s Symphony No. 6, April 11–13, 2019
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